Last week I announced the paperback launch of my friend, Tim Davis’, “SEA CUTTER- Book I: The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe.” Tim and I became Twitter friends a while back, so I downloaded Sea Cutter to read. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the paperback; isn’t the cover beautiful? (Pssst…scroll down and enter the giveaway for the author’s marked up copy!)
As a member of the Sea Cutter Paperback Launch Team, I thought to share my review here with you today, so grab your coffee and a comfy seat as this post is packed with fun links to introduce you to a rollicking nautical read. :0)
Here’s my Amazon 5-Star Review:
Thrilling Seafaring Adventure
September 16, 2012-
I’m a complete sucker for nautical adventures. Give me sea captains, a capable but motley crew, swashbucklers, pirates and set me at sea on a mighty sailing ship back a couple of hundred years ago and I’m happy.
That’s where SEA CUTTER landed me and it did not disappoint. This is a book for middle grade readers; yet author Tim Davis did not dumb it down. Sure, the morals of honor and honesty come through loud and clear; however, the story tosses one on waves and crests, complete with villainous thugs, that will keep kids and adults alike eagerly sailing the story to its end.
The main character, Nathaniel `Nat’ Childe is a 13 year-old boy who does not believe that his sea captain father, gone 2 years, is dead. That belief is bolstered into real hope when his father’s best friend Wayland comes back from sea and delivers Nat a trunk addressed from his dad. The Captain’s trunk contains a secret map to an island of pearl treasures which speeds Nat and Wayland to embark on a spine-tingling adventure.
We find that Nat has the makings of becoming an honorable man in the fact that the teen learns to single-handedly run a business to support his widowed mother and himself by repairing intricate ship instruments. However, when in a quandary to rescue his father, Nat takes to lying to get his way and that comes with severe consequences that propel the reader through this story.
The only small sticking point is that some of Nat’s descriptions were not of the vocabulary I’d ascribe to a thirteen year old; nevertheless, the words Mr. Davis has written paint perfect pictures! I enjoyed reading SEA CUTTER and highly recommend it.
This is a terrific story for young readers, and where I hear many folks saying that it’s a great boy’s read, I think it’s good for anyone looking for an adventure story.
About Timothy Davis-
Timothy Davis enjoys writing historical adventures for ages 9-12. He taught Child. Lit. at MTSU & 3rd grade in the SF Bay area. He resides in Pacifica, CA.
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By the way Erik, of This Kid Reviews Books, is a 10 year-old book reviewer that any parent or kid should be following to get reviews and recommendations on good children’s books to read.
Story Boys Blog– Review by a 10 year old boy.
Bookworm Blather-Interview with 10 and 7 year old boy readers