Review by Taylor Danvers -- Adrift by Charlie Sheldon

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Review by Taylor Danvers -- Adrift by Charlie Sheldon

Post by Taylor Danvers » 06 Feb 2019, 19:21

[Following is a volunteer review of "Adrift" by Charlie Sheldon.]
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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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Post by Vscholz » 15 Feb 2019, 22:38

Despite your high rating, I will probably pass on this one--at least for now. It's good to know that even the negatives don't take away from the enjoyment. Thanks for reviewing!
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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 16 Feb 2019, 00:05

Did you know that when you’re on a lifeboat in bad weather, you have to crap on your survival suit?
Lol, I did not know this! I like the way you describe the intensity and suspense of this book, as well as the "flow of the writing style". I like that sort of thing even if I am not much of an adventure reader. Thanks for your review!
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 16 Feb 2019, 08:58

It seems to be a beautiful story of hope, love, and survival. I have read its prequel "Strong Heart". It was wonderful, and this one sounds interesting too. I have added this in my reading list. Thanks for this interesting review. :)
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Post by Zimall » 16 Feb 2019, 09:22

Novels about sea often seem boring to me but i adore graphic details and emotional read. Thanks a lot for the review Taylor☺
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Post by DogoMulla » 18 Feb 2019, 16:18

Truth be told, you're lucky, just for reading Charlie Sheldon. I believe it when you say you felt some type of way throughout; the twists and turns. Just as Charlie is good at writing, so are you at review - at least based on Adrift review.

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 20 Feb 2019, 03:23

This is different from what I usually read. But with your description of the writing style, and your enjoyment of the story despite its problems, I'll consider reading it.

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Post by Charlyt » 04 Apr 2019, 04:25

I agree with you about the vocabulary being very technical. I had to look up their definitions as well, and there were a lot of them. Still, it was a captivating book. Great review!
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Post by Feyisayo akande » 30 Apr 2019, 08:27

On looking at the name of the book, I think it will not be interesting but with this review ✔✔hoping to read it. Thanks for the review Taylor

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 17 May 2019, 06:15

Feyisayo akande wrote:
30 Apr 2019, 08:27
On looking at the name of the book, I think it will not be interesting but with this review ✔✔hoping to read it. Thanks for the review Taylor
Hmmm...✔✔✔ Good review
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