by K.R. Thompson
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: January 1, 2015
Publisher: K. R. Thompson
Genre: Fairytale re-telling, fantasy
Print Length: 283 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Archie Jameson sat in
the dark corners of the print shop, dreaming of adventure. Today, it
found him. Caught in a chilly October storm, he ducked into a tavern,
hoping to escape the rain. What he found, was a room teeming with
pirates. Shanghaied by the most elderly of the lot, Archie found himself
serving on a ship captained by the fiercest pirate ever to sail the
seven seas— the man known as Blackbeard. Through a series of thrilling
twists, Archie finds himself captain of another of Blackbeard's ships,
the Jolig Roger. In an attempt to flee danger, his ship becomes lost
under stars never before seen. Determined to save both his crew and the
woman he loves, Archie will make decisions that will forever seal his
fate. Discover the untold story of the man who became Captain Hook.
Hook by K.R. Thompson
Was Peter Pan always just a well-meaning lost boy or was he more? Was Captain Hook’s hatred for Peter justified or just the nastiness of a black-hearted pirate? In one of the best tales of how Captain Hook came to be, K.R. Thompson’s Hook tells the tale of a man whose life was destroyed by the callousness of a flying boy. Archie was a dreamer, longing for adventure, but his dreams were cut short when he was kidnapped and consigned to the crew of the feared pirate, Blackbeard. Through fate or sheer dumb luck, Archie becomes a trusted member of the pirate’s crew as they plunder the seas for anything they can turn into gold at the nearest port.
As an honorable pirate, Archie is thrilled with the title, the adventure and he proves himself worthy of Blackbeard’s trust when they gain another ship, the Jolig Roger, after a fierce battle, he becomes its captain. The cargo is far more precious than he could know as hostages are discovered below deck and he finds the love of his life. There is magic aboard his ship and they are locked in its spell, never to leave the waters around an island inhabited by lost boys. When his reason for existing is taken from him with cold calculation, his heart is forever poisoned, and Captain Hook is born.
K.R Thompson’s story-telling is simply amazing! I found myself rooting for the misunderstood pirates, who, in spite of their wicked ways, had a code of honor that they never broke. See beloved characters through a whole new looking glass! Full of action, adventure and imagination, Never Never Land takes on a very different face. And Peter? He’s not just a lonely boy and in magical place. The transformation of young Archie into the dark and soulless Hook could almost bring tears to one’s eyes. This is magical Adult Fantasy that screams, “…The Rest of the Story…” I’m so glad I am finally old enough to appreciate the darker side of pretend. I only wonder, how did K.R. Thompson get the inside scoop?