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Captain Steve has awoken to smoke engulfing his ship. A fire rages in the engine room of the Seattle Express as her crew members scramble to extinguish it. It doesn’t take long for those aboard to realize there is little hope for the vessel. The captain has only one choice as the flames continue to spread: save those remaining on the ship. The crew retreats to two lifeboats, their fate uncertain as they battle the harsh December storms.
Larry and Louise awaken early in the morning to an intercepted message on their receiver about an abandoned ship. The couple’s tugboat company is struggling and on the verge of bankruptcy. After considering their financial situation, they decide to go after the abandoned ship. Their objective is not to save the ship but to tow it to a dock and claim their share.
Within the first few pages of Adrift by Charlie Sheldon, the reader is thrust into the fiery chaos aboard the Seattle Express. Sheldon spares no detail as he describes the horror aboard the ship. This can be said for other situations, such as when the characters are aboard Larry and Louise’s tugboat, Warhorse. As Captain Steve and his crew retreat to the lifeboats, the reader understands the severity of their situation. Sheldon describes the storms in gruesome detail as the lifeboats are battered by the waves. He continues to give flawless updates regarding the awful conditions inside the lifeboats.
Most of the detail in this book describes the technical aspects of the ship and the duties of the tugboat employees. I often had to look up various terms as I read each chapter. There is so much information about boats in this book that my research became tedious. After a while, it became difficult for me to keep up with the characters as they completed their various tasks. If you are not a boat enthusiast, I would not recommend this book. This journey is well-written for those who are passionate about the sea and its unpredictable aspects.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Even though it was difficult for me to understand the mechanics of a ship, I could still appreciate the beautifully written experiences of each character. Each sentence flows smoothly into the next to create this page-turning tale. I found a few grammatical errors in this book, but they did not distract me from the author’s exceptional writing techniques.
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