Pirates of the Caribbean Prequel
October 16, 2012 5 Comments
For fans of the Pirates movies, I’ve got a treat for you. And even if you’re not a fan of all of the movies, this book could be enough to nearly satisfy what was missing in movies 2 and 3 – entertainment. (Part 4 is as good as the first one by the way – in case its predecessors discouraged you from seeing it.)
Now, at 650-odd pages, The Price of Freedom by A.C. Crispen, took me months to read. Mostly because I’d bounce back and forth to more serious books, because I do not condone anyone spending all their reading time on entertainment, and that’s what this book is – reading candy. Too much of this kind of book and your brain will get cavities. (I know, I know, I wrote a novel for entertainment, but it’s my job, go easy on me.)
That said (stepping off my soapbox now), as far as candy goes, this one’s pretty sweet. Meet young Jack Sparrow, an ex-pirate trying to make an honest living as a sailor for the East India Trading Company. Later, he finds himself working directly under Cuttler Becket. You’ll have run-ins with a handful of characters from the movies and you’ll nod your head and say, “Ah,” several times in recognition to many familiar references.
I appreciated that Crispen didn’t linger too long on the few action scenes that there were, because sword fights in a book, as opposed to watching them in a movie, can be quite dull (“He jabbed the air, the other guy ducked. He jabbed the air again, the other guy jumped. He sliced the air this time, and the other guy leaned over…”). No, the strength of this book actually comes from the dialogue, and Jack Sparrow actually talks like Jack Sparrow!
I did have a few qualms with Freedom, however. I felt like Jack was out of character a lot of times. For instance, the author portrayed him as an abolitionist. I know, technically speaking, Sparrow is a protagonist. But the Jack Sparrow in the movies wouldn’t care one way or the other about slavery. Maybe Crispen was just being politically correct, and I can understand that – job security and all. But I always thought one of the key character-traits in Jack Sparrow was that he’s always looking out for numero uno – and with style! I just felt like I was reading about someone else when he actually cared about something other than his beloved ship or treasure.
The other problem I had was that I didn’t feel like the book addressed all the mysteries the movies hinted at. And I certainly didn’t feel like the book’s ending pulled us up to the shore of the opening of Black Pearl when we’re first introduced to Captain Sparrow.
The last major problem I had was the sensuality. There was lots of it. I know, “A woman at every port” and all – I understand that. But I’d rather the story just cut straight to the next morning. Now to be fair, it never got graphic, but the innuendos were frequently threaded throughout. Luckily the book is thicker than my Bible, so the size alone would deter any kid from reading it.
But candy is supposed to taste good, not provide nourishment. I don’t think there was anything poisonous in this book to Christians. But if you read my blog often enough, you know that I can’t help but draw some Biblical teaching out of any book or movie. This book stumps me in that regard. It’s like Harry Potter. It’s a good time-killer, nothing more, nothing less. So if you’re looking for a fun, brainless adventure on the high seas, “[Eat] up, me hearties…”
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