This reminded me of Treasure Island as it starts out with a young man remembering back to childhood and the entrance of a mysterious figure that will change the course of his life. The reader keeps wondering if the mysterious figure is bad or good, and in the end we find out that our own perceptions can often shape the characters of others. This book by Greene had to be an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson - both mysterious figures are called Captain, and both boys are called Jim. With Greene's story we get a different kind of pirate story, but a pirate story nonetheless. This was Greene's last published novel, which I did not know before reading it. Interesting. I really liked it, and the narrator (the fabulous Kenneth Branagh) brought it to life, but the ending felt abrupt and rushed. It had shades of Our Man in Havana, but not as much underlying humor - however, the very last part is brilliant and made me laugh out loud. Highly recommended if you are in the mood for a meandering adventure, but read Treasure Island first - and definitely opt for the audio of The Captain and the Enemy, as Branagh's narration should not be missed.