Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
The story was not quite what I expected. After Treasure Island, I anticipated more pirates and seafaring adventures. While there's some of that, Kidnapped is more a grand tour of the author's native Scotland. Upon the occasion of his father's passing, young David Balfour is sent off with a letter of introduction to meet an uncle he never knew he had. Said uncle is a crazy recluse who first tries to kill David but then has him, you guessed it, kidnapped by shady sailor types. The boat shipwrecks but not before David befriends Alan Breck Stewart, a real-life Scottish Jacobite. Most of the rest of the story follows the two on the lam from a bum murder rap. It's the sort of story that would be torn apart by modern critics for its zig-zag narrative but it's a lot of fun.
Like the other two RLS novels I've read, Kidnapped is thick with details, particularly in setting - the author's wheelhouse. I found it more enjoyable than the other two as suspense is better maintained throughout. My own lack of foreknowledge may have helped. After all, Jeckyll and Hyde would undoubtedly be more suspenseful if one didn't already know the plot twist.
I think I've had enough of RLS for a while but I'm glad to have read the greatest hits.