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Based on true events, WTF is a novel of love, war, betrayal and retribution arising from the death of 82 sailors in a collision between the destroyer HMAS Voyager and aircraft carrier Melbourne. Jim Price survived but his mate, Charlie did not. It's up to Jim to obtain justice for his mate but formidable obstructions lie in the path of justice. More

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About John Regan

I have been a sailor all my life, including service in the Royal Australian Navy, which gave me background for my novel Whisky Tango Foxtrot, and am still cruising in my yacht, Jabiru. After leaving the Navy, a budding career as an economist lasted only two semesters at Sydney University when I realised the Dismal Science was mostly black magic, an opinion vindicated by the Global Financial Crisis several years later.
Reverting to my true vocation, I sailed in tankers, tugs, container ships, survey ships, semi-submersible oil rigs but the most challenging and satisfying job was skipper of a sail training ship. Herding cats is a snack compared to controlling a bunch of teenagers full of their oats aboard a sailing ship. But it was rewarding. Character development is the aim of the sail training program. We get them seasick, teach them how to pull on ropes, tie useless knots and sing sea shanties, wake them up in the middle of the night to go on watch and give them a certificate at the end saying what great kids they are. Most of them believe it, and in most cases it’s true.
I found time to do some writing; won a scholarship in creative writing at Stanford University, published a novel, Little Joe, subtitled ‘A Lusty Yarn of the Sea,’ which was a bit of a stretch on the publisher’s part. I swear there was no erotica in it. Wrote numerous articles and stories, mostly with a nautical theme and produced The Seaman’s Handbook, a textbook for marine students.
But I guess I always had my eye on Ferdinand Magellan, the greatest sailor in history and too little known in the Anglophone world. Columbus steals his thunder without good reason. I claim to be the first person to write about Magellan who sailed around the world in his track, and the first master mariner. He is more than a figure of history. He has a human face. His iron will overcame every obstacle in his way except one: the fatal flaw in his own character that brought about his downfall. A Singular Captain indeed.

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Review by: Malcolm Torres on July 22, 2016 :
This book is part adventure thriller, part memoir, part history. It was fun to read because I love sea stories and my life intersects with some of the locations and scenes in this story. My favorite parts are when the author describes nautical technology like how systems and gear aboard ships works. I also like the pace of the action, with disasters at sea, love affairs, being shipped off suddenly to exotic and dangerous locations.
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Review by: Jonathan Lee on July 22, 2016 : (no rating)
I was captivated by the breadth of this novel from navy cadet to politics to civil rights demonstrators to government corruption to CIA conspiracies, all seen through the eyes of a bizarre accident-capsize-at-sea survivor. This is the first novel I have read set in Australia and I found the Australian manner of speech and relationships fascinating. After enjoying the novel so much, I found the ending somewhat sudden and shocking. I wish the ending could have more tension, more build-up and more drama so that I can reach a satisfying conclusion to what was a fantastic read.
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Review by: Boris Seaweed on June 19, 2016 :
Thought-provoking and captivating book, written in smooth English and interspersed with Australian everyday spoken language, idioms and slang. Describing different sides of Australian life (the Navy, business, university life, Sydney city life, fashions, etc.) the author also delves into the recent history (Vietnam war and antiwar movement, politics, etc.). He also dares to weave into the plot and connect with the main character his version of mysterious disappearance of Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt on December 17, 1967. And it is also charming love and family story. Personally I have read the book in one breath.
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