Little landlubbers can choose sides here for or against a rogues' gallery of the briny brigands who sailed under the Jolly Roger in Caribbean and New England waters for the century when piracy prevailed. Young readers can shiver their timbers over Blackbeard, his head alight with slow-burning candles. By moonlight they can watch wicked Captain Flood cache three chests of treasure on Lotus Island with his henchman Caesar, then see the crafty pirate push Caesar off a cliff. Vengeance was Caesar's though, for later when Flood returned to the island to retrieve his plundered loot, Caesar was waiting for him. The skull and crossbones lured prosperous plantation owner Steve Bonnet to give up wife, slaves and riches to build his own first ship -- the Revenge. Later he took advantage of the ""King's Amnesty"" for a temporary rest. The culprit cast offer exciting escape reading for young boys bored with organized play. World Landmark.