Hawkes Harbor

Hawkes Harbor

Large Print - 2004
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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.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : RB Large Print, 2004
ISBN: 9781419318511
1419318519
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Hinto 3564
Characteristics: 277 p. (large print) ;,25 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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