The Treasure of Peril Island

“The Treasure of Peril Island is a rollicking good yarn!”

— K.Z., Reader’s Favorite

A penniless young man living on a barge on the Thames in 1903 London, Jack Drayton is unsure of where his life is heading. He’s trying to decide what to do next with himself, when he meets a peculiar stranger. Needing a ride to shore one evening, Jack hitches a ride from this stranger, who speaks, dresses, and behaves as though he’s stepped out of another era. After Jack helps the man escape a fracas in town, he tells Jack that he is in fact Black Juan Gaskara, an infamous pirate, and claims that he’s on the run for his life.

Now, that would be all fine and good, except for the fact that the real Black Juan Gaskara would have to be over 112 years old; or logically, dead.

However, despite his disbelief, the man intrigues Jack. Especially when he learns of the treasure that he has apparently hidden on Peril Island, a place’s location that is only known to Black Juan.

Before he is murdered by descendants of the crew he double-crossed over the loot, Juan leaves Jack with a cryptogram that will reveal the treasure’s location. Suddenly it’s up to Jack to recover the treasure before Black Juan’s enemies–who wish to use it to set up a global crime empire–get their hands on it first. With his best friend Hector at his side, Jack must venture on the journey of a lifetime to find the treasure before Gaskara’s foes put an end to his search… and his life!


C.W. James takes the reader on an engaging, adventure-packed tale of a life-changing journey involving an impoverished young boy, a mysterious pirate, and buried treasure.

  • Sublime Book Reviews

There was nothing to dislike about this book. I was enthralled from the very beginning and could barely put the book down until the end. The author did an excellent job of portraying a daring and romantic adventure in a style reminiscent of a Robert Louis Stevenson novel.

  • Online Book Club

The Treasure of Peril Island is a swashbuckling fantasy that is consistently entertaining. If you’re a reader looking for a quintessential pirate adventure story, then you’ll have plenty  to enjoy in C.W. James’ well crafted novel.

  • Literary Titan

The author has crafted a fun and engaging story line that will hold readers’ interest from beginning to end. The story unfolds at a quick and steady pace, sustaining intrigue throughout. (James) excels at creating lively, substantive, and memorable characters. Particularly noteworthy is Jack, a sympathetic and smart protagonist that the reader roots for from the start.

  • BookLife Prize

The Treasure of Peril Island is a rollicking good yarn!

  • K.Z., Reader’s Favorite


Paperback: 978-1-7368013-0-7

E-Book: 978-1-7368013-1-4