As he tucked the rugs around us I noticed that the ring-finger of his left hand was tattooed with three blue rings. I remembered what Mrs. Cottier had said about the man who had lighted her fire in the barn, so I stared at him hard, trying to fix his features in my memory. He was a well-made, active-looking man, with great arms and shoulders. He was evidently a sailor: One could tell that by the way of his walk, by the way in which his arms swung, by the way his head was set upon his body. What made him remarkable was the peculiar dancing brightness of his eyes; they gave his face, at odd moments, the look of a fiend; then that look would go, and he would look like a mischievous, merry boy; but more generally he would look fierce and resolute. Then his straight mouth would set, his eyes puckered in as though he were looking out to windward, the scar upon his cheek twitched and turned red, and he looked most wrathful and terrible.
Marah Gorsuch, pirate, smuggler, curmudgeon, and Jim Davis, twelve-year-old orphan, have been thrown together through a series of unfortunate events. Though Marah takes care of Jim, after a fashion, he’s bound up with a fierce crew, and when Jim blunders in among them, there’s no turning back. Too much risk that he’d let their secrets out.
Owl cries in the night; night riders wildly galloping along coastal roads; grim battles between
smugglers and soldiers; hideouts; disguises. It’s adventure piled on top of adventure for Jim, as he struggles to return to the quiet safety of his home.
John Masefield, former British Poet Laureate, wrote this rip-roaring story in 1911, long before safety latches and seat belts were invented! This is edge-of-your-seat peril to rival Jim Hawkins’ Treasure Island sortie, yet is accessible, if read aloud, to younger (brave) listeners. For those with stout hearts, ages 9 and up can enjoy this. Obviously, it’s especially well-suited to boys, with barely a female character in the lot, and not for the overly timid!
Here’s an Amazon link:Jim Davis: High-Sea Adventure, A