Hawkes Harbor

Hawkes Harbor

Book - 2004
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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... .
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765305633
0765305631
Characteristics: 251 p. ; 22 cm

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JCLAxelF Oct 18, 2016

I honestly didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I enjoyed Hinton's books as a teenager and thought I would give this a try. At first I really thought I had made a mistake, but after about twenty pages I was hooked. I hadn't read any reviews before getting started so I was taken completely by surprise when the twist came.

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KLAllard
Jun 05, 2012

This book was originally a Dark Shadows novel that was rewritten somewhat following the cancellation of several completed books in a new Dark Shadows line by the publishing house. Two Dark Shadows books by Lara Parker ("Angelique's Descent" and "The Salem Branch") were released, as well as "Dreams of the Dark", by Stephen Mark Rainey and Elizabeth Massie.
Another Dark Shadows novel "The Labyrinth of Souls" is available free in multiple e-book formats on author Stephen Mark Rainey's website.

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beckylunatic
May 28, 2011

I wouldn't view this as a vampire story so much as a picaresque/character study with themes of rehabilitation and redemption. The supernatural element is secondary, but used as a vehicle in an innovative way. I thought it was pretty good, but not necessarily enjoyable to someone who wants either a straightforward monster scare *or* a cleaned-up romantic vamp. Hinton gives you something more complicated, with elements of both, and a great deal more humanity than either.

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BookishLady
May 16, 2011

Fans of Hinton's young adult works will probably be disappointed by her first foray into adult fiction. A vampire novel, Hawkes Harbour goes to a much darker place in comparison to many modern vampire books. The unmitigated horrors experienced by the worse-for-wear protagonist, Jamie, will likely turn off many readers. Then just when it gets good, it gets terrible again (for Jamie).

It took me a while to get into this book (about halfway through, actually), and I'm not sure it was worth the tiny payoff of knowing the ending.

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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 22, 2010

An orphan and a bastard, Jamie grew up tough enough to handle almost anything, but what he encounters in a quiet seaside town nearly drives him insane.

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