Set includes 20 hardback books by R.M. Ballantyne:
The Coral Island
Probably the most popular and thrilling story by R.M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island is a breathtaking account of narrow escapes, harrowing trials while stranded in the south Pacific, the very real need of the cannibalistic, pagan savages for the light of the Gospel, and the courage of three young adventurers.
Follow the journey of three boys - Ralph Rover, Jack Martin, and Peterkin Gay - as they survive on their own by the providence of God for months on end, from one exciting experience to another.
When their ship is wrecked, they find themselves marooned on a coral island in the Pacific, and must learn how to make the most of what they have. A mirage leads them to a hidden underwater cave in the water where they keep a supply of food and necessities in case of danger. They learn to make their own weapons, hunt wild pigs, drink coconut "lemonade," and battle both cutthroat pirates and savage cannibals, braving all sorts of dangers in true manly fashion.
The Gorilla Hunters
In this exciting sequel to The Coral Island, R.M. Ballantyne continues the story of Ralph Rover, Jack Martin, and Peterkin Gay who, after their return to England for rest after their South Seas adventures, are now intent on joining the great hunters in Africa for a journey into the anterior of the Dark Continent.
In the course of their safari adventures, they fight with savages, hunt elephants and gorillas, and visit native tribes. Peterkin gets thrown by a wild African buffalo, and Ralph is "hugged" by a gorilla. Upon their return to England, a newfound tribal warrior, King Jambai, sends back their numerous boxes of hunting trophies. Find out how their excursion concludes, and if they all survive the African journey!
In this heart-warming tale of love, life, laughter, and tragedy (with some smuggling thrown in), travel back in time to explore life set amongst the people living near the tin and copper mines of St. Just, Cornwall, in the mid-nineteenth century. During the mid-1860s, R.M. Ballantyne spent over three months living amongst the Cornish mineworkers of St. Just. There, amidst the dangers of the deep mines, a story of courage, contentment, and adversity takes place, encouraging young readers to be grateful for the many blessings we all enjoy of home and faith.
Ballantyne incorporates into his novel many historical facts, producing an exciting and very accurate portrayal of Victorian tin and copper mining and everyday Cornish life.
Miles Milton is a prodigal. He struggles with authority, and, like the prodigal son in Scripture, must learn the lessons of life the hard way. Through a series of events, he joins the British army for the war in the Sudan, thinking he will experience the good life of adventure and proudly make his way in the world. However, the providential hand of God has prepared a course for young Miles, whereby, through the adventures and experiences of life in the blazing heat of the Sudan and among the tribal clans, and while attempting to survive among his enemies, he realizes the folly of his youthful ways. Bravely he faces all the difficulties that come his way, and his heart is changed to seek God. Ultimately, Miles Milton returns home from northern Africa to England where he reconciles with his family in a joyful reunion.
The Giant of the North
This is the tale of a giant Eskimo, Screekinbroot, also called Chingatok. Journey with our young heroes into the frozen tundra and icy waters of the North Pole regions for encounters with Eskimo peoples and to learn about their life and what it is like when the "Kabiunets" comes to the Arctic.
Captain Vane, his son Benjamin, and his two nephews Leo and Alf come in search of the North Pole. When their ship, The White Bear, gets stuck in the ice, the party of mariners face icy adventures and, in the end, "discover" the North Pole. (This was written before the Pole had been discovered.) There they find an old man whose ancestor was John MackIntosh, one of the sailors of Captain Henry Hudson, who had journeyed to the north pole, married, and had children, one of whom was this old man.
Hunted and Harried
In the second half of the seventeenth century, the Scottish Kirk was in direct conflict with the King of England. By 1666, the king's soldiers were given lists of the names of the Scottish Covenanters by the curates, who then hunted them down and persecuted them. This is the story of Will Wallace who begins in the service of the King, searching for Andrew Black, a defiant Protestant. But Will soon joins Black as a follower of Christ, and becomes one of the "hunted and harried" himself. This is an inspiring story, of both the hard truth of those who perished for the cause of Christ and Christian liberty, and the triumph of Christ's love and strength to the faithful saints who persevere in His name. "It is a marvelous record of the power of God.
Martin Rattler is the story of a mischievous young boy with a good heart. By mistake, he winds up on the ship Firefly with his friend Barney O'Flannagan, headed to the South Seas. Escaping pirates and surviving a shipwreck, the two explore South America in one frolicking adventure after another. A thoroughly delightful read, you will follow the young adventurers as they canoe down the Amazon, narrowly escape an alligator, eat an anaconda and turtle's eggs, are captured by Indians, and then are separated. Martin escapes by jumping over a cliff and tries to make his way home. He meets some men who take him to a diamond mine where he gets a job working under a man named Baron Fagoni. But what happened to his friend Barney O'Flannagan?
