Pirates of the Crimson Sand is a great little story about pirates, air ships and technical wonders. It sweeps you away to a sandy desert place that is best described by the book’s own words (and I love this bit): “Rocks and cacti littered the ground like a demon’s garden.” A hot, wicked place, where only tough people survive, and a sick child is protected by his pirate sister. What struck me most is the atmosphere of the story. It’s thick with the language of the people; a fun filled pirate slang fest. I was filled immediately with the need to bellow out an “Arrg!” Yes, pirates as in “Arrg!” I loved these brutish characters and found myself cheering for them. A wonderful read. My only complaint was that the story ended. Much fun.