4 out of 4 stars
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Adrift by Charlie Sheldon is a marine thriller that incredibly reflects resilience, humility, teamwork, and endurance. It vividly describes how one minute can change one’s life.
The date was December 5th, when the Seattle Express ship encountered a shipwreck. The members on board were sailing from North Pacific to Seattle. Their journey was frustrated by fire from an unknown source. The event aroused mixed reaction among the members on board. Unable to contain the situation, the Captain ordered everyone on the ship to grab their life suits and jackets and board the lifeboats. Regrettably, the lifeboats drifted. Did they survive the extremely bad weather at sea? Were they rescued from the tragedy that ensued them?
The author is a gifted storyteller. He exceptionally balanced the scenes in the narration. Additionally, the events in the book are fascinating and sound realistic. The book is written in both first and third-person perspective. Moreover, the plot and characters are diligently and masterfully developed. Furthermore, the language employed is simple and easy to understand. Finally, each chapter has a title that highlights the main character in the event.
This is an adventurous, exciting and intriguing book that engages the reader on a tour at sea, helping them to understand the marines’ or sailors’ world. The book prompts the reader how powerful and aggressive natural forces can be. And true to this quote, “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” The fraction of history and science featured in the book spiced up the story.
In his writing, the author remarkably highlighted feminism, legal development, family, relationship, spirituality, hope, ethnicity, health care, atheism, and courage.
I'm impressed by the technique that the author uses to calm the readers’ adrenaline. Additionally, incorporating events happening on land in the plot added flesh to the tale. The characters’ different skills and physical challenges as portrayed in the book rendered the story livelier. Ultimately, I enjoyed the stories by William that inspired hope and courage.
Unfortunately, the cursing words contained in the book weren’t appealing to me. Additionally, I felt like the story was rushed at the end. And finally, I didn’t enjoy the part that highlighted blood transfusion due to personal reasons.
There are a couple of moral lessons that I managed to draw from the story. First, communication is essential owing to the fact that it provides a convenient way for one to receive the needed help. Second, blood is thicker than water. When a loved one is in trouble, we will do all we can to rescue them. Third, it’s important to choose words wisely so as to avoid stumbling others. Fourth, there are areas you cannot access without your identification (ID) cards. Therefore, it’s important to always carry along your ID cards to avoid inconveniences. Finally, sometimes we find ourselves in critical situations, rather than pitying ourselves we need to gather up strength and try to find a solution to our problems.
I rate the book at 4 out of 4 stars. It’s professionally revised. Though I encountered some few grammatical errors, it didn’t distract my reading. Furthermore, the author did a thorough and remarkable job in his writing. I recommend the book to those who love reading or watching marine thrillers.
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