Joe Bronson a young, adventurous boy more interested in exploring than school is threatened with military school by his father when he fails an important exam. Taking his future in his hands, he leaves a farewell note for his father and escapes to Oakland where he joins the crew of the Dazzler under it’s mysterious captain French Pete. In a rapturous sea faring adventure, Joe will be dragged in to a seedy world of crime and violence where he’ll have to use his wits if he hopes to survive. With a thoughtful and compelling ending, this brilliant adventure novel with it’s wonderfully constructed cast is perfect reading for anyone who loved ‘Hook’.
Jack London (1876–1916) was a pioneer, novelist, journalist and social activist. London was one of the first American authors to become an international celebrity thanks to his pioneering work in commercial fiction and magazines. Additionally he is accredited as a major innovator in the genre we now know as science fiction. Growing up in a working class background and spending several years homeless, he was a passionate fighter for workers’ rights, socialism, unionisation and animal rights. He would go on to be one of the highest paid authors in America thanks to his classics such as ‘Call of the Wild’, ‘White fang’ and ‘Sea Wolf’.