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Riveting, historical accounts of daredevils, pilots and brutal madmen... Tom Bristol's career as first mate of the Maryland bark Randolph abruptly ends during shore leave when he is press - ganged into serving aboard the British HMS Terror. Toil under the cruel whip of England is merciless: Crew members are treated as little more than chattel - barely fed, made to work past the brink of exhaustion and kept in line with a cat - o' - nine - tails. Fate finally smiles on young Bristol when the vessel is overtaken by pirates and he gladly turns coat and joins them.Yet Tom's new pirate mates desert him quickly after he's found guilty of killing a mutinous pirate and unwittingly harboring a woman on board. Marooned on a deserted island, Tom has nothing but a small supply of water, a gun and just enough bullets to kill himself. But Tom dreams up a devious plan that will return him to the high seas and make his past adventures pale compared to what he has in store for his many enemies.... ''Beats any Pirates of the Caribbean story you will find.'' - Associated Content --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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  • Editeur : Galaxy Press (CA); Édition : Unabridged (1 septembre 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1592123333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592123339
  • Dimensions du produit: 14,5 x 13,7 x 1,5 cm
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Par LAURENS le 7 juin 2014
Format: CD Achat vérifié
Un vrai nanard d'autre fois de cap et d'épée avec une histoire d'amour improbable entre un corsaire et une princesse!

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4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Perfectly fine pirate tale, well presented. But we're not talking "The Sea Hawk" 25 mars 2009
Par Joseph P. Menta, Jr. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
Like "If I Were You", the one other audio version of this series I listened to, "Under The Black Ensign" features excellent packaging laced with beautiful art, a thick, fact-filled booklet about L. Ron Hubbard and the Golden Age of pulps (the same booklet accompanying the other title I mentioned), and absolutely top-notch production values on the audio itself.

But also like that other title, I thought the story was only adequately entertaining, not exceptional in any way. At least the pirate motif was a little more exciting and engaging than the two stories featured in the "If I Were you" audio, which centered, respectively, around circus shenanigans and whimsical gangsters who get hold of a growth potion. I found those stories ultimately silly. But, alas, the pirate stuff here is, if not silly, sort of by-the-numbers. It's all stuff you've seen before: intrigue and mutiny among the pirates, a girl of breeding hiding among the pirates disguised as a man, endless battles and threats between the English officers and the pirate leaders, etc. Again, nothing is horrible, but nothing is all that memorable.

I will say that it was kind of interesting that the pirates position themselves as the truly honorable denizens of the high seas, as opposed to- as portrayed by the author- the savage, brutal English Navy, which whips its sailors into submission at the slightest transgression. Also somewhat fascinating was the pirates freeing of a shipful of black slaves from their English masters and becoming allies with them. I wonder if that aspect of the story was controversial back in the 1930's when "Under The Black Ensign" first appeared, and black heroes in pulp stories- even those in only secondary roles- were probably quite rare.

If any of what I've described makes you want to try out this title, please don't let my overall lukewarm response to it discourage you. As said, I found interesting aspects to the story, and it's inarguable that much care and craft went into the audio presentation. So, it is certainly quite possible that the end result just might make a better impression on you more than it did on me.
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A Golden Age classic! 8 août 2009
Par T.P.M. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Originally published in the August 1935 issue of "Five Novels Monthly" magazine, L. Ron Hubbard's thrilling "Under the Black Ensign" has been beautifully reprinted in this quality paperback by Galaxy Press as part of their ongoing series of Golden Age stories. "Under the Black Ensign" is especially fascinating because it represents the swashbuckler, a genre now extinct. But at the time this short novel was published the swashbuckler was very much alive in Hollywood and in the dozens of pulp magazines that flourished during the 1930s. Errol Flynn was wooing audiences in "Captain Blood" (based upon the novel by Rafael Sabatini) and the pirate novels of Col. Prentiss Ingaham were being reprinted to great success.

Hubbard's writing career had taken off like a rocket. He demonstrated no fear in tackling every genre the market demanded - westerns, science fiction, mystery, fantasy, air adventure, spy and international intrigue, and sea adventure tales. Hubbard was prolific from the start and his extraordinary talent is apparent on every page.

There's not a dull paragraph to be found in "Under the Black Ensign." Of course, the same can be said of all of Hubbard's golden age stories. The tale recounts the adventures of Tom Bristol who is pressured into joining the crew of the HMS Terror where he experiences firsthand the cruelties of the British navy. When the Terror is overtaken by pirates Bristol life takes a dramatic turn when he is marooned on an island only to be saved by a beautiful girl. Here he plots his revenge and...ah, but here's where you need to stop reading this review and order the book to find out what happens next.

