Dead Man’s Chest

By Roger L. Johnson
Read by Ralph Cosham

16.17 Hours 11/01/2002 unabridged
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When US Navy Commander Roger Johnson happened upon a 1919 Parliamentary transcript dealing with the near sinking of a British man-of-war called the King James, he at first gave it only passing thought—until he came across the words to a sailors’ ballad entitled “Fifteen Men on a Dead Man’s Chest,” and a description of events that matched in every detail the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Dead Man’s Chest is a classic pirate yarn that begins with Long John Silver’s escape from the merchantman Hispaniola and culminates with the American Revolution more than a decade later. It describes the unholy alliance between this softhearted cutthroat, his nephew David Noble, and Captain John Paul Jones, as they work together to retrieve a king’s ransom of Spanish gold and jewels from Dead Man’s chest—the remainder of the treasure described in Stevenson’s novel and the inspiration for the sailor’s ballad of the same name.

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Summary

Summary

When US Navy Commander Roger Johnson happened upon a 1919 Parliamentary transcript dealing with the near sinking of a British man-of-war called the King James, he at first gave it only passing thought—until he came across the words to a sailors’ ballad entitled “Fifteen Men on a Dead Man’s Chest,” and a description of events that matched in every detail the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Dead Man’s Chest is a classic pirate yarn that begins with Long John Silver’s escape from the merchantman Hispaniola and culminates with the American Revolution more than a decade later. It describes the unholy alliance between this softhearted cutthroat, his nephew David Noble, and Captain John Paul Jones, as they work together to retrieve a king’s ransom of Spanish gold and jewels from Dead Man’s chest—the remainder of the treasure described in Stevenson’s novel and the inspiration for the sailor’s ballad of the same name.

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Editorial Reviews

“Ralph Cosham demonstrates his narrative versatility with deft changes of tone and inflection…Fans of naval stories should love Johnson’s book, which honors Stevenson’s classic.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Roger L. Johnson

Roger L. Johnson retired from the United States Navy in 1985 after a twenty-one-year career as a naval aviator, which took him to Vietnam on three separate aircraft carriers. He has recently completed a second career as a fire captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Northern California. Along with his writing endeavors, Roger has been a published cartoonist and illustrator for twelve years, working for three publishing companies and drawing gag cartoons for two magazines. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Hiouchi, a small hamlet on the outskirts of Crescent City, California where he continues to write and paint.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 16.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English