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Clive Strutt has worked as a journalist, photographer, and a probation officer. He and his wife Maggie gave up their salaried jobs when in their forties to go on a seven year cruise in their Vancouver 32 sailing boat – Minden Rose – which they fitted out themselves from a bare hull. Both he and Maggie contributed to the yachting press – Clive was the Mediterranean correspondent for Yachting World for most of their cruising life. They live in Suffolk, England, and travel worldwide contributing articles on their experiences.
on May 16, 2012 :
What a great adventure, full of twists and turns, woven around sailing in the Med; something the author really seems to know about. It's a story of mystery and murder, sex and the sea, travel and treasure. It felt like I was there. I'd recommend it to armchair travellers as well as those with a passion for the sea. I reckon it would make a great movie.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on April 14, 2012 :
When I read all the glowing five star reports on Amazon I was suspicious. However, it turned out to be one of the best reads I’ve had for a long time, and totally justifies the five stars earned. It was a page turner from beginning to end - I got so carried away with the plot I had to go back and read it again more slowly and in more detail, viewing the locations on the Internet and following the route on a map. The book resonates with authenticity: clearly the author has been to all these places and done all these things himself. Sailors will love the nautical detail, but those who get seasick on a pedalo needn't be put off by technicalities – it's an easy read. And just when you think you can relax and the end is just around the corner, the action starts all over again, with another twist of intrigue and rush of adrenaline.
This book is a compulsive read: I just wish the author had provided a map – not all the locations are viewable online – but that's not a criticism, just a comment – it still gets 5 stars!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on April 09, 2012 :
It took awhile to download from my mac to ereader but once achieved i couldn't put it down . The storyline was brilliant & wanted to know what happened next .As i know the author is well travelled around the med it made it more authentic . A brilliant read Clive
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)