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When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek
  

When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man

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August 2013 Debut of the Month.

An atmospheric and engrossing coming of age thriller. A death on Loyalty Island, in Northern Washington State, leads 14 year old Cal to be swept up in a storm of lies and deceit that make him question his family and the limits of his own morality. This modern re-telling of Treasure Island is an gripping and suspenseful debut.

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Synopsis

When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek

Cal lives with his parents on Loyalty Island. Each winter, Cal's father - a captain of the island's trawling fleet - sets sail for Alaska; and though Cal is still too young to join them, but he is old enough to know that everything depends on the fate of those few boats, thousands of miles north. When the fleet's owner dies, not only is the town's livelihood threatened, but so too is Cal's family. With winter fast approaching, and the fleet on the brink of extinction, Cal starts to suspect that his parents both have secrets to hide. Plagued by doubt, his loyalties strained and his moral compass thrown wildly off course, Cal is forced to make a brave and terrible choice.

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We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man. You can read their reviews below.

Lucinda Fountain - Cleverly complex and deeply fascinating, the intoxicating intensity of this well-drawn thriller is simply stunning...Nick Dybek’s novel is truly beautiful and affecting, which has pleasantly surprised me as I did not expect to encounter something so impacting.' Click here to read the full review.

Fleur Fisher - 'This quietly compelling debut novel portrays a young man living in a small fishing community, a painful decision he must make, and his coming of age to very fine effect.' Click here to read the full review.

Edel Waugh - 'The story is told well through Cal's sympathetic eyes ,he is a wonderful lead character that is easy to empathise with. This was a wonderful story!' Click here to read the full review.

Rebecca Barrett - 'Cal was a very intricate character, who had a father that felt like a stranger to him, and that showed the emotion that carried the novel into a fast-moving, tragedy that was a shockingly great read.' Click here to read the full review.

Zarina de Ruiter - 'The novel is beautifully written but focuses more on the prose than on establishing a storyline, which is an at least equally important aspect of creating a successful read.' Click here to read the full review.

Ruth Paterson - 'When Captain Flint was Still a Good Man is very well written with vivid descriptions and clever characterisations.' Click here to read the full review.

Clare Topping - 'Although it is a slow moving book it is nonetheless enjoyable; a fast paced thriller in a slow moving town really wouldn’t work. Definitely recommended for a day or two’s decadent reading.' Click here to read the full review.

Julie Bertschin - 'This is a tense story, there is a sense of foreboding right from the start of the novel and this slowly increases as the story progresses...A very engrossing read.' Click here to read the full review.

'Dybek brings serious talent to bear... [The novel] finishes on a powerful note of moral murkiness... Evocative.' New York Times

'Finely crafted ... a taut novel juggling the sometimes conflicting impulses to do the moral thing, and to protect those we love' Los Angeles Times

'Dybek has a gift for the atmospheric.' The New Yorker

'An engrossing and exacting moral thriller.' -- Peter Ho Davies, Author Of The Welsh Girl

'A thrilling yarn, delivered as if by a scarred man by the consoling light of a fire.' The Economist

'An authentic, atmospheric, coming-of-age story with a painful dilemma ... A terrific debut.' -- C. J. Box

'[An] engrossing, often haunting thriller.' Washington Independent Review of Books

About the Author

Nick Dybek

Nick Dybek is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was chosen as a Granta New Voice. He is the recipient of a Hopwood Award for Short Fiction, a Maytag Fellowship and a 2010 Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award. When Captain Flint Was Still A Good Man is his first novel. He lives in New York.

Author photo © Melissa Blackall

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Book Info

Publication date

15th August 2013

Author

Nick Dybek

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Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781472106575

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