Thanks, Steve. Glad to know that although my reputation precedes me, it is good.
I would really like them to do a sequel but everything I've read said that they aren't planning one at the moment. How funny that they'd leave the ending wide open but aren't actively planning a sequel. I hope they do decide to make one, though.
Didn't know that about the "powder monkeys." Very interesting! One can always turn to you for an interesting sea-related fact.
I haven't read any of the books but perhaps I will pick them up after I finish everything on my current reading list.