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Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped

Alan Grant
Cam Kennedy

This new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, a dramatic and epic adventure about a 17-year old desperate to secure his inheritance, culminating in a chase from the islands in the west of Scotland to Edinburgh, brings together two of the top talents in British comics, Cam Kennedy and Alan Grant.

 

Cam is well known for his work on Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Daredevil and Punisher, Lobo, Batman, Star Wars and numerous others, while Alan – or script droid Grant1 as he is in 2000AD – has written a slew of famous works for British and American publishers, including Judge Dredd (you can check out Alan and Cam together in the Judge Dredd collection The Art of Kenny Who?), Nightbreed, The Outsiders, Ace Trucking Co, Strontium Dog, Robo-Hunter, Legends of the Dark Knight and a ton of others.

 

Kidnapped is set in 1751, during the time of Jacobite rebellion, a tumultous time in Scottish (and British) history as religion and royal houses fought. When David Balfour sets out to find his uncle he never dreamt his path would lead to such exploits; that he would discover a fortune that was rightly his, that he would narrowly escape murder, be kidnapped then saved from a life of slavery and thrown from one exciting escapade to another in the company of Alan Breck Stewart, fugitive and master swordsman. They meet on the brig Covenant just before being shipwrecked off the wild coast of Scotland. After witnessing the murder of Colin Campbell (the notorious Red Fox) David is forced to make a desperate flight across Scotland before he can claim his rightful inheritance.

 

I’ve loved the tales of Robert Louis Stevenson since I was a boy and found that, like the tales of Alexander Dumas, you simply never grow out of them. Kidnapped stands more than a century later as a book still read by millions round the world; simply the best swashbuckling adventure yarn a lad (or lass!) can ever hope for, here brought to a new life by Alan and Cam as part of the celebrations for Edinburgh’s UNESCO City of Literature programme.

 

Waverley Books, paperback, 64 pages, published February 2007

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