Hooray for pirates! Today I’m reviewing “Crogan’s Vengeance” by Chris Schweizer. It’s about a sailor named Catfoot Crogan.
The book starts with Catfoot tied to a post, being flogged because the captain's a real jerk. Catfoot’s taken inside and patched up. The man who flogged him, Mr. Toomy, becomes really important later on. In a week, Catfoot is called down from the crow's nest. The captain tells him to have a sick man named Codfish relieve him. Catfoot tries to change the captain’s mind, but the captain tells him off. Soon after Codfish is sent up, all the men hear a thud. Codfish has fallen from the shrouds. They have a small funeral and get back to work. But one sailor refuses to work because they had been put on half rations. The captain runs inside. Just when the crew thinks they have won back full rations, the captain rushes back out with two pistols and shoots the man who refused to work. Then he accuses Catfoot of treason. As Catfoot is about to be hung, pirates attack. This is just the beginning.
The art in Crogan’s Vengeance looks like it was painted with ink and a brush. It looks very smooth and fluent.
There are two other Crogan books. Crogan’s March, which is about a legionnaire in Arabia, and Crogan’s Loyalty, which is about a British soldier and an American soldier.
Check out these books, they’re beast-tacular!