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THE GHOST SHIP [Kindle Edition]

Gerrie Ferris Finger
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Book Description


This is one fantastic voyage and a superior read. - Glenda Riordan, Los Angeles

This book was a complete surprise and I loved every page.. - Don Chapman, Nashville

Gorgeous setting, intelligent plot and writing - LKR, Boston


What if you could go back to 1921 and climb aboard a great five-masted schooner on her maiden voyage?
You’d be a witness to history; you’d be on her decks when her keel smashed into an Outer Banks shoal. You’d get to know the villains who caused the tragedy. Was it pirates, Russians, rumrunners? Or something else?
Would you dare?
Ann Gavrion did and her life was never the same.
The history:
One cold, foggy morning in January, 1921, a five-masted schooner in full sail plowed into Diamond Shoal in the infamous Graveyard of the Atlantic. Known to history as The Ghost Ship, her officers and crew were not on board and their bodies never washed ashore. The only living thing on board was a six-toed cat. Also, her anchors and lifeboats were missing. Six agencies investigated the mystery, but it was never solved.
The novel:
Ninety years later, Ann Gavrion travels to Cape Hatteras to get over the loss of her fiancé in an airplane crash. She meets the enigmatic, yet charming, Lawrence Curator on the beach.
Behind her she hears the cries of villagers. “Shipwreck!”
A surfman runs up and shouts that the missing schooner, her sails set, is aground on the shoal. Ann recognizes the enormous ship from a photograph she’d seen the night before.
So begins her journey back to 1921 with the man the Navy sent to investigate the grounding of the great ship.
When Lawrence and Ann solve the mystery, Ann must return to her world. On the very beach where she’d begun her voyage with Lawrence, she meets his great-grandson, Rod. Exhausted, wet, she spills an account of her fabulous sea adventure. He calls her a charlatan and accuses her of using his famous ancestor to write a first person account of the tragedy for her magazine.
How many times, how many ways, must she prove that her voyage was real to Rod and the unbelievers of the world?


Gerrie Ferris Finger, journalist and author, lives on the coast of Georgia with her husband, Alan, and standard poodle, Bogey. While reporting on the building of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Cape Hatteras on The Outer Banks, she listened to the retelling of fabulous legends, true and mythic. The Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoal was but one.
“One morning after a storm, I went down to the shore and saw the bow of a shipwreck that had been uncovered when the sea surged outward. Standing there at the black bones, I felt a sizzling inside my own bones. That ship was a small coastal schooner, but I wanted to know more about The Ghost Ship. I interviewed an elderly gentleman whose ancestor was in the Coast Guard and was one of the men who boarded the Carroll A. Deering during the investigation. He said his cabin was constructed from some of her timbers after she was declared a danger to navigation and dynamited. So began my novel.”

Gerrie Ferris Finger is the author of six novels. THE END GAME is an award-winning traditional mystery, available in hard cover and Kindle.

Praise for THE END GAME:

“Like a runaway freight train, this novel is all about narrative drive….The depth [Finger] brings to the story telling is unusually accomplished; it stays with you when you’re finished, it’s not just a thriller read for the thrill. The Atlanta setting is used well also, something that bodes well for future installments. All I can say is, welcome to the mystery community, Ms. Finger. It feels like you’ve moved right in.”--Robin Agnew, Aunt Agatha's

READ: A GLORIOUS CURSE, second in The Ghost Ship Series

Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crystal Skull Publishing; 2 edition (June 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00589X8CK
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Time Travel and Romance, All In One January 9, 2012
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Ann Gavrion, a magazine writer still mourning the death of her fiancé, comes to Cape Hatteras. Stopping in at a local bar, she sees a painting on the wall titled THE GHOST SHIP OF DIAMOND SHOAL. "She looked up at the ship and thought how beautiful it was, and how it waited for something to happen. Like me."