Hubbard was a man of ideas and I was fascinated that "Under the Black Ensign" contained a racial subtext for Tom Bristol is a character that will have nothing to do with racism. After freeing the captives of a slave ship Bristol informs two staid British seamen, "These men are free men, not slaves. I don't happen to be of your stamp, gentleman. When I take lives I use a rapier, not the whipping post and starvation, and yet I am a pirate, while you and your brothers are supposed to be civilized beings."

Bristol, like many of Hubbard's characters, espouses an ideology of freewill, fair play and equality. It was a theme Hubbard returned to time and again, and it adds depth to his adventure tales. As always, the writing is crisp, vivid, and loaded with action.

Each Galaxy Press edition of Hubbard's stories is introduced with a short essay by Kevin J. Anderson and concludes with a biographical profile. "Under the Black Ensign" also includes a glossary of nautical terms and other phrases and a diagram of a full rigged sailing ship. Better yet, you get story previews of forthcoming editions. All of this is inexpensively priced at $9.95 and the Galaxy Press website offers special packages that you won't want to miss. Most of these stories have not been previously reprinted. These are beautifully produced books and I intend on reading them all. And so Avast, you lubbers! Spread the news that Hubbard is back, and fans of the classic era of pulp adventure stories will be thrilled by these magnificent books!
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Pulpy and action packed! 20 février 2014
Par Rob Slaven - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
As usual I received this title for free in exchange for a review. This time from LibraryThing and in AudioBook format. Despite that kindness I will give my scrupulously honest review below.

First and foremost, it should be realized that my review is predicated entirely on the understanding that this is pulp action fiction pure and simple. Is there a grand and complex plotline to keep you guessing? no. Is there Dickensian detail and character development? no. Is there a grand social commentary buried in these pages? Not really... but sorta. This is just action, action and more action and that's all it tries to be. And at that, it does pretty well. OK, so that understood, lets get down to it.

So, on the positive side (and remember I have the audio book version of this) the book isn't really a book so much as a radio play. The narrator's voice is strong and steady and flawless throughout and the sound effects are comparable to what you would have heard in one of the radio broadcasts back in the 40s-50s. I'm a fan of such rot so that's a positive for me. It may well be a negative for you.

To the negative, while the narrator is steady his supporting cast is sometimes a bit off their game. The only other real negative is, possibly, everything I said in the first and foremost category. If you want depth or complexity look elsewhere. If you want sword battles and cannon fire, then stay right here.

In summary, it's pretty good at what it tries to be. I cannot fathom actually reading this text as it is pretty pulpy but as an audio book is does pretty well.

PS: It is always my endeavor to provide helpful reviews. If you find my review helpful please vote appropriately. If you do not, then please leave me a comment indicating what you want to know and I'll be sure to do better next time or else go find out that information and add it to the review!
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From the Con Man 6 avril 2013
Par Gardener - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Wow. There's nothing that's worthwhile in this book. Just some tripe he knocked out in 30 minutes. But what can you expect from the guy who gave us the most elaborate religious con to date -- Scientology? This book was a free book in the Kindle edition, but even at "free" it's still overpriced.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Entertaining high-seas adventure 24 septembre 2013
Par girlwithacurl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I received my copy of "Under the Black Ensign" through Goodreads' First Reads program. The book arrived this afternoon, its garish cover promising an equally unsubtle and colorful tale. It did not disappoint. What a fantastic distillation of swashbuckling exploits! I had only planned to skim a few pages and then set it aside to read over the weekend but became entirely caught up in the story and finished it almost before I realized I had started. With nearly every piratical activity you could think of written into a mere 80 pages, there wasn't room for the sort of things that generally go along with the "literature" label (extensive backstory, character development, etc.) If you're expecting something along those lines you'll be disappointed. If, however, you're looking for an uncomplicated, action-packed adventure yarn then this is definitely the book for you. I think "Under the Black Ensign" would particularly appeal to adventuresome minded 10-14 year old boys and girls, and adults seeking a few entertaining, escapist hours. I enjoyed this book a great deal and look forward to stocking up on a few more L. Ron Hubbard tales for these rainy Autumn afternoons.

A note regarding Galaxy Press and scientology: The package containing my copy of "Under the Black Ensign" included a brief note from the publisher and a catalog featuring other titles published by Galaxy Press. The book itself, in addition to the title story, included a short history of pulp fiction and a brief biography of L. Ron Hubbard. Not once in any of this literature did I find a reference to dianetics or scientology beyond a sentence mentioning that Mr. Hubbard stopped writing for the pulps in order to devote himself to "his serious research." (This bio is posted on the publisher's website exactly as it appears in the book.) Nor did I find any such reference during a cursory search of Galaxy Press' website. The publishers are, to all outward appearances, concerned only with promoting Mr. Hubbard's fictional works.
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