4 out of 4 stars
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Adrift by Charlie Sheldon is a well-plotted story about survival, hope, and love. It is a stand-alone sequel to Strong Heart, a best seller. Charlie Sheldon has wowed his readers once again with yet another story of hope.
Captain Steve and his crew are aboard a container ship when he wakes up to the smoke alarms blaring. They start their drills and try hard to put out the fire, but things don’t go their way. They are forced to abandon their ship and use lifeboats in the bad weather. They are one hundred miles away from land, and they can only hope that rescue vessels are on their way.
Meanwhile, Louise and Larry, who are going through financial and marital problems, set out to find the abandoned ship. They get a crew together, and they embark on a mission to claim the ship before their competition does. The only problem is that their competition has speedboats while they have an old tug boat that is not as fast as the speedboats. Winning the claim saves their company while losing it means bankruptcy. Losing means their company will fall. Myra, a girl whose father William is adrift at sea, also gets a crew of her own to save him.
What I like most about the book is the flow and writing style of the author. Charlie describes the scenes graphically. When the author describes leaving a burning ship on a lifeboat, he makes you feel the intensity of the situation. He makes you feel the despair of different crews as they fight for survival. Some scenes ended up being too emotional for me to take in all at once. I also learned a lot about survival at sea. Did you know that when you’re on a lifeboat in bad weather, you have to crap on your survival suit?
What I liked least about the book was the plethora of characters. Most of them were introduced at the same time which made the book confusing to read. The marine vocabulary used although necessary was confusing, and it became a distraction when I had to stop reading and google the meanings of certain words.
It seems the author has a lot of experience at sea. If he hasn't been part of a crew, he has done his research well.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It’s well edited, and I didn’t find any grammatical errors. Adrift is a very well scripted story that is worth the reader’s time. It was a great adventure, and I loved it. Anyone looking to find adventure and thrill in a story will love Adrift.
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