4 out of 4 stars
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Adrift by Charlie Sheldon is an intriguing Nautical Fiction novel. It is written from the perspective of several characters: Steve, Louise, Travis, Pete, William, and Myra. Adrift is a true page-turner. I was captivated from the very first page and remained that way throughout the book.
When Seattle Express, a container ship bound for Seattle caught fire in the Gulf of Alaska, the crew abandoned ship and fought to stay alive. While there was a high stakes race to retrieve the abandoned ship. Buckhorn Corporation: the company that owns the Seattle Express, must retrieve their valuable cargo and tow the ship into port before another tugboat can salvage the abandoned ship. Warhorse, an old tugboat owned by Husband and Wife Larry and Louise, was called into play, the old crew was put back together, and they headed to sea to tow the Seattle Express into port and secure their claim. Larry and Louise are broke. Their towing company is in financial trouble. They are in a lot of debt that they are unable to repay, and their marriage is on stormy seas. They have everything riding on this claim. Back on land Myra, the daughter of one of the crew members on the Seattle Express feared her father dead. Yet, young Sarah held out hope. Together they will stop at nothing to find him.
Charlie Sheldon’s knowledge of ships, navigational skills, and his experience as a seaman were evident throughout the novel. The vivid imagery and precise nautical language used by the author gave the reader the sense that they were living the lives of the characters. Having minimal knowledge of a ship or even some form of sailing experience will bring the book to life for the reader. In the same sense, that a lack of expertise in these areas would not take away from the reader's ability to enjoy the book and delve into the plot.
It was extremely easy to visualize the story as it unfolded, and I identified with the emotions of the characters. The well-written plot and exceptionally detailed descriptions of the settings made it easy for one to get lost in the novel. Every scene furthered the development of characters and enhanced the storyline.
It was professionally edited. I only noted a single typo. The author played on your emotions and kept you wanting to dig deeper into the lives of the characters. I find myself wanting to know so much more about them. How did things work out for Steve and his son, Jimme? Was Pete able to maintain custody of his son, Sam? Did Myra end up dating Sergei, or did she end up with Pete?
My favorite part of the book was when Louise received legal assistance with Buckhorn Corporation. More intriguing was who helped her and what else that character had to offer. I also liked the fact that the characters were relatable. My least favorite part of the book was the unresolved issues between Louise and Larry. I had not read the first book in the series, Strong Heart but it is now a must read for me.
I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was well edited; the characters and plot were exceptionally developed. I would recommend reading this book. I was provided with a free copy for an honest review.
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