The Pirate City
The Pirate City is the story of the Algerian pirates who were the scourge of the Mediterranean sea during the early to mid-1800s. They would plunder the ships of other sovereign nations, and as a result were a wealthy little city-state, until their demise in the Barbary War. In this story, set during the heyday of the pirates, a merchant and his sons Mariano and Lucien are captured aboard their trading vessel, and taken as prisoners to the pirate capital of Algiers. A rousing tale, the reader will follow their adventures to rescue other prisoners, experience life in the pirate city, and join in their attempts to escape. Forced to endure slavery as "Christian dogs before their Muslim captors," the heroes rely on Providence to bring deliverance, and ultimately win their freedom through their friendship with the Dey - the ruler of the city. R.M. Ballantyne actually spent time in Algiers and dressed himself as an Arabian to research this book, and its historical accuracy is amazing as the reader learns about life with the Algerian pirates.
The story opens in the Arctic Circle, as young Red Rooney embarks on a voyage from Greenland. His adventures begin early on in this tale when his boat is crushed by ice and sinks. He is left on the ice to perish until an Eskimo named Okiok finds him. This is the story of his time with the Eskimo community and the spiritual battle between the Angekok (false priest) and Christian missionaries. Written to show life among the Greenland and Artic Eskimoes, Ballantyne gives a glimpse into the pagan lifestyle of these natives, their ingenuity and life at sea, while also showing the effects of the Gospel when missionaries bring the good news of Jesus, transforming life and culture. Filled with interesting aspects of Eskimo life including whale hunts, feasting on blubber, and survival in the frigid Arctic regions.
The Young Fur Traders
This is the story of the hard life of a trapper in Canada in the early 1800s. Charlie Kennedy lives in the Canadian arctic colony known as the Red River Settlement with Indians, Scotsmen, and French-Canadian settlers. His father, an old fur trader, hopes to convince his son to become a clerk by recounting the dangers of the trapper"s life, but the stories only inspire the boy more to explore the vast Canadian wilderness. Through a variety of circumstances, Charlie finds himself trapping in the vast forests, on a journey with voyageurs down perilous rivers, and surviving all sorts of scrapes and adventures with a new acquaintance, Jacques Caradoc, and an Indian named "Red Feather." Many of Charlie's exploits are taken from the real-life experiences of R.M. Ballantyne's own time with the Hudson Bay Company in Canada. Just as Ballantyne had done, Charlie learns to shoot mercury from his rifle through a two inch board in 39 degree below zero temperatures! Discover the strenuous and vigorous life of a trapper through the eyes of Charlie and his intrepid friends.
In this fun adventure in merry, old England, the reader is taken back to the beginning days of the General Post-Office, learning about the founding of the mail system. In the 1800's, guaranteeing a letter to delivery was a bit of a challenge, as Phillip Maylands, his sister Mary, and their friend George Aspel quickly find out. Though the British Post-Office at this time delivered in good condition over fourteen hundred million letters, a half-dozen important ones addressed to Messr. Blurt and Co. are missing! Our friends must take on the role of detective to trace the mysterious disappearance.
Throughout their adventures of learning the ins-and-outs of the postal system, the reader learns how the mail was handled, processed, and dispensed throughout England and Europe. Also, learn about the intricacies of the Telegraph which at that time was handled by the post office. Through the adventures of these friends, maneuvering their way through narrow escapes, shipwrecks, and attempted robberies, learn what life was like in London, and how each delivered letter brought joy to its intended recipient.
This tale is founded chiefly on facts furnished by the Postmaster-General's Annual Reports, and gathered, during personal intercourse and investigation, at the General Post-Office of London and its Branches. In the words of R. M. Ballantyne, “If it does not greatly enlighten, I hope that it will at all events interest and amuse the reader.”
The Cannibal Islands/Fighting the Whales
Travel back with author R. M. Ballantyne to the late eighteenth century and join Captain James Cook on his scientific expeditions to such exotic places as Tierra del Fuego, the islands of Tahiti and New Zealand, and the scene of the closing of his great career as navigator and discoverer. Learn from Cook's own observations and Ballantyne's detailed, yet tasteful and true explanations of the habitations, customs, and encounters with unusual peoples, many of whom were so addicted to the eating of human flesh that their homelands were once called the Cannibal Islands. The author's depictions should evoke a great appreciation for the brave leadership of men like Captain Cook, for the many difficulties of interacting with a heathen people and their culture, and for the servants of Jesus Christ who would later enter into such awful scenes for the sake of His Name and the advancement of His kingdom.
