The Pirate Lord by Terry Deary

By Terry Deary

Plymouth, 1577

Tom is a cabin boy for Captain Francis Drake, on his project to thieve South American gold from the Spanish fleet. Can Tom continue to exist the journey around the global, via waves 3 times the peak in their tiny send, support Drake defeat the Spanish galleons - and are available again rich?

A very good tale mixing pirate legend with ancient truth and Terry Deary's vividly imagined characters!

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He picked him up and sat him on the rail till the Spaniard looked at the drop below him. I looked at the end of the rope. Captain Drake hadn’t tied it to anything. The boy didn’t know that. ” Drake asked. The boy’s mouth moved, but no words came out. Drake pushed him. The boy dropped the six feet to the deck and screamed. But the rope didn’t stop him. He tumbled to the deck a sobbing, twitching jellyfish. Drake walked slowly down the steps to where he lay. ” Drake nodded. “At the stern of the galleon, lads.

They were heading into the west wind, so they needed to be rowed by clumsy oarsmen. The boats were slow, but they would reach us before a quarter hour was gone. Jed took the first musket and fired a shot that splashed harmlessly into the sea. “Missed,” he muttered as I took the musket and passed him a loaded one. Moments later twenty musket balls splintered the wood beside us. ” Jed laughed. ” I squawked. Jed nodded. “That’s one good reason for moving to another gun port,” he said and crawled quickly along the deck to where another black cannon stood.

We’re through the worst,” Jed said. ” I asked. “I don’t think so,” he chuckled. “Come on deck and look at the Pacific Ocean. ” The sun dazzled me as it glinted off the clear water. A few weary men hauled on ropes to raise the sails. We were alone. ” I asked. “Gone, lad, gone,” Drake said. He looked as tired as any man and his eyes were hollow caves. “One went down in the night… we couldn’t save a single soul. The other was too battered to go on. ” “But we got through,” Jed said with a sigh. ” Drake nodded.

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