4 out of 4 stars
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The author narrates the unnerving experience of Captain Travis and his crew as catastrophe strikes at the sea. One ordinary day, the Captain finds himself having to abandon his ship, the Seattle Express. An inferno threatens to scorch them before the sea embraces them into quick oblivion. The inevitable decision to abandon ship wrenches at the captain’s heart, as it greatly injures his image, leaving a dent on his reputation and his career.
The narrative dramatically shifts to yet another scenario. Larry is in difficult financial straits when the news of the sinking ship reaches him. He quickly mobilises his crew .Larry hopes to locate the burning ship, tow it in order to lay claim, and probably salvage his economic situation and ailing marriage as well.
Adrift by Charlie Sheldon is an action packed tale of tragedy. The author keeps the reader engaged right from the onset. As the author concisely details the technicalities of handling a sinking ship and a restless marooned crew, the reader can easily grasp the urgency of the moment. At the same time, the reader wonders at the opportunist nature of humanity in face of others’ tragedy. It is also fascinating to note how the characters could afford to entertain depraved thoughts in spite of the impending disaster.
The story flows smoothly from one page to the next, provoking and sustaining curiosity throughout. I particularly enjoyed the twist of events surrounding Larry and Louise’s relationship. The news of the sinking ship appears to be a reprieve to their looming divorce. At this point, I could not help, but think that the future of Larry’s relationship would probably depend on the outcome of the ship rescue mission.
The story is very informative, with maps marking the locations of important events. The author seamlessly weaves two separate stories, aptly using cliff-hangers to keep the reader on the edge. As one story reached climax, the author would shift attention to events in the other story. The appropriate application of metaphors added depth to the plot. The unidentified bird trapped in the lifeboat supposedly signified the sailors’ horrific fate and compounded the gloominess of the situation.
I also admired William’s strong character. His forty years of sailing evidently cultivated his astute personality .His remarkable composure in face of grave danger points to his refined crisis management skills. His elegance averted the eruption of an irrepressible chaos from his crew.
While I considered the gruesome detail of the sailors’ travails on the lifeboats a bit disconcerting, I also found them psychologically invigorating. The editing was superb and I did not find any error. I rate Adrift 4 out of 4 stars and recommend the book to fans of sea adventure and crisis stories.
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