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    S. E. Hinton(Author)

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An orphan and a bastard, Jamie Sommers grew up knowing he had no hope of heaven. Conceived in adultery and born in sin, Jamie was destined to repeat the sins of his parents -or so the nuns told him. And he proved them right. Taking to sea, Jamie sought out danger and adventure in exotic ports all over the world as a smuggler, gunrunner-and murderer. Tough enough to handle anything, he's survived foreign prisons, pirates, and a shark attack. But in a quiet seaside town in Delaware, Jamie discovered something that was enough to drive him insane-and change his life forever. For it was in Hawkes Harbor that Jamie came face to face with the ultimate evil....

Erasing age and genre barriers, prize-winning, bestselling YA author Hinton turns out a dark, funny, scary, suspenseful tale that will entertain mainstream and adventure/horror readers alike. Jamie Sommers is orphaned at the age of eight in 1950 and sent to live with some nasty nuns until graduating as a troubled young man to a life at sea. After surviving a number of life-threatening adventures in exotic ports, he ends up in the small town of Hawkes Harbor on the Delaware coast, where he stumbles into a situation so dire his entire life is changed in a manner of minutes. His new employer, the mysterious Grenville Hawke, lord of Hawkes Hall, known to Jamie as It, the Thing and the Vampire, almost kills Jamie, then goes on to enslave him for years to come. Moving back and forth through time, Hinton twists and shapes her bleak material until the story and the reader's expectations have been turned upside down. This is an adult novel, meaning that Hinton gets to write sex scenes and use the word fuck when she wants to, but the basic elements that made her 30-year-old book TheOutsiders a long-time bestseller are present in this rousing read. This is a contemporary Treasure Island with a genre-bending twist. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Remember what made The Outsiders, Tex, and Rumble Fish classics? Hinton’s first adult novel (appropriate for teens, too) contains some of those same elements, but critics aren’t quite sure what to make of it. Hinton knows how to tell a story, and this one’s entertaining, ghoulish, and full of fantastical adventures. But the non-chronological time frame and confusing narration left some reviewers bewildered. A few unexplained elements, from Jamie’s fading voice and changes in Hawkes’s personality, also left them hanging. But, if you’re curious to know what Hinton’s been up to the past 25 years and don’t expect a classic, Hawkes Harbor is worth a go. Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • S. E. Hinton(Author)
  • Tor Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • English
  • 3
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By A. Marbach on December 20, 2004

    I was extremely excited when I found out about Hawkes Harbor being released! I have always been an SE HINTON fan...and have read all of her books.I came into Hawkes Harbor with an open mind- and was pleasantly surprised. The book is the story of Jamie Sommers, an orphan who was conceived in adultery. The nuns at the orphanage were brutal and mean to Jamie and told him constantly that he would end up no good-- and they were right. Jamie became something of a pirate, smuggler, and arms dealer- fulfilling the prophesy the nuns bestowed upon him. But Jamie viewed his rough life on the high seas the adventure of a lifetime- surviving shark attacks, foreign prison terms, among other things. It wouldn't be until Jamie settled down in a small Delaware town called Hawkes Harbor that Jamie would find something evil enough to break his wild spirit, eventually driving him insane.The story is a gripping one. A story that I thoroughly enjoyed despite the disjointed style in which it is written, which I noticed many other reviews found a fault with. I believe that the disjointed style the author used showed readers just how badly Jamie had been broken by the ultimate evil that he ran into, an evil named Grenville Hawkes.My only complaint about this book that is is too short and some areas could have been expounded upon. Like Jamie's life before he was orphaned- demonstrating the life he had before he was brought to live with the nuns. Other than that I give this book four stars- for an excellent story that moves well and is gripping in both suspense and timeline.

  • By Al Naqib on May 15, 2017

    I was very impressed. I would love to explore backstories. The entire book was from the perspective of the main character but there was such obvious depth beyond what that character consciously understood. Excellent read. Made me think hard.

  • By Bookthief27 on March 16, 2017

    This is a story that somehow combines mental patients, vampires, and pirates, and comes out marking sense. While it may lack in the realism and emotional impact ofS.E. Hinton' s other books, it tells a story that I would recommend to anyone over the age of thirteen.

  • By Dusti on May 27, 2007

    Maybe I've lived a deprived childhood having never read a Hinton book before Hawkes Harbor, but I love this story. There is no predictablity as Jamie Sommers' life unfolds, then unravels. Jamie lives his life to the fullest but trusts the wrong people and is launched into heart wrenching situations often with no possible outcome but tragedy. Yet he perseveres thorough some of the most difficult of life situations, including horror no one would believe - even if he could speak of it. But by the end of his story, Jamie is a completely remade man with a rich life he so deserves.It is this last glimpse of his life which moves me most; and though I know I will be emotionally wrenched once again, I find myself putting that first cassette in my player and willingly live it over again.Ms. Hinton, thanks so much for this first foray into an adult story. It is one of the best I've found.

  • By CJ Harris on February 24, 2015

    Purchased by school district. Didn't hear any complaints from the teacher (and I would), so assume all's good.

  • By katecurry on July 22, 2013

    I read this book as part of a book club. Don't ask why we chose this, but it happened. Besides the typos, missing words, and confusing sentence structure, the story itself did not flow well. In fact, it felt like more than one book sewn together in a haphazard way. There are plenty of books out there that need reading this isn't one of them.

  • By ~Dillon~ on July 30, 2016

    I really like this author


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