Henry Ratliff's excellent review is more interesting than the book.
Splendid. This is a real movie stuff written over a hundred years ago. May be Prates of the Caribbeans has been inspired by Collingwood's pirate tales. The story is so engrossing that I completed in one stretch. This thriller is about a 17 year old boy (the book is not classified for young readers only) who is assigned to captain a ship all by himself. I recommend this wonderful book for its descriptions, geographical knowledge and sail-ship technicalities. You will love it.
A nation is guarded against anarchy by people obeying its constitutional principles, Federal laws and Penal codes. In all civilized nations this has been the case. Similarly for an orderly society we need social tenets to keep things under control. That is where moral codes come in to picture. Unfortunately morality and religion have been thrown to the winds. This book revives these thought process.
Sir Walter Scott is an author with a tough style. Tough I said; but thoroughly enjoyable. His books are no paperback novels. He will take us to the medieval age in his slow moving train. I am a slow reader and I enjoy his writing word by word. I would recommend that the prequel 'The Monastery' should be read along with this book.