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Under the Black Ensign (Stories from the…

Under the Black Ensign (Stories from the Golden Age) (1935)

by L. Ron Hubbard

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I had heard the name L Ron Hubbard but never read any of his works, thinking he only wrote Science Fiction. So when I saw this pirate tale I thought why not. I am now a fan and will be looking for more of his works regardless of the genre. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 6, 2016 |
An excellent and colorful adventure story.Tom Bristol gets himself in a tight spot and works and wits his way out. Excellent characters as always with Mr Hubbard. Bristol isn't fond of slavery. ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Feb 5, 2016 |
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Rousing adventure on the high seas. A fun tale in a simpler pulp style. Refreshing brisk and well dramatized. A rewarding audio experience. Brought back memories of daydreaming while reading Classics Illustrated. A great way to spend two hours. ( )
  dremel | Sep 9, 2015 |
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Another 80-year-old pulp yarn from L. Ron Hubbard—this one not much more than a mildly pleasurable diversion featuring the usual cast of flat characters going through their standard paces. Even so, I was actually enjoying the fast-paced seventeenth-century pirate action right up until the too-perfect-to-be-believable ending rolled up in the last few pages with a loud clunk. ( )
  bcooper | Aug 10, 2014 |
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I have read several of Hubbard's books in the past, “Battlefield Earth”, “Mission Earth”, etc., and while this wasn't a bad book I was more impressed with his science fiction ( )
  fletch68 | Jun 17, 2014 |
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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. . . .
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Pirates maroon ex-first mate of an English ship and fellow pirate, Tim Bristol, on a desert island, but Tom isn't giving up. He schemes a crafty plan to not only get off the island and back on the high seas, but to punish those who deserted him.

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