No Good Stede Goes Unpunished by Eddie Jones (Raleigh: Dry Bones Publishing, December 1, 2020)
It is 1717 and Ricky finds himself aboard a ship owned by Stede Bonnet, a rich sugar plantation owner who thought becoming a pirate might be a fun way to live out the rest of his life. Bonnet, in the midsts of a midlife crisis, decides to abandon his cushy-life, kids, and wife, to become a pirate. It does not go well. As they set sail from Barbados and slant west towards the North American coast, Bonnet’s crew runs afoul of the British Royal Navy and is put to the test when they encounter a heavily-armed warship.
Based on the true events of Bonnet’s adventures, No Good Stede Goes Unpunished blends adventure, humor, and historical accuracy into a lively pirate yarn.
Recent Reader Comments
“A story about pirates and going back in time. The book is well written and engaging, with a good bit of humor. The book is the fourth in the series, but can be read as a standalone as well.” – WH808
“Jones is an excellent writer because he moves the story at a quick clip and nailed the language, terminology, and lingo of the pirating era. It feels like we are on the deck of a multi-cannon schooner. The setup and return to the present bother me: I did not enjoy the time-traveling premise in which the protagonist used his mind to travel hundreds of years into the past. A time machine would have worked just fine. I think kids will find this story entertaining, provided they have an extensive vocabulary of sailing terminology and pirate jargon.” – James
“Like the others in this series this is a fun, witty piratical adventure as the main character Ricky meets fictional pirates and real historical people. It’s quite the page turner with just a little bit more depth mixed in with the fun.” – David
“If you’re a pirate fan like me then this is your book! The characteristic for each character is an original of its own. Great pictures to guide me through the story line. Our kids enjoyed it and so have I. It’s a recommend book in the end!” – Wayne
“Great book for a young boy or girl. I loved the pirates and adventure and, most importantly, the historical accuracy.”- James
“In an earlier story, I hadn’t considered the main character’s talent as a way to change the past. It’s not unlike the shenanigans Q gets up to with Picard. Despite paradoxes, I like the idea of trying to game results in the present by projecting consciousness back into the past. Instead of “go back into the past so that you can prevent the end of the world,” however, the problem in this case is that a girl needs the bio of an ancestor scrubbed so that a member of the DAR will write her a good letter of recommendation for college. That is so off the wall, how can it not be lovable? The little biology lessons are also lovable (crocodiles this time instead of wood-eating clams). The narrative advances like the old joke about someone jumping out of an airplane. Oh, no! The parachute broke! But there’s a haystack. Oh, no! There’s a pitchfork in the haystack. I looked forward to each inflection. “Right, marooned. What next?” It’s an easy, single-sitting read – and great fun.” – Matthew
Parents can trust the Caribbean Chronicles Series. There is no sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language, only positive moral values… and a wee bit of humor.
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