Not sure how I found this author's blog, maybe a tweet or FB post. He writes really good sailor stories. Not old tyme sailing tales and not high tech terrorist battles or any of that nonsense. The author tells stories about sailors today on ships of steel. He tosses in some romance with chocolate beauties in exotic locations and late night drinking bouts and ghosts that haunt ships at sea. These stories are f'ing awesome.
After 6 years in the Canadian Coast Guard (yeah, keep making CG jokes until you need us to save you from drowning, lol) I have a taste for sea stories and nautical fiction, and this author's blog and stores are excellent.
If you are looking for a techno-thriller that explains the inner workings of bombs and subs and fighter planes this is not for you. However, after 6 years in the CG, I do like a good sea story and this one fits the bill. A story like this could make a great movie (horror-comedy). It's catchy with sailors and a weird vampire-like shipmate stuck below the Atlantic on a submarine.
This tale is set in the future but is is front loaded with all kinds of ecological and political warnings about today. Problems teh author brings up are overpopulation, corruption, climate change and others. The story is set in the future in a time when many of these problems no longer exist due to apocalyptic events that destroyed the population and changed the landscape. However, life in the future is still very much the same with pizza joints, colleges, family and friend living kind of like they do today except without so much political, economic and environmental problems. Personally I liked the characters and especially the fact that there are several episodes on a ship and around the ocean.
I've had this one on my phone forever and reading it in bits and pieces. Overall it's a nice story told with polished sentences and paragraphs. I like the old waterfront town and the scenes on the ships. Needs a nice cover, though. Thanks.
This is a wonderful story to dip into here and there, esp if you are into surfing. I felt like I travelled to many of the remote islands across the Pacific after reading it. What a charmed life the author has lived.
This is epic in scale . . . truly monumental in it's proportions. I was wondering about the amount of research the author must have done to have written this. It is truly a labor of love because it tells with excruciating details the voyage of Magellan. I dipped in and out of it during several plane trips, reading long stretches. I truly felt like I was there with the crew in so many scenes. A major accomplishment but it could have been edited a bit.