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The outrageous fortune of Abel Morgan / Cynthia Jefferies.

By: Jeffries, Cynthia.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Allison & Busby Limited, 2018Description: 350 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0749023244; 9780749023249.Subject(s): Kidnapping -- Fiction | Missing children -- Fiction | Fathers and sons -- Fiction | Widowers -- Fiction | Ocean travel -- Fiction | England -- History -- 17th century -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.DDC classification: 823.92 Summary: Returning from the wars in Restoration Europe, Christopher Morgan looks to rebuild his life in England and escape the memory of his recently deceased wife - although looking into the eyes of his young son, Abel, Christopher cannot help but be reminded of what he has lost. Over time, father and son develop a strong bond as Christopher establishes community ties in the West Country, having bought a pub and inherited the previous owner's employees. However this relationship is callously torn apart when Abel is snatched by local ruffians and sold overseas. From the eastern shores of Constantinople to the western American isles, time and tide divide the two, and Christopher will sail far and wide to search for his missing son.
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New 17th century sweeping historical fiction - first adult novel by very successful children's author (writing as Cindy Jefferies).

Returning from the wars in Restoration Europe, Christopher Morgan looks to rebuild his life in England and escape the memory of his recently deceased wife - although looking into the eyes of his young son, Abel, Christopher cannot help but be reminded of what he has lost. Over time, father and son develop a strong bond as Christopher establishes community ties in the West Country, having bought a pub and inherited the previous owner's employees. However this relationship is callously torn apart when Abel is snatched by local ruffians and sold overseas. From the eastern shores of Constantinople to the western American isles, time and tide divide the two, and Christopher will sail far and wide to search for his missing son.

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*Starred Review* Slings and arrows abound in a fast-paced olio of pirating, adventuring, and revenge-seeking by Abel Morgan and, to a lesser degree, his father, Christopher. Readers won't be sure what the author is up to until the end but will gladly suspend disbelief as they are drawn into this seventeenth-century adventure. In fact, there is more to nearly everything in the story than it seems at first, and unexpected plot twists along the way beg open-mouthed, gasping astonishment. Veteran children's author Jefferies delivers outstanding storytelling in her first novel for adults, adding a depth of meaning not found in many swashbuckling adventures by improvising on the themes of Hamlet fathers and sons, virtue versus revenge, and the lurking power of a guilty conscience. Abel is kidnapped, conscripted aboard a privateer, turns pirate, and lands in Port Royal, Jamaica, just before the earthquake of 1692 there. Meanwhile, Christopher runs the Rumfustian Inn in England, makes a hasty journey in search of his son after he is led to believe that Abel is enslaved in Constantinople, and returns home with a surprise. For more high adventures, try Michael Crichton's Pirate Latitudes (2009); and for a literary approach to father-son relationships, read Elizabeth Garner's The Ingenious Edgar Jones (2009), Leif Enger's Peace like a River (2001), and, of course, Shakespeare's Hamlet itself.--Jen Baker Copyright 2019 Booklist