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The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists
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Set in the world of Elite: Dangerous, a hilarious adventure in deepest space from the author of the hysterical The Pirates! series
On what might be the worst planet in the universe, a young man dreams of the stars. Adventure! Lasers! Women! And the ultimtate goal—to become Elite! Unfortunately, Misha has to do his chores first. And learn how to talk to Phoebe, the beautiful customs officer. And leave the planet. But the death of a famous author unexpectedly drags Misha and Phoebe into a system-wide conspiracy, complete with smuggling, international art thieves, multi-system corporations, canapés, and exploding pigs. This is Misha's chance to prove he has what it takes! After all, surely anyone can be Elite if they dream.
One of three distinct but subtly linked novels written by major authors who are fans of the game, this novel will be a must-buy not only the 25,000 plus people who funded the new game on Kickstarter, but also for those fans of the original game.
Not since Moby-Dick...No, not since Treasure Island...Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rival The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, featuring the greatest sea-faring hero of all time, the immortal Pirate Captain, who, although he lives for months at a time at sea, somehow manages to keep his beard silky and in good condition.
Worried that his pirates are growing bored with a life of winking at pretty native ladies and trying to stick enough jellyfish together to make a bouncy castle, the Pirate Captain decides it's high time to spearhead an adventure.
While searching for some major pirate booty, he mistakenly attacks the young Charles Darwin's Beagle and then leads his ragtag crew from the exotic Galapagos Islands to the fog-filled streets of Victorian London. There they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, radioactive elephants, and the Holy Ghost himself. And that's not even the half of it.
Not the most brilliant pirate the world has ever seen, the Pirate Captain, when asked to name the seven seas, responds: "There's the North Sea. And the other one near Mozambique. And what's the one in Hyde Park..." And there are also those Post-it notes strewn about his quarters reminding him to say such piratical things as "Hard about, lads!" and "Splice the main sail!" Despite these shortcomings, he does have the most luxurious beard you ever did see, and even after mistakenly attacking Charles Darwin's Beagle while searching for some major pirate booty, the Pirate Captain offers to help the fledgling scientist save his brother from the wrath of the evil Bishop of Oxford. Before the outlandishly heroic climax (don't ask), you will encounter pirates in drag, discussions about radioactive elephants, and a long journey to avoid the unfathomably horrible sea serpent (well, he's actually a decoration on a nautical map). And if you're lucky, you'll even find out who actually is the tallest pirate in the world.
About the Author
Gideon Defoe, who lives in London, is twenty-eight. He wrote The Pirates! to convince a woman to leave her boyfriend for him. She didn't.
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