Also included in this book is Ballantyne's Fighting the Whales
In this adventure on the high-seas, Bob Ledbury, a young man raised by a godly and devoted mother, sets sail on his first whaling cruise at just fifteen years of age. Through his first person accounts, he describes the goings-on of the whaling vessel as witnessed with the awe and innocence of youth. A major industry at this time, though one fraught with danger and loss of life, this story provides an exciting view into the battle to take a whale, how the whales were harvested, and every part processed for various economic purposes as a financial asset.
Ledbury never strays from the foundation upon which his mother built his character and his heart often turns to her while his thoughts recount the lessons she has taught him from the Bible. R. M. Ballantyne presents a beautiful portrait of a loving mother and son relationship, and the fruit of that relationship as seen in a young man who never shirks his duty, shrinks from danger or turns down an adventure.
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but fiction is a valuable assistant in the development of truth,” stated R.M. Ballantyne in discussing the advantage of using the storybook to deliver interesting and valuable information to young people thirsty for knowledge. In Fighting the Whales, he skillfully delivers both truth and fiction with the masterful pen of one who can so adeptly thread the adventures of a young sailor to the actual skills required to successfully accomplish the goals set forth on a whaling vessel in the 1800s.
The Lonely Island
In this story, the follow-up look at what happened with the escaped mutineers of the famous ship the H.M.S. Bounty. It begins with a recounting of the famous mutiny and the casting adrift of Captain Bligh instigated by Fletcher Christian and his comrades due to severe treatment of the men by the infamous Captain. After a brief stay on the island of Otaheite the “mutineers” finally resolve to find an uninhabited remote island to spend the rest of their days hopefully without being found, enjoying peace and quiet. This being decided, the men and their Otaheitian wives, along with six native men, left in search of an island to colonize. For more than 20 years they remained on the island and were not heard of. The choice for their settlement was Pitcairn's Island, far off the beaten sailing routes of ships at sea.
In this intriguing story, learn about what befell these men, their settlement, the consequences of their actions, and how men without a reliance and faith in Jesus Christ, left to their own devises, will not experience peace and success. But, when the powerful work of God begins, change is remarkable: a 20-year redemption story in the making. “So the good seed sown under such peculiar circumstances at the beginning of the century continues to grow and spread and flourish, bringing forth fruit to the glory of God. Thus He causes light to spring out of darkness, good to arise out of evil, and The Lonely Island, once an almost unknown rock in the Pacific Ocean, was made a center of blessed Christian influence soon after the time when it became—the refuge of the mutineers.”
Fighting the Flames
Frank Wilders is a bright, shining young star rising to distinguished heroism in the London Fire Brigade. No one is more proud of his accomplishments than his younger brother, Willie. As Frank battles the flames, Willie learns what the heart of a hero is made of. Through daring rescues, valiant hard work, plots of arson, attempted murder and winning the worthy hearts of virtuous young women, the best and worst of mid-nineteenth century London is exposed.
Fighting the Flames: A Tale of the London Fire Brigade is a masterpiece of fiction; a beautiful tapestry woven of tales of adventure, heroism and the broad spectrum of multi-faceted human nature.
R.M. Ballantyne expertly maneuvers his extensive and intricate cast of characters through a series of crossed paths, creating lively interplay between the wide varieties of human personalities and foibles that create the diversity of city life--all in the shadow of the great nightly battle with the flames.
Gascoyne, the Sandal Wood Trader
On a small island in the heart of the Pacific, a colony of settlers receives a visit from a mysterious man known as the Sandal Wood trader. Some say he's a pirate while others believe he is exactly what he claims—a harmless trader. Join Henry, Bumpus, Reverend Mason, and a host of other memorable characters as they unravel the mystery of who this trader really is. Are the settlers about to be robbed and destroyed? Or, is this man's assistance necessary for the survival of the colony?
While working through this puzzling dilemma, our heroes endure a host of obstacles and trials to overcome, battling hostile natives, mounting rescues for kidnapped friends, witnessing maritime battles around the coral islands, and ultimately discovering the importance of forgiveness and redemption.
