Review by Jill Williamson
Captain Declan Ross is a pirate, but he wants out. He’s a good man who wants a stable life for his daughter. But Ann Ross wants nothing more than to be a pirate like her dad. While the ship stops for repairs, Ann finds an injured boy on the beach. He’s been brutally beaten and left for dead. Ann gets him back to the boat. The boy has no memory of who he is or how he ended up on the beach. Captain Ross names him Cat, for the boy must have nine lives to live through such a beating.
Ross and his men sail to an island for supplies for their hunt for the biggest treasure ever known. Ann and Cat go searching for clues to his past. This starts one endless chase between Declan Ross’ pirates; the law, Commodore Blake; and the evil pirate Bartholomew Thorne. Will Ross beat Thorne to the treasure? Will Cat discover who he is? Or will Blake catch them all before they find the treasure and throw them in prison?
Pirate stories are some of my favorite. I don’t know why I like them so much. But if you are a fan of pirates, this is a book for you. Batson creates a wonderful misfit cast of pirates, an intriguing mystery in Cat’s identity, and an adventurous chase to find the gold. I enjoyed the action and suspense in this award-winning novel. Highly recommended for adventurers of all ages.