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The Pirate’s Secret

Author Stewart Ross


self-esteem, family, ingenuity, generosity

One wind-swept winter’s evening Arden Tregorey listens enthralled as his father tells him of his ‘golden secret’ and of how he once outwitted the notorious one-eared pirate Lambert ‘Luggole’ Spain. The next day his father is kidnapped and disappears, so young Arden sets off to the Caribbean in search of him. But how will he travel the 5000 miles of dangerous Atlantic Ocean, and will he succeed in finding his only living relative? The readers will decide.....

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  • Chapter 1 Taken!

    I remember it as if it were yesterday. A devil of a sou’westerly was screaming ‘round the chimney pots and lashing barrels of rain against our parlour window. Inside, snug before a seacoal fire, f...

  • Chapter 2 Discovery!

    I couldn’t have done it without Pierre, the cheery cook from the French merchant ship Le Roi d’Or. He was one of the best friends I ever had, poor man. Even now, years later, it still brings tears...

  • Chapter 3 Merciless!

    I shan’t pretend – I was terrified. There I was, clutching a candlestick and hiding behind a chair in a tiny cabin on board a pirate ship. Only a few feet away stood the looming figure of Ebenezer...

  • Chapter 4 The Pit

    Even now, I’m not sure why I did it. I suppose I was desperate, ready to do anything to help my father. He was all I had in the world. Taking a sudden step forward, I shoved the sturdy teak table...

  • Chapter 5 The Chase

    We should have known that Luggole was too clever to leave himself unguarded. It was our fault – and now our very lives were in danger. Ebenezer Dag and Joseph Scallow had been keeping watch while...