Thursday, January 9, 2014

Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull (Jim Morgan #2) by James Matlack Raney

Over a year has passed since Jim Morgan outwitted the King of Thieves and escaped from London with his friends, Lacey and the Brothers Ratt. Now, at long last, Jim is ready to return home to Morgan Manor.

But a dark vision haunts Jim’s dreams – a Crimson Storm with the face of a black skull. Soon, Jim is thrust into a deadly race against his father’s old enemies, Count Cromier and his son, Bartholomew. This time, he will face terrors beyond his imagination – pirate battles, hidden islands, sorcerers, and sea monsters.

New foes and magic forces will tempt and test Jim. For there are terrible secrets he has yet to learn, secrets about his father, the Treasure of the Ocean, and his own incredible destiny…

Adventure has a new name – Jim Morgan


James Matlack Raney grew up all over the world, including Europe, Latin America and Africa. These days, he calls Southern California home, and spends his time writing adventures…and occasionally living a few of his own. Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves is currently available via Amazon in paperback and e-book formats.

My Review: Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull (Jim Morgan #2) by James Matlack Raney


This is second in the series and it draws you into the story of Jim Morgan right off the bat. I was going to skim over the first book again to remind myself all about the story. Next thing I had reread Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves all the way through again. Pirates of the Black Skull is more fantasy adventure. It has some of the same characters plus new ones to like and hate.

The plot deals with revenge, pirates, magic, friendship, mermaids, fairies, sea monsters, harpies, giant owls and pirates battles. It goes from one adventure to another. It is not boring at all. Just when you thinks things are looking up for Jim Morgan and his friends trouble happens again.

Jim has to make choices, with vengeance, friends, love, power which way will he go.
Count Cromier and Bartholomew are back and want the treasure for themselves. Bart wants Jim dead for something is father did.

All the different characters both good and bad you never know what Jim, Lacy and the Brothers Ratt will run into next weather they will be friends or foes to them. It is rich with the different creatures around each corner. As they race to find the Treasure of the Ocean.

The setting is one year since we saw Jim and his friends in the King of Thieves. It starts out in England and then they go out to the ocean to search for the Treasure of the Ocean. Part of the story is on a secret island that is hard to find and you can only get their once a day if you stay longer than a day you will never leave.

The pacing is very fast. The story is not a calm boring story. It has many highs and lows for Jim and his friends. Every time they get out of one jam another one comes up that they have to face and overcome. Different characters save the day using their skills and special talents along the way.

It is hard to set the book down. You want to see what happens next.

I was given this book to read and asked to give honest review of it and be part of its blog tour.

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