The Pioneers/Fast in the Ice
Writing during the latter half of the nineteenth century after studying original sources and acquainting himself personally with the lands and the remaining family of the outstanding discoverer of the previous century, Sir Alexander Mackensie, R. M. Ballantyne recounts for successive generations an interesting, accurate, and lively narrative of Mackensie's two great expeditions. Follow the stalwart and colorful band of pioneer discoverers on their journeys “by water and wood” across the far north of the American continent as they penetrate its inclement regions, meet its men, beasts, and physical elements, and venture across the Rockies to the Pacific Ocean or on to the Polar Sea. Though you can enjoy all this from your cozy armchair today, it may ignite within you a desire to leave your life of comfort and ease and to pioneer an expedition yourself!
Also included in this book is Ballantyne's Fast In the Ice
Ship-crushing ice floes, hungry Polar Bears, month's long blackness, and 40 degrees below zero temperatures! These are just a few of the extreme dangers faced by Captain Harvey and his hearty crew aboard the Hope as they attempt to reach the North Pole.
In the mid 1800s, Polar explorations were being undertaken in hopes of finding the farthest northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean, and to further the common knowledge of what natural resources were available in the frozen tundras. Captain Harvey and his crew are commissioned to try and reach the North Pole, and set a record for the farther northward advance. Before attaining this goal, however, they find themselves frozen fast in the ice and must use all their wits and skill, along with the unexpected help of some Eskimos, to survive the harshest of conditions in the icy northern regions. Soon it no longer becomes about exploration, but about surviving long enough to find a way home. You'll want to read this book with a warm blanket and a cup of hot cocoa nearby!
It is the mid-19th century. A group of trappers working in a North American fur-trader settlement are commissioned by the Hudson's Bay Company to undertake the long and dangerous journey to the northern extremities of Hudson's Bay to open a new trading post with the Eskimo. The Stanley family are amount the group healing for the frontier outpost.
For Mr. and Mrs. Stanley, their young daughter Eda, and the group of hearty trappers that accompany them, the weeks of perilous travel by canoe will only be the beginning of their adventures as they encounter dangerous bears, life-threatening snowstorms, hostile Indian tribes, and many other challenges — while constructing a trading post in the farthest reaches of the North American wilds.
The Dog Crusoe
Little did Dick Varley know when he rescued a Newfoundland pup from an Indian's cooking fire preparations, that the dog would return the favor ten times over throughout the course of his life, and would prove himself to be the standard-bearer for the title of “Man's best friend.” In this heart-warming story, come along with Dick, his remarkable dog Crusoe, and his travelling companions as they set out across the western prairies on a mission of peace and exploration.
Set in the exciting North American frontier, and filled with one heart-pounding adventure and harrowing escape after another, you won't be able to put this book down! The dog, Crusoe, will quickly become as dear to you, as it is to his noble master.
The Island Queen
In The Island Queen, one of R.M. Ballantyne more well-known stories set in the South Pacific, Paulina, Dominick and Otto Rigonda manage to make it in a life boat to an uninhabited coral reef island after their ship is destroyed at sea. Thankful to be alive, they begin to explore their new island home, and learn the skills they need to survive.
They live together happily with the brothers caring for and enjoying their gracious sister. However, after some time another ship is wrecked on their island during a storm. The Rigonda siblings help rescue many of the crew and passengers. A colony is established and the need for government quickly becomes apparent as the newcomers do not live peaceably with each other, struggling and fighting amongst themselves. The biblical virtues of a godly woman begin to be felt by all, as the sailors love the peaceable and gentle Paulina, recognizing her wisdom, and ask her to be their “queen.” She consents and helps govern them with the assistance, oversight and protection of her brothers.
Together, they experience many adventures, are kidnapped by natives, but rescued through a daring attempt. Eventually, a ship is built and plans laid to escape. Suddenly, their volcanic island home erupts and slowly drops back into the sea. Do they survive and ever see dear old England again? Find out in the exciting finish of The Island Queen.
The Norsemen in the West.
In this tale of adventure and evangelism, R. M. Ballantyne faithfully delivers the well known facts of the Icelandic Saga, stories of exploration and adventure, blessed marriage, miscommunication with indigenous people and thereafter peace—all sprinkled with delightful and humorous stories of day-to-day life surrounding the first European groundbreaking in America. The Norsemen in the West or America Before Columbus, carries the reader back in time nearly a thousand years, to the days of Leif Ericsson and the early settlements of the seafaring Norsemen. R.M. Ballantyne takes the reader from Greenland into a plentiful land of lush forests, crystal clear lakes and rivers and abundant fish and game.
As America is being introduced to its newest settlers, those settlers are being introduced to the Truth found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the most important decisions made by the leaders of the settlement are influenced by this Truth as it begins to take root in their hearts. The Norsemen in the West offers the best elements of a frontier story: adventure, battle, redemption and peace.