Under Drake’s Flag
A Tale of the Spanish Main (1580)
G. A. Henty on audiobook, read aloud by Jim Hodges
In this old-fashioned tale of incredible escapades, a lad accompanies Sir Frances Drake on several amazing voyages, in a story which provides us a glimpse of the exciting but ruthless life on the high seas and unexplored lands of the sixteenth century. Manly courage and devotion to what is honorable stand out as Ned Hearne – a brave, intelligent teen from Plymouth meets English privateer Francis Drake (not a “Sir” yet) and the adventures begin.
Along with three friends (with each of whom he has an improbable, but stirring adventure) Ned finds himself swept into the providential events regarding the mighty Spanish Armada and the subsequent rise of Britannia becoming the world’s foremost power on the seas.
About Jim Hodges and why he narrates Henty books
Jim Hodges has narrated over 20 Henty books! He loves them, finding that almost anything other history texts tell about major historical events, he already knew from the Henty book about that era! Jim says that Henty is a great storyteller, too. His stories are always full of action and adventure!
Henty provides excellent role models, particularly for young men. They are always honest and brave, have initiative and courage, and are respectful and honoring to authorities. Young men listening to the recordings will aspire to be like them. Young women aspire to find someone like them!
Henty was indeed a professing Christian. It’s quite obvious when you read Henty novels that he presumes his audience is Christian also. In all but the two ancient history titles – Beric the Briton and For the Temple the protagonist already is a Christian!
Henty will also develop the reader’s vocabulary. His use of English is quite advanced and his vocabulary is vast.
Jim hopes that his recordings will inspire a generation of Mighty Men of Valor to do battle for the Lord. Warriors do not always wearing battle fatigues or desert camouflage. Sometimes they’re men devoutly committed to their families and work and who bravely resist temptation. We need such men in our government, families, businesses, communities, and even our churches. Jim’s sincere prayer is that all young men who read or listen to Henty historical novels will desire to become Mighty Men of Valor.
About the Author
George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend an hour or two telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks to finish! A friend was present one day and, watching the spell-bound reaction of his children, suggested that Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did and, as the saying goes, the rest is history! Henty wrote 144 books as well as numerous stories for magazines and became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study, dictating stories as fast as the secretary could write them down!
Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes caught up in the events of fascinating times in history. The heroes of Henty stories are diligent, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face of great perils. They fight in wars, sail the seas, make discoveries, conquer evil empires, prospect for gold, and participate in a host of other exciting adventures. Along the way, they cross paths with some of history’s most famous people. Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras, meeting leaders of that time. Every reader of Henty will gain an understanding of nations and cultures, as these are conveyed as a natural element of the reading. They’re one of the best ways to cultivate a taste for history in any reader!