The Curse of Treasure Island - A Novel by Francis Bryan - 5/2002 - New / unread

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The Curse of

 Treasure Island


[A Novel by Francis Bryan]


At the end of TREASURE ISLAND, Robert Louis Stevenson’s gripping adventure story, the Hispaniola sailed away with “great heaps of coin…bars of gold… doubloons and double guineas.” But some treasure had to be left behind as were three surviving pirates, deliberately marooned. Their leader Long John Silver, had changed sides in time to save his skin, and on the voyage home to Bristol slipped ashore, helping himself to some of the hoard as he vanished.


Jim Hawkins, the cabin-boy who narrated the story, returned to live in the English countryside near his friends Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, and grew up to become landlord of the family inn. He swore that “oxen and wain-ropes would not bring me back again to the accursed island.” But one day, ten years after his return, a beautiful stranger and her young son come looking for Jim Hawkins, and he is led back to the South Seas, to even greater danger than before, to violence and a mystery...


This thrilling sequel to one of the greatest adventure stories ever told is written in the same spirit and with due homage to the wonderful original.


FRANCIS BRYAN is the pseudonym of a prominent British broadcast journalist.




  Prologue: Grown to Man’s Estate  -  Pg. 1


Part One: The Bridge Face of Danger

 1. A Mysterious Arrival  -  Pg. 7

 2. Violent Encounters  -  Pg. 15

 3. Under Siege Again  -  Pg. 24

4. The Majesty of the Law  -  Pg. 31

 5. Fugitives All  -  Pg. 39

 6. The Night Riders  -  Pg. 46



Part Two: To Travel Hopefully

 7. My Clever Uncle  -  Pg. 55

 8. Old Friends Are Best  -  Pg. 63

 9. The Hispaniola  -  Pg. 71

 10. The Black Brig  -  Pg. 79

 11. Ocean Waves  -  Pg. 85

 12. Treasure Island Again  -  Pg. 89



Part Three: Black and Blacker

 13. A Mysterious Disappearance  -  Pg. 97

 14. Our Difficulties Increase  -  Pg. 106

 15. The Captain’s Ruse  -  Pg. 114

 16. I Argue My Case  -  Pg. 124

 17. The Smell of Death  -  Pg. 131

 18. The Pit of Evil  -  Pg. 140



Part Four: The Impenitent Thief

 19. The Savagery of Man  -  Pg. 149

 20. Escape into Peril  -  Pg. 156

 21. A Safety of Sorts  -  Pg. 161

 22. The Jaws of Danger  -  Pg. 168

 23. Dry Land Once More  -  Pg. 175

 24. And We Meet Again  -  Pg. 183



Part Five: Gentlemen of Spirit

 25. A Motley Crew  -  Pg. 195

 26. In Sinister Times  -  Pg. 202

 27. A Fearful Reunion  -  Pg. 209

 28. The Game’s Afoot  -  Pg. 217



Part Six: Let the Blow Fall

29. Steel Meets Fire  -  Pg. 227

 30. Dishonour Among Thieves  -  Pg. 234

31. Of Deepest Inhumanity  -  Pg. 243

32. The Faces of Our Enemies  -  Pg. 251

 33. The Wonder of Battle  -  Pg. 259

 34. The Last, Longest Moments  -  Pg. 270


Epilogue: A Bed of Roses?  -  Pg. 277



Product Details

Hardcover: 291 pages

Copyright: Francis Bryan 2001

Publisher: Viking Penguin- May 9, 2002; First American edition

Language: English

ISBN 10: 0670030899

ISBN 13: 9780670030897

Product Dimensions: 9.3(h) x 6.2(w) x 1.0(d) inches

Book Weight: 1.5 pounds

List Price: $24.95



Consumer Reviews

 4.0 out of 5 stars Available Again


 TOP 500 REVIEWER, April 10, 2014

 Format: Hardcover

 Of all of the Boys Own adventure classics available to modern younger readers, in my mind the books of Robert Louis Stevenson continue to be the most accessible, engrossing and entertaining. For those who favor the piratical side of the ledger "Treasure Island" remains a stirring read. For those less interested in gentlemen of fortune but still keen on skulking and adventuring there is "Kidnapped".

