Review by maritzaalston -- Adrift by Charlie Sheldon

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Review by maritzaalston -- Adrift by Charlie Sheldon

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Adrift" by Charlie Sheldon.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Adrift written by Charlie Sheldon. It was all hands on deck when Larry and Louise, owners of Sol Duc Towing Company, heard that the Seattle Express was on fire. Larry wanted to go on this rescue mission they needed the money to keep the business afloat. Louise was doubtful that the old Warhorse, a deep-sea salvage tug, would be able to undertake the trip. Larry knew that the Warhorse was not as fast but when the news came over the radio he saw it as an opportunity. If they hurried, they would have a head start over Buckhorn’s Corporation tugboats and the Canadian Coast Guard. Not knowing whether the ship was at the bottom of the Gulf of Alaska, Larry rounds up the crew, food and sets out to claim the Seattle Express.

All of the crew members escaped the fire and were able to get into two lifeboats. The lifeboats were separated by wind and pounding waves. It could be days before they were rescued. It was December the water was cold, rough and a dangerous time for the Seattle Express crew to be adrift on lifeboats.

One of the crew members, William, noticed and was familiar with the place that they had drifted to Haida Gwaii where he was born. William knew that the lifeboat was being pushed by the harsh winds towards treacherous rocks and uncharted territory.

I gave this book 4 out of 4 stars the incredible story developed nicely and the characters were brought to life as the story progressed. The story is filled with action, heroic adventure, and breathless suspense. Adrift is a story of hope, survival and self-preservation. The story was organized intelligently and there was never a question as to what was going on regardless of all that was happening in the story. I absolutely loved that closure was provided for all the characters. There was no question to me of what happened to the characters.

What I liked most about this book was that the author really set the stage and provided great details about the ship and the crew members that were on-board. The author also provided many references that were specific to working on a ship, which was exceptionally nice. The author brings together family, friends and neighbors to help accomplish the overall goal. Altogether this was a remarkable story. It was brilliantly written, and I did not note or detect grammatical errors.

Being truthful there wasn’t a thing about this story that I did not enjoy reading. If I was to point out something it would be the role that the Bulkhorn Corporation employees played in the story. Perhaps elaborate a bit more but not so much that it would make the story drag.

I would recommend this to readers who enjoy reading all types of genre. It was a page turner and easy to read. Readers that enjoy reading action and adventure would truly enjoy this book. Readers that enjoy reading about ships, sailing, maritime would absolutely appreciate the book.

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Post by DottyC »

This is a really helpful review. I have read a sample of the book through the Book of the Day and felt the same as you about it being a page-turner. I have put this on my to-read list as it seems like an exciting book to escape to at the end of a long day when you don't want to think too hard. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Espie »

Drifting aimlessly at sea or in reality does not have perfectly good connotations. Staying afloat and reaching destinations would be more ideal. Thank you for your interesting review of this well-loved piece.
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Post by Nerea »

I really felt for the crew members. The bad weather and insufficient resources for their up-keep in the wilderness was quite life-threatening. And I agree with you that "Adrift is a story of hope, survival and self-preservation." I enjoyed reading the book too. Thank you for your thoughtful review.
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Post by Lunastella »

I have fond memories of enjoying books on maritime adventures as a kid, so I think I'll give this book a try. It takes a special kind of characters to embark in such an adventure, and we could all learn from to muster the courage to ride the waves life throws at us.
Thank you for your enthusiastic review!

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