The Long Patrol: A Tale from Redwall

By Brian Jacques, Allan Curless

The murderous Rapscallion military is at the circulate. Dealt a humiliating defeat by way of girl Cregga Rose Eyes, the Badger girl of Salamandastron, who nonetheless pursues them, the Rapscallions are heading inland to take an excellent larger prize: the peaceable Abbey of Redwall. The elite battling unit of hares, the lengthy Patrol, is named out to attract them off. on the leading edge is the younger hare Tammo, the lead sword in a single of the main ferocious battles Redwall has ever faced?ready to struggle to the demise!

?[Jacques is] a masterful storyteller. . . . As within the different Redwall books, the combo of an soaking up plot, powerful characterization, and targeted description make the unconventional a page-turner.?
?The Horn Book

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Stable healthiness, lengthy seasons! ’ ‘May he never forget his lovely ol’ nurse Rockjaw Grang! ’ Lieutenant Morio additional, then ducked fast underneath the desk as Rockjaw picked up a pie. ‘Ah’ve by no means struck a h’officer wi’ an apple an’ redcurrant pie afore, yet there’s allus a primary time, ’tenant Morio! ’ Amid the overall laughter Craklyn received up and sang an outdated Abbey birthing tune. ‘O here’s to the teenagers, Sunshine on all, As we develop old’n’small, might they develop tall, now not understanding starvation or winter’s chilly chew, Fearing no dwelling factor, through day or evening, robust within the middle, and durable of limb, Making us proud to grasp, of him or her. Here’s to the existence we adore, sincere and new, supply most of these hopes and desires come actual, With each one clean sunrise, might pleasure by no means stop, lengthy seasons of happiness and peace! ’ Perigord thumped the tabletop together with his tankard. ‘Splendid, good sung, marm! lengthy Patrol, allow us to honour little Russano in Salamandastron type. Draw metal! ’ Tammo was once uncertain what to do, even though he felt privileged to be a part of the hares’ short rite. Pulling forth his blade, he held it flat over the vegetable basket just like the relaxation. watching solemnly up via a crisscross of lethal metal, the badgerbabe watched significant Perigord as he intoned: ‘We are the lengthy Patrol, those are our perilous blades, Pledged for your security throughout all of the seasons, Our lives are yours, your lifestyles is ours. Eulaliaaaaaaaaa! ’ ‘Blister me barnacles, mate,’ Skipper of otters whispered to Arven. ‘I felt the fur upward push all alongside me again whilst these warriors shouted their conflict cry! ’ The Champion of Redwall smiled. ‘Aye, me too, yet did y’see the little Russano? He by no means batted an eyelid. He’ll turn out to be a funky ’un, I bet. ’ ‘I’ve heard that hares can’t sing,’ Ginko the Bellringer known as out. ‘Is that correct? ’ Pasque Valerian threw a paw throughout Rubbadub’s shoulders. ‘An’ the place pray did y’hear that, sir? Everybeast up on y’paws an’ shape jewelry, one contained in the different. One ring is going left, the opposite circles correct. Midge, Riffle, you exhibit ’em. Rubbadub, you beat time an’ I’ll do the singin’. “Hares at the Mountain”. ’ Whooping and jumping, the hares gripped their Redwall companions’ paws. ‘“Hares at the Mountain”, beat it out good’n’fast! ’ Rubbadub grinned vastly, notable up his drum noises. ‘Rubbity dubbity dumbaradum, rubbity dubbity dumbaradum . . . ’ either circles started relocating counter to one another with the beat, at each 3rd step banging either paws down demanding and doing a double clap. quickly the Redwallers had the hold of it. whilst the circles have been relocating to Pasque’s delight she sang out loud and fast: ‘“O mom expensive mom O mom come quickly, Calamity lackaday carry a stout stick, There’s hares at the mountain they’re all rough’n’big, A cuttin’ up capers an’ dancin’ a jig! They put on rusty medals an’ raggy outdated outfits, There’s one with an apple caught quickly to his nostril, Another’s obtained seashells all tied to his again, There’s hares at the mountain unluckily an’ alack! ” “O daughter my daughter now take heed to me, Such rowdy wild pawsteps I by no means did see, Run into the home quickly an’ conceal your eyes, An’ I’ll provide these ruffians any such shock!

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