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Charlie to the Rescue

R. M. Ballantyne

Book Overview: 

Charlie Brooke is always rescuing others, and sometimes even himself! His latest rescue, though, could turn out to be fatal.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .entered the boat, so that all were looking more or less weary, but seamen are used to uncomfortable and interrupted slumbers. They soon roused themselves and began to look about and make a few comments on the weather. Some, recurring naturally to their beloved indulgence, pulled out their pipes and filled them.

“Have ’ee a light, Jim?” asked a rugged man, in a sleepy tone, of a comrade behind him.

“No, Jack, I haven’t” answered Jim, in a less sleepy tone, slapping all his pockets and thrusting his hands into them.

“Have you, Dick?” asked the rugged man in some anxiety.

“No, I haven’t,” replied Darvall, in a very serious voice, as he also took to slapping his pockets; “no—nor baccy!”

It was curious to note at this point how every seaman in that boat became suddenly sympathetic and wide awake, and took to hasty, anxious examination of all his pockets—vest jack. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Rather short for this author but interesting - I agree with other reviewers, not one of his best but worth reading. Clean adventure.

Not too bad, but not one of my favorite Ballantynes. There were several inconsistencies, especially towards the end, that took me out of the story a bit. The setting jumped around quite a bit, too, in contrast to most of Ballantyne's books, which generally choose a location or an institution as a...more