|The Adventures of Jonathan Moore||
Book 1: Skull Eye Island
Winner of the Adventure Writers Competition Grand Master Award, sponsored by the 2012 Clive Cussler Collectors Society! See PRESS ROOM for more details.
Homeless and alone on the streets of London in 1800, twelve-year old Jonathan
Moore survives this harsh and dangerous world using courage, intelligence and
determination. His dismal fate changes dramatically one day after he is abducted
by a gang and pressed into service aboard the H.M.S. Poseidon, a forty-four gun
fighting frigate of the British Royal Navy. However, there is more to the event than just a change of address. How is it that some members of the crew, including the Captain, already know his name? Why do the officers seem to favor him above the other new crew members? As Jonathan endeavors to solve these mysteries, he is thrust into a daring mission to recover a hidden treasure on a remote Caribbean aisle. Unfortunately, the crew and officers of the Poseidon are not the only ones searching for the prize. In a desperate race across the Atlantic to Skull Eye Island, Jonathan is pitted against sword-wielding spies, engages in terrifying ship-to-ship battles, and in the end must match his wits and courage against a ruthless and cunning French Naval captain and his powerful
"A Heartwarming tale of a boy essentially orphaned in search of this father, the novel never ceases to entertain. Greene's swashbuckling tale of high-seas adventure is pure, uncomplicated fun!"
- Kirkus Reviews
"Skull Eye Island is heir to the traditions of Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stephenson. Young Adult Adventure has a new master and his name is Peter Greene."
- Jeff Edwards, author of Seventh Angel and Sword of Shiva
Book 2: Castle of Fire
The once-orphaned Jonathan Moore is now reunited with his father, though soon leaves the comfort of family and London on what is considered by all to be a "peach" of a mission. However, with the arrival of another midshipman holding a severe but unexplained grudge, life aboard the HMS Danielle is anything but pleasant. Why are the new midshipmen his enemies? Who is stealing food from the ship’s stores, and why must Jonathan and Sean sneak into a heavily guarded Spanish Fort in the middle of the night to do some burglary of their own?
In this second book of the adventures of Jonathan Moore series, Jonathan must capture a stolen British ship from blood thirsty pirate, solve the mystery of the surprising stowaway, and defend his honor and his life during a fierce duel to the death with a murderous adversary. Alone and vastly outnumbered, the crew of the Danielle engages in violet battle on the wild seas south of the furthest tip of Africa. Only Jonathan, Sean and an unexpected guest can turn the tide of the struggle by unlocking the secret of a mysterious island and re-ignite the ferocious power of the Castle of Fire.
“I wanted to create a story that would be exciting for children and young
adults, and one that was easy to read aloud. I also wanted to keep the adults
interested so that children could see their parents enjoying the story and see
that reading is fun,” said Greene. “That’s how we create future readers, by
setting an example.”
Jonathan Moore, the hero of Skull Eye Island and Castle of Fire succeeds
using courage, intelligence and determination. “I believe that is a wonderful
lesson for everyone: that they have it within themselves to do something great,” says Greene. “No need to wait for a magical event or some strange relative to grant you a bizarre power – we can succeed and excel with what we have inside ourselves.”