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Seven (Deadly?) Syns

Because of the number of Dr. Syn books a larger anciliary cast has grown around the body of work than for a one-shot.

So here are four out of seven rosters of characters, divided by volume.

The (Br)others of Doctor Syn

Despite the intermittent publication, there is an obviously enduring appeal of the pirate and smuggler genres. Most famous are the 'big guns' of Treasure Island and Meade-Falkner's Moonfleet - I hardly dare whisper Jamaica Inn - to the lesser-known gems like The Ship Aground.

These are one-off novels, with no expectation of become serials. Syn managed to buck this trend by not planning to be a serial, but becoming one anyway!

(Yes, TV fans - there was a 'Return to Treasure Island' television series, but not novelised - as far as I know.)

Boy dreaming of life afloat?

There is a new departure in the air: Kent author George Chittenden is two-thirds through publishing a trilogy, which sits somewhere between a one-off and an ongoing serial, by my reckoning.