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When Cisco Collins returns to his home town thirty years after saving it from being swallowed by a hell mouth opened by an ancient pirate ghost, he realises that being a childhood hero isn't like it was in the movies. Especially when nobody remembers the heroic bits – even the friends who once fought alongside him.

Struggling with single parenting and treated as bit of a joke, Cisco isn't really in the Christmas spirit like everyone else. A fact that's made worse by the tendrils of the pirate's powers creeping back into our world and people beginning to die in bizarre ways. 

With the help of a talking fox, an enchanted forest, a long-lost friend haunting his dreams, and some 80s video game consoles turned into weapons, Cisco must now convince his friends to once again help him save the day. Yet they quickly discover that being a ghostbusting hero is so much easier when you don't have schools runs, parent evenings, and nativity plays to attend. And even in the middle of a supernatural battle, you always need to bring snacks and wipes...

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"The middle-aged heroes of Swashbucklers are definitely getting too old for this shite, but to protect their families and the town they grew up in from the worst fears of their youth, they are game to try. Dan's page-turning second novel proves it's not always possible – or wise – to put aside childish things. A great read!" - R W W Greene

"It's discovering a box of memories tucked away in your attic. It's sipping tipple from your teenage years under a blanket. It's watching fireworks in your favourite jumper. It reads like Stephen King on steroids. Stranger Things meets It meets The Goonies. I want to hear this story told late at night over a campfire, while the marshmallows go all gooey." - Caroline Hardaker

"Packed with heart, wit, and plenty of action, Swashbucklers is the sequel to all your favorite childhood adventures. Hanks at the top of his game!" - Reese Hogan

"A team of world-saving teenage misfits is again called upon in their middle age to once more face the nightmare-inducing villain, while juggling school runs, work and housework. Hilarious and poignant, loved it!" - Gabriela Houston

"Swashbucklers is literally a nostalgia-inducing, pop culture acid-trip where the hometown kids reunite as middle-aged Goonies." - Patricia A Jackson

"With Swashbucklers, Dan Hanks puts forty-year-old characters in an action-packed fantastical story designed for the fitness level of teenagers and sees if they can keep up. They can't. And it's an awesome formula for fun." - Chris Panatier

"Swashbucklers is a reminiscent romp through the 80’s, filled with retro-goodness. If you’re enamored by the age of video arcades and MTV, you will feel an instant camaraderie with the heroes in this book, who seek to defeat the same evil that almost destroyed their world as children. In Swashbucklers, Hanks has done a lovely job at giving us a villian to hate and a lovable group of aging heroes to cheer on." - Ginger Smith

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