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by Viv Richardson

"They were lost. All aboard the 'Sirius' knew it now. 'Damn and blast this fog!' cursed Lucien Windjammer under his breath. 'Silence!' he roared out loud. 'For the love of God, not a man shall speak!' An uneasy quiet fell over the crew as he struck a note from the bell. Too late. Ahead of them the fog parted briefly. As the fog rolled back, the blunt face of a cliff jumped skywards. 'Reef! Dead ahead. Rocks!' And in that moment all aboard the 'Sirius' knew that awesome monument would be their gravestone." The fortunes of the trading House of Windjammer are inextricably tied to their ships. And when the ship Sirius goes down, the House is dragged down with it. At the age of sixteen, Adam Windjammer is forced to become a man as his family is torn apart round his ears. Trying to protect his mother and his sisters from the predatory business clutches of the banker Van Helsen, and also from his inept and greedy uncle Augustus, Adam feels besieged on all sides. Who can help him now his father has gone? Adam feels only too hard the weighty burden of the Windjammer ring.And Adam can't help being suspicious too of Gerrit, the long-serving family accountant, creeping out at all hours of the night . Adam gets a huge shock when he finally understands the shady and risky business that Gerrit has become involved in. An incredibly colourful and atmospheric novel that paints an evocative picture of living in the bustling, often dangerous sailing port of Amsterdam, where so many livelihoods are tied to the arrival (or not) of the latest ship. Fast-paced and incredibly action-packed, and touching on the tulip mania that enveloped Amsterdam, it will have both boy and girl readers on the edges of their seats as Adam faces the latest twist that Fate deals him
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ISBN: 0747564752
ISBN13: 978-0747564751
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Literary
Author: Viv Richardson
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (June 7, 2004)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1661 kb
FB2 size: 1270 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 324
Other Formats: mbr lrf mobi lit

This is an odd one. I got it for my seventh grade son in advance of our trip to Amsterdam, thinking it would give him a feel for the culture and city. He couldn't get into it, but I decided to read it myself. After a couple of chapters, I could see why it didn't grab him. It didn't grab me, either, at first, but once I settled in and gave it a chance, I really enjoyed it. The language, vocabulary and figures of speech, in my opinion, are a couple steps above what the average middle-schooler would grasp or appreciate, but to a writer like myself, I was impressed page after page with his turns of phrase, word choices and the way he masterfully put the reader in the place and time, and in the head of the main character. There is a lot of talking, thinking, mourning, self-reflection and observation--this is by no means an "action/adventure" novel. But when it appears, the action is well done and appropriately paced. There were many twists and unexpected conflicts, and the further I got into it, the faster I read it. The ending was a tiny bit of a letdown, but after thinking about it later, it felt right. Will definitely track down the sequel. Bottom line: would only recommend to older, more mature teens, but definitely recommend to adults who like historical fiction.
After the death of his father, Adam Windjammer is the head of his household and must save his house from the clutches of his corrupt uncle and protect his mother and little sisters, Viola and Rose from his corrupt and double dealing )Augustus, the ruthless banker Hugo van Helsen (whose henchman is the evil preacher Abner Heems. Added to the mix is Van Helsen's beautiful and enigmatic daughter Jade. Adam adventures through the slums of Amsterdam from his house in the rich quarter of Amsterdam, the Herenracht, and must seek the elusive 'black jewel)
Captures the sights, sounds and smells of 1630s Amsterdam, and is full of atmosphere and high adventure with rich characterization.
melody of you
I found this book more on the average side of things. Although written well, the middle of the book is slow and the climax doesnt really happen until the last 30 pages. At that point in time I found the book very enjoyable but after a lousy ending, it was not worth more than 3 1/2 stars. However, I am not sure if there is a sequel to this book and if there is I would read it to give it another chance. The thing I found impressive with this book would be about the character development. You can sympathise with the characters, and the mood of the book reflects on the House of Windjammer as it falls. I would recommend this book to anyone who finds historical novels interesting, and to anyone who can stand a action - lacked complication.
This book is absolutely fantastic! Its the story of a young boy whose father dies and he then has the responsibiliy to run the family business. He then becomes involved in lots of adventures and meets many interesting characters. It takes place in Amsterdam in the 1600's, a place and time that I didn't know anything about, but the author makes you feel like you're right there. I am sure there will be a sequel to this book and I can't wait!
I recommend this book highly
Brick my own
I did enjoy this book, but it was nothing special. I liked the main character, Adam's, determination and strong character. I, also, liked the twists and turns. The characters were stereotypical: the evil banker, greedy uncle, and determined hero, Adam. I found myself becoming bored with the story and never grew attached to any of the characters. The one character that interested me, Jade, whose mystery and strength I found alluring, was actually rather naïve and weak. The ending was left open to a sequel, which can be considered a good or bad thing. All in all this was an average novel.
full of twists, suspense, and quite some action, this book will keep you guessing til the end. though the ending was a bit of a dissapointment, i can smell a sequel that u'll most likely be eager to read. and even if u didnt like how it all turned out, u have to appreciate the hidden meaning that set it apart from most predictable books
This was a very suspenseful book full of wonderful characters and a great plot. I would 100% recommend this book. I've read it numerous times and still love reading it.