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Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner

Moonfleet (original 1898; edition 2016)

by J. Meade Falkner (Author), Yordi Abreu (Editor)

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Everyone in the tiny village of Moonfleet lives by the sea one way or another, so it's no surprise when young John Trenchard gets involved in the smuggling trade. Forced to flee England with a price on his head, John little guesses the adventures and trials he will have before he sees Moonfleet again or the change in his fortunes when he does.… (more)
Authors:J. Meade Falkner (Author)
Other authors:Yordi Abreu (Editor)
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2016), 130 pages
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Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner (1898)

  1. 90
    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (atimco)
    atimco: Both are classic adventure stories with boys as narrators. Quite fun.
  2. 10
    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (elizabeth.a.coates)
    elizabeth.a.coates: Both are adventure stories that take place over a number of years and deal with riches, revenge, and romance
  3. 11
    Doctor Syn by Russell Thorndike (devenish)
  4. 00
    Wessex by Geoffrey Grigson (octothorp)
    octothorp: The About Britain guide to Wessex by Geoffrey Grigson recommends Falkner's 'Moonfleet' (rightly in my opinion) as historical fiction especially evocative of the region.
  5. 01
    Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier (devenish)
  6. 01
    Doctor Syn Returns by Russell Thorndike (devenish)
  7. 03
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (elizabeth.a.coates)
    elizabeth.a.coates: Both have very vivid settings that are well-described

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  SueJBeard | Feb 14, 2023 |
This would have been a much more famous work if it hadn't spent so much time in the crypt of the church at the beginning, and if it had actually have more first person adventure rather than narrated adventure offscreen. Still, it was fun to read a book of this ilk again. ( )
  jsmick | Oct 31, 2022 |
Brilliant should I give it five stars? Maybe...
Now I am female not male
I could be the lads grandma ..
I live 250 years approximately after him..
I live in England but at the opposite end..
Never sailed or explored..

So we could not be more different and if you have a description of the subject matter it would not appeal really but this grabbed me and kept me enthralled.
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  SarahKDunsbee | Aug 2, 2021 |
El primer libro de la serie de Aventuras de la editorial Zenda donde Arturo Perez Reverte re-edita clasicos de aventuras olvidados.

Entiendo lo que le gusta a Perez Reverte de este libro. Es una aventura a pie, a barco, de gente normal, gente humilde, donde el protagonista tiene que superar el miedo a la oscuridad, a los cadaveres y a las alturas por ejemplo. No hay superpoderes, no hay grandes efectos, no hay grandes heroes. Cometiendo errores a veces, haciendolo mejor otras en una aventura donde la avaricia, el dolor, el arrepentimiento, la amistad y el amor se mezclan en una mezcla muy humana.

Me ha gustado como el autor nos explica porque el protagonista es capaz de hacer ciertas cosas. Por ejemplo, en un momento para intentar distraer su mente y mirada se fija en varios detalles de un jardin, lo que luego se usa para que el protagonista tenga la confianza de haber visto algo en concreto.

Las descripciones son perfectas. Es increible como en el mundo actual, aun da aprensión leer la descripcion de armas de fuego de hace 200 años. O las tormentas, un mundo en el que unos kilometros de distancia o un cambio en el tiempo era la diferencia entre la vida y la muerte. ( )
  trusmis | Nov 28, 2020 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2006]

**A brilliant story for everyone!**

Brilliant! A great book for readers of any age. Older children, teens & adults should all enjoy it. I don't know how I missed this one out when I was younger, but it's definitely not just for kids... I loved it!! A smuggling tale of adventure that sees the main character, John Trenchard, mature from boy to man. A well-orchestrated twist to the end of the tale too. A classic! ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 12, 2020 |
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The village of Moonfleet lies half a mile from the sea on the right or west bank of the Fleet stream.
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Everyone in the tiny village of Moonfleet lives by the sea one way or another, so it's no surprise when young John Trenchard gets involved in the smuggling trade. Forced to flee England with a price on his head, John little guesses the adventures and trials he will have before he sees Moonfleet again or the change in his fortunes when he does.

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"I was caught in a trap, and knew besides that contraband-men had a way of sealing prying eyes and stilling babbling tongues; and I remembered poor Cracky Jones found dead in the churchyard, and how men said he had met Blackbeard in the night."

In 1757, fifteen-year-old John Trenchard discovers a secret tunnel that leads to the burial vault of Blackbeard the pirate, and a cryptic note that discloses the whereabouts of the legendary Blackbeard diamond - a veritable King's ransom. The jewel was safely hidden and undiscovered until John, driven by his curiosity and lust for adventure, searches for the gem and gets more than he bargained for in the process.
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Hunting for treasure
Seems like a bad idea
Yeah, it really is

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