Boyd, her late fiancé, loved the place. Memories crowd in. With a storm brewing she goes for a walk on the beach, sees the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse where it shouldn't be and with no warning is pulled back in time to 1921. She sees men, women and children rushing toward the sea, crying "Shipwreck," and meets an attractive seaman named Lawrence Curator.

They are both aware she is from a different time but they have a common goal--to find out what caused the sinking of the Carroll A. Deering. Despite his objections, Ann is determined to follow Lawrence as he takes her back even earlier, to Rio de Janeiro where the Deering has delivered a load of coal. At Lawrence's instruction and for her own protection, Ann hides her long hair under a bucket hat and pretends to be a boy--"a Swedish young man with no English, and an interest in the sea."

The scene shifts to Barbados where McClellan, the surly first mate, is jailed as a drunk. The captain bails him out, and Lawrence gives McClellan's scrimshaw scimitar knife to Ann as a souvenir of Rio. Lawrence may be a ghost but in his time he's real, and she feels safe with him.

Back at sea, she wants to warn the captain to change his course and avoid running aground but Lawrence says, "What's past is unalterable." Ann witnesses a murder on board. The crew and the captain's belongings disappear. In the galley, a meal is still set out. Apparently some disaster took the crew by surprise. Mutiny? Pirates?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mystery September 1, 2011
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The Ghost Ship
By Gerrie Ferris Finger
Ann, takes an off-season respite from her job as editor at a prestigious magazine in Atlanta to spend a few days at the wind-swept beaches of Cape Hatteras. A drink in a nearby pub, where she's staying in the attached B&B, and she's introduced to the mostly friendly locals and one handsome, if surly, loner. And on the wall, she sees the photo of what the locals call the Ghost Ship.
She walks down on the beach and is met by a curious sight--a lighthouse, where it shouldn't be, a man oilskin coat and a sou'wester hat of a day long past, people streaming down onto the beach, voices crying, "Shipwreck."
There begins her incredible journey into an unsolved mystery of a sailing ship found sails aloft, crew and cargo gone on the shoals of nearby Diamond Shoal.
The man is Lawrence Curator, a navy captain, investigating the wreck and the loss of the crew. Her mind tells her that he's a ghost, but her heart tells her he's flesh and blood and she willingly goes along with him as he takes her on an incredible journey to solve the mystery of the Ghost Ship.
For a woman whose life had become as shiftless as the sand on the shoals, this is living, even if it's living with a ghost whose purposes are not entirely clear. That is, until Ann realizes that he's also given her another task; help his great grand-son, Rod, the surly loner of the pub, come to grips with the truth of his wife's death.
The author's ability to weave fascinating history into a modern day mystery captured my attention and kept me turning pages until the very end. As a sailor myself, I could find no fault with her terminology, as a matter of fact, I learned some new words and enjoyed every minute of it. She did a magnificent job of describing the sea and the area of Cape Hatteras, making a good case for visiting this beautiful area. There're ghosts, and murder, and mystery and enough romance to satisfy any reader. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written mystery novel September 10, 2011
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This book really surprised me. The original premise of the story set in the 1920s was interesting enough already but the jump to present day and the ghost ship really shook things up. Even the book description is great and made me wish I'd downloaded it much earlier. A classic mystery with many, many twists. I won't spoil the plot, just go and buy it and read it immediately!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of the deep October 14, 2011
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The Ghost Ship

By Gerrie Ferris Finger

The ghost ship is The Carroll A Deering it was lost in 1921. What happened to her crew? Nobody knows. Woo, spooky, The wild Atlantic coast of the United States, North Carolina is where the ship went down and the book really does take you there.

You can hear the sea birds, you can smell sea air, you feel like you are walking down a wild wind swept beach, as the words of the kindle text to speech, appear in your head. This book is well written.

Ann Gavrion is the main character, At first, Ann seems to be a stereotypical superstitious type with a liking for gin and tonic. I thought hello, she has had a few too many (poor girl) and is seeing ghosts. we have all done it, (if we are honest), I used to see visions of Dolly Parton