I finally read this book. Yeah, I know. I'm 35 and probably should have read it in 6th grade. I think I would have enjoyed it more. Toward the middle of the book it started to slow down. I guess after all the pirate movies of the last few years, anything that doesn't have Davy Jones himself, Jack Sparrow and daring swordfights every 4 minutes would seem dull.
Now, as one of the first real pirate novels, I tip the ol' cap. That in and of itself was why it was worth picking it up. The story itself was good and the characters were fantastic. It just...well, dragged a bit. It's probably more suited to kids and teens...as an adult I wanted just a wee more action.