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SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SOLVED! --Mutiny on British Navy ship in late 18th-century South Seas [s]

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message 1: by Werner (last edited Oct 23, 2014 10:04AM) (new) - added it

Werner | 104 comments This is NOT Mutiny on the Bounty (which I've also read), nor part of the Bounty trilogy; but it has a similar premise. The crew of the H.M.S. Blossom, led by first officer Lt. Mason, mutiny against sadistic Capt. Burt, take over the ship, pick up some natives (mostly female) and go off to colonize an uninhabited island --but things don't go smoothly. Lt. Adam Purcell is the main, viewpoint character, and his love interest is the young Polynesian woman Ivoa.

I've only read what was (I believe) a condensed version of this, definitely published by Reader's Digest; but I'm not sure if it was in one of their regular Reader's Digest Condensed Books volumes or not. I read it in the early 70s, so it can't have been published later than that. It may have been published well earlier, since I don't recall the date on the book I read it from.

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Rachel Hewitt | 13 comments I'm guessing it's not by Patrick O'Brien? He did the Master and Commander series

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Werner | 104 comments No, Rachel, it's not part of that series. (Different characters and situation.) But thanks for the guess!

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Sue Elleker | 766 comments Like you, I read this in Reader's Digest. I think it was just called 'The Island', but there's a lot of books with that title!

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Werner | 104 comments Sue, at least that gives me something to go on; thanks! I'll follow that lead up, and post here if it gets me anywhere.

message 6: by Kris (last edited Oct 23, 2014 03:06PM) (new)

Kris | 33251 comments Mod
The Mutineer: A Romance of Pitcairn Island by Louis Becke?

Perhaps it's a short story in this collection - True Tales of the South Seas by A. Grove Day?

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Lobstergirl | 37753 comments Mod
Sounds like The Island by Robert Merle. There are no English translations on GR:


Here are some Worldcat records for the English language edition, plus the Reader's Digest version:


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Werner | 104 comments Thanks, Lobstergirl! That's the one; using the author and title you supplied, I was able to do a Google search, and I found an online review from Kirkus Reviews that confirmed it. This group rocks! I'll be adding the title to my shelves; and I'll use the links you supplied to add the English edition to the Goodreads database, and to our group bookshelf.

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Lobstergirl | 37753 comments Mod
You're welcome.

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Lobstergirl | 37753 comments Mod
It was Sue who found the title, of course!

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Werner | 104 comments Yes, she did indeed; so Sue, a big thanks to you as well!

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Sue Elleker | 766 comments I'll have to see if I can read it again-Reader's Digest always cut out the good bits!

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Werner | 104 comments Well, Sue, now you'll know what book to look for the re-read! :-)

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