Title: Captain Hook: Villain or Victim?
Author: Ellwyn Autumn
Genre: Fairytale/magic realism
Rating: 3 stars
**Beware the spoilers!**
**Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“David J. Locke is a would-be journalist with lofty aspirations. Following an incredible lead, he sails the high seas in search of Captain James T. Hook, resolved to uncover the pirate’s version of what happened with Peter Pan. Adventure abounds during Locke’s travels; unexpected revelations lurk around every dark corner. During his travels, an old seaman befriends Locke and guides the inexperienced reporter as he learns truths about Hook he never expected.”
Who’s driving this thing?
A man in the middle of a career change. David J. Locke decides right at the beginning of this book that actually, he’s always wanted to become a journalist. His first ever story is to find and interview Captain Hook. David is an enthusiastic character who always tries to make light of a situation. He is so innocent that he mistakes being pelted with apples after boarding a ship with being offered a snack. He’s an endearing character, for sure.
What’s this all about?
David’s desire to be a journalist is influenced by a young boy telling his friends a story about how Captain Hook is actually living in Madagascar now after having been ejected from Neverland. After asking the boy for more information, David sets off on a wild adventure aboard a ship bound for Madagascar.
As he gets to know the ship’s occupants, David becomes aware that their cargo is a mystery and that the captain isn’t so much in charge as a mysterious stranger who is missing a hand, known only as Jimbone. The closer they get to Madagascar, the more David begins to suspect that Captain Hook is nearer than he first believed.
What’s so great about it?
David is a great go-get-’em character who I could really get behind from the beginning. His naivete was endearing and while he was a fish out of water aboard the ship, he was completely oblivious and happily goes about his day.
The style of the story was great, because it was set in the early 20th century and the style of this book really reflected the writing style at the time. There’s something about old-fashioned styles that really get me hooked (no pun intended) and made this one really easy to read.
What’s not so great about it?
I struggle to appreciate big coincidences, especially when there’s lots of them and there are quite a few in this book. First, the boy just so happens to run past with the information David is looking for. Then, Captain Hook and the fairies just happen to be aboard the ship he is on as he travels to Madagascar to look for him. The coincidences are so large that David doesn’t really need to do anything to get the answers he was looking for and for me, that was a bit anti-climactic.
Where can I get it?
Thanks for reading!