"Kidnapped" has a sequel penned by Stevenson, "Balfour", but it is hard going and has marked the end of many readers' acquaintance with Stevenson. Until now there was no sequel by the author to "
Treasure Island", although there have been upwards of a dozen "sequels" written by others with varying degrees of success.

I say "until now" because "Jim Hawkins and the Curse of Treasure Island" is both a worthy successor to "Treasure Island" and a testament to what an accomplished author can create as a work of "affection and homage", (in Delaney's words). This book was first issued in 2001 under the author's pen name Francis Bryan. It is now reissued as Frank Delaney's work. (Jim Hawkins and The Curse of Treasure Island) Delaney has had a long and distinguished career as a writer of fiction and non-fiction as well as as a cultural and literary scene observer and accomplished critic, so he brought, along with his affection for the material, a considerable range of skills to this project.

All would seem to agree that as an experiment in capturing the tone and structure and feel of Stevenson's original this book is a success. In setting out episodes of gripping action/adventure the author has, again, succeeded. As to larger matters of plot and certain of the characters one is ambivalent. And, as one might expect, the more devoted one is to the original, the more fault one can find in this sequel.

One could go on at length about how certain words are used or misused, or how certain character's actions or reactions don't square with the conventions of the times, and so on. I sympathize with Stevenson purists, but on balance I am still happy to have this book available to hand over to the kid who has enjoyed "
Treasure Island" and wants "some more, please". That's not a bad bottom line. For me, it's good to have this available again.


4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Flawed Sequel, August 25, 2010



 This review is from: The Curse Of Treasure Island (Hardcover)

 Since discovering "The Adventures of Ben Gunn" when I was a young admirer of "Treasure Island", I have tried to keep up with the sequels and prequels, but it's becoming a big job!


"The Curse of Treasure Island" is in many ways a worthy sequel, developing the situation and the characters, adding worthwhile new ones and taking us through many exciting episodes.
I did not, like others, feel that it fell apart when they organized the expedition without knowing Grace's full story. In the end I felt that Grace was an incomprehensible character, but maybe that is a good period point - people of opposite sexes did not expect to understand one another.
I got a bit uneasy about roping in Long John Silver "to catch a thief". We had a fairly sentimental version of Silver, a bit reminiscent of Robert Newton in his television series. If I were Jim, I might have worried a bit more about a possible double-cross.
But what is wrong period-wise (and a bit odd anyway)is his comparatively unconcerned assumption that his beloved has had a child out of wedlock. Which turns out to be correct - but not by the repulsive father he imagines. A lover might make every allowance, but Jim does not seem to think as people of his time did think (at least conventionally) about extra-marital sex. There is another problem - COULD Louis be legitimised by a subsequent marriage? And a storytelling problem, which is that Tait the monster and cannibal seems a completely different man from Tait the credible witness, which Louis's claim to the title requires.
Finally, of course, surely Jim has been consciously tricked, matrimonially, by his uncle? He does not seem to see it that way.
Altogether, a strange book, but a good read.



5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, enjoyable read!, August 1, 2005


 Michele Slack "book bean" (Lehi, UT USA)

This review is from: The Curse Of Treasure Island (HardCover)

 I was very hesitant to buy this book. Sequels by other authors are often very disappointing. After reading the prologue I was hooked. I read it all in a day & half. There are many interesting books in the world, but not enough books that you don't want to put down & can't wait to see what happens. This is one of them. I was trying to tell someone about the plot, & just saying it out loud, it doesn't seem like it could work. But it does, & wonderfully. This book is just pure fun, one of the most enjoyable books I've read in quite a while. Anyone who likes pirates should read this book.



4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Sequel, June 21, 2004


 J. Garlen "coolcatjuniper" (HUNTSVILLE, AL USA)

This review is from: The Curse Of Treasure Island (Hardcover)

 No, Francis Bryan is not as good as R.L. Stevenson, but this sequel is a well-written follow up to the original that moves along at a gripping pace. I don't think Bryan is slavishly imitating RLS's narratorial voice here; he imagines a more mature Jim Hawkins, and he does a good job bringing out the mixed feelings demonstrated by the original Jim at the close of Treasure Island. By comparison, I couldn't get through Porto Bello Gold, a prequel to Treasure Island. Bryan's book has better pacing and more sensitive writing than a lot of successful sequel writers; he seems to have real feeling for these characters.

If you are a fan of the original and interested in how some of the loose threads MIGHT have been tied up, this book is a pleasure to read and worth picking up. Keep it away from younger or more sensitive readers, however; it does contain some perfectly logical but disturbing elements.



3.0 out of 5 stars CHARACTERS OLD & NEW, A FUN READ, February 20, 2004


 Jeff Howard (South Dakota)

This review is from: The Curse Of Treasure Island (Hardcover)

 Years after returning from his Treasure Island adventure, Jim Hawkins, is now a man and back in the mix, defending a young woman and her son from the powers that be. For reasons that have little to do with the original, Jim soon finds himself on the run and en route to Treasure Island, to locate one of the pirates marooned there in the original--Joseph Tait--with an older John Silver and Ben Gunn.

Though an interesting novel written in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson's original, there are too many references to previous events, and not enough fleshing out of new characters. This might have been better if the author, Francis Bryan, hadn't tried so hard to sound like Stevenson.

Worth the couple of days it will take you to get through it, but not overly compelling.



5.0 out of 5 stars "Pieces of eight; pieces of eight!", August 25, 2003


 Frank J. Konopka (Shamokin, PA)

This review is from: The Curse Of Treasure Island (Hardcover)

 "Treasure Island" is one of my favorite books (see my list on [website]), so the thought of a sequel was very interesting to me. Buying the book was an excellent idea, as I horoughly enjoyed it. I've always wondered what became of the characters in the original, and this book answers that question quite well. Jim Hawkins has grown into a fine man, and Long John Silver, a bit older and somewhat the worse for wear, is as wily as ever. We see all "the usual suspects" from the original, and there is a rollicking adventure tale included. The ending is a bit bittersweet, but quite satisfying in its way. This is a book well worth reading, and I highly recommend it!



5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to Robert Louis Stevenson, June 2, 2002


 Tim O'Bryhim (Lawrence, KS United States)

 This review is from: The Curse of Treasure Island (Hardcover)

 I imagine Robert Louis Stevenson would approve of this exciting tale. It measures up well to the original novel in all aspects. In fact, I found myself enjoying "The Curse..." more than the original. As a boy I recall wishing for Jim Hawkins' courage and nobility of spirit. And now, two decades after I first read "Treasure Island," I find myself thinking these same thoughts.



4.0 out of 5 stars Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, May 12, 2002


 Harriet Klausner

This review is from: The Curse of Treasure Island (Hardcover)

 Now a young adult, former treasure hunter Jim Hawkins manages the Admiral Benbow Inn following his renovation of the former dive. However, the twenty-one years old Jim spends a lot of time boasting about his island adventures over a drink or two. Grace Richardson hears about the brave Jim's incredible escapades with pirates on the high seas and Treasure Island. She, accompanied by her son, beseeches Jim to find the pirate Joseph Tait, whose last known residence is Treasure Island.

Jim rejects her plea, but that fails to stop menacing thugs from harassing her and him forcing the retired adventurer back into the action hero role. This time Jim kills a noble, and is forced to flee for his life when the law accuses him of murder. Accompanied by Grace and her preadolescent son, they begin a trek that will take Jim back to the "accursed island" that he last stepped on a decade ago in search of the meanest of Long John Silver's former associates.

THE CURSE OF TREASURE ISLAND is fast-paced and loaded with action, starring a mature Jim as a young adult whose potential relationship with Grace adds a romantic flavor to the adventure. The story line is very exciting, but the flaw remains that men risk their lives, but none know why as Grace keeps secrets that everyone seems to allow her to do while they blithely venture to death or near death. Still Francis Bryan furbishes a strong tale that pays homage to the grandmaster Robert Louis Stevenson while setting the seafaring further adventures of Jim and company.



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