Bloody Rain - Murder, Madness & the Monsoon

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Bloody Rain is a short story set in the 1880s on the sailing ship, Queen Charlotte, in the Hoogly River off the Calcutta and in the Bay of Bengal - a tale of murder, madness and the monsoon. More
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Words: 5,870
Language: English
ISBN: 9780988236028
About Rick Spilman

Rick Spilman has spent most of his life around the ships and the sea. Professionally, he has worked as a naval architect (ship designer) for several major shipping lines. An avid sailor, Rick has sailed as volunteer crew on the replica square-riggers "HMS ROSE" and "HMS BOUNTY," as well as sailing on modern and period vessels along the New England coast, the west coast of Florida, the Caribbean, the Great Lakes and the southwest coast of Ireland. He is also an avid kayaker.

Rick is the founder and host of the Old Salt Blog, a virtual port of call for all those who love the sea. He has been published in the Huffington Post, gCaptain, Forbes online, and several canoeing and kayaking print magazines. He was also a nautical columnist on the Clarion science fiction blog and a Cooley Award Winner in short fiction at the University of Michigan. His video has appeared in the Wall Street Journal on-line and in National Geographic Traveler.

Rick lives with his wife and two sons on the west bank of the Hudson River.

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Review by: Malcolm Torres on Oct. 09, 2016 :
I love sea stories and especially stories like this that accurately portray real sailors and the rough experiences they live through. Having served in the US Navy, I experienced first hand the life of a sailor at sea. Even though this story is set many years ago, in the age of sail, life aboard ship has not chanced that much. The ship's captain is still Godlike in his power over the crew, and a flawed captain can have a terrible impact on the voyage.
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Review by: ClintB on July 22, 2016 :
It doesn't get much better than a good sea story with a psycho captain stuck at sea in a storm.
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Review by: shrating on July 21, 2016 :
This is a nice sea story. The author / narrator has serious technical and personal experience with sailors and ships. This experience comes through in the descriptions and characters. The main character is the captain and he's presented as powerful but with flaws that makes an impression on the reader. The main character's inner dialog is some of the best parts, showing how rough sailors are. This roughness comes through nicely in the captain's inner thoughts. For a sea story it has all the right ingredients, there's a nice setup and the main part of the action seemed a bit abrupt.
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Review by: Linda Collison on July 02, 2016 :
Excellent nautical short fiction set in the Victorian era -- a salty psychological thriller.
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