And There Was Silence in the Abbey...
February 24, 2011
On February 5, 2011, Brian Jacques (pronounced ‘Jakes’) passed away in Liverpool, England – he was seventy-one.
Jacques was the author of the beloved Redwall series, which began in 1986 with Redwall and has endured to this day. The final book in the series, The Rogue Crew, is due out in May of this year. Other books in this series include The Long Patrol, Triss, Taggerung, Martin of Redwall, The Legend of Luke and Rakkety Tam. This series featured anthropomorphic animals of some sort, almost all of whom are capable of speech. With few exceptions, all the flora and fauna of the series are native to Britain.
Jacques' second series, The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, chronicle the story of Ned, (later reversed to Ben) a mute boy from Denmark and Den, his dog. Deemed the only honest souls onboard the Flying Dutchman, instead of being cursed to sail the seas for all time as the rest of the crew was, they were sent out into the world to help those in need, fated to remain both immortal and youthful for all time. Ben was given the power to speak and understand any language, and Den was given the power to communicate with Ben telepathically as well as understand any language. This series comprises of three books, The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, The Angel’s Command and Voyage of Slaves.
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