Benjamin Pistorius

Captain has got me excited for origin stories again.   We’ve had a long list of origin stories in recent years. Most seem to be trying too hard to re-envision the character in a new light. To be honest, I read the premise of Captain and thought, “not another one.” But now that I’ve read the first two chapters, I’m actually excited for this. It feels like a real villain origin story, and I’m excited to see how this turns out. Artie Sievers’ writing is crisp and clean with just enough detail to get into the story. It’s easy to lose yourself in the narrative voice of these excerpts, bringing this story to life. An excellent read and an exciting start to one of our favorite villains.
Jeremy Thomas
I've always been captivated by stories of ships at sea. This one is very well written, and I'm hooked only a few paragraphs into the first chapter.
Stephen Carignan
Captain is a well-written introduction to the man known to the entire world as Captain Hook. The realism and detail given to the world immerses the reader immediately into the dream of a young man striving to make it on his own. Mysteries already abound with a mysterious package young James hardly notices. Above all that, the work is technically proficient, each section describing the world around, the characters who walk through it, and the life-changing journey that gives birth to perhaps the most famous Captain of our time.
Benjamin Pistorius

Captain has got me excited for origin stories again.   We’ve had a long list of origin stories in recent years. Most seem to be trying too hard to re-envision the character in a new light. To be honest, I read the premise of Captain and thought, “not another one.” But now that I’ve read the first two chapters, I’m actually excited for this. It feels like a real villain origin story, and I’m excited to see how this turns out. Artie Sievers’ writing is crisp and clean with just enough detail to get into the story. It’s easy to lose yourself in the narrative voice of these excerpts, bringing this story to life. An excellent read and an exciting start to one of our favorite villains.
Shannon Saldin
I have always loved the story of Peter Pan, but there has always been more about Pan then about Hook. Hook is the kind of character that intrigues anyone. Who is he, really? How did he become the captain of this ship? This story is well written and about a subject that I have wanted to know more about since I was a little kid. The first chapter really draws the reader in and gets them wanting to know more about all of the characters. I cannot wait to read the whole tale of Captain James Hook! 
Richard Phillips
The opening chapter is very well written and transported me to a bygone age. Its style reminded me of on of my favourite childhood books, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, although I sense that this story is aimed at older readers.
Joseph Terzieva
Because the source material is already so culturally significant, this book is an easy sell, however, there is a risk when treading familiar waters. Artie Sievers deftly navigates the divide between the familiar and the new telling a story that validates its need to be told, all the while painting a world that feels authentic.
A.R Patterson
The most startling thing about reading Captain is that you think James “Hook” Lamport is Artie’s own creation. The quality and knowledge he writes with is a testament to his understanding of the character, J.M Barrie’s world, and what a true origin story of a villain should be. It seems after reading this, Peter Pan may not be my favourite character in Neverland.
Thomas J. Arnold
Immersion at its finest.  To me the hardest sense to make a reader experience is smell, but Artie Sievers shows with his opening chapter that he has mastered.  I know feel that I have actually walked down through the bustle and stench that was a port in Hook's time.  Add to that his superb characterization and you have another addition to my own must read list.
Richard Saunders
Fascinating behind the scenes take on the creation of a familiar tale!