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Reviews by Bob Polk

Snarleyyow

by Frederick Marryat

It may sound strange, but this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. With a title like, "Snarleyyow", I was somewhat mislead. For starters, the book is so well written. It reminded me of the type of sea stories that Rafael Sabatini does so well. This book is filled with adventure, treachery, and a good mix of humor. Snarlyyow, the dog, a cur, is the focal point the story revolves around. He belongs to the captain of the Yang Frau, a British cutter that regular sails between Portsmith and Amsterdam. Of course, the captain loves Snarlyyow, but the dog is disfavored by the crew. The crew schemes to get rid of Snarlyyow, but every attempt to do so ends in failure. Of course, the Captain is greatly angered at the crew for this and he plots revenge on the crew members.

Now this is only part of the story and there are many other exciting things going on. There is much treachery as the captain is tricked into committing treason against the king, Willian of Orange, and he ends doing the bidding of the followers of exiled King James. But I don't want to give away the story so I will leave it at that, but just know there are many amazing twists in this wonderful book.

This book is not to be missed. It is as good as it gets, and so funny. I am thinking you will be glad you found it, too.

Reviewed on 2006.08.20

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