Author: Brian Jacques
The Flying Dutchman! The legend of the wind-tattered ghost ship and its mad sea captain, cursed to said the seas forever, has been passed down throughout the centuries. But what of the boy and his dog who were trapped aboard that ship? What became of them?
Sent off on an eternal journey of their own by an avenging angel, the boy and dog roam the earth throughout the centuries in search of those in need. Braving wind and waves and countless perils, their travels lead them to Chapelvale, a sleepy 19th-century village whose very existence is at stake. Only by discovering the buried secrets and solving the dust-laden riddles of the ancient village can it be saved. This will take the will and wile of all the people - and a very special boy and dog.
This is Brian Jacques as you have never seen him before!
-The summary from the cover of Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
Characters: Very good! Ben and Ned are the type of characters that you can’t possibly help liking, and the rest of the characters are diverse and colorful. Readers familiar with the Redwall series will find pleasant reminders of favorite characters in the cast of Castaways of the Flying Dutchman.
Location: Very good! There’s plenty of description, and although there’s no map, it’s very clear all the same. 5/5
Plot: This book seems to have two or three plots within the main plot of Ben and Ned’s adventures, a fact which makes it seem like there are two or three books in one. All the plots are well done and clear, and I like how the focus switches between Ben and Ned and the bad guys.
Other: I will note that this book is slightly violent, although there is not graphic violence. Also, some people may be slightly disturbed or frightened by the last scene on the Flying Dutchman.
Overall Rating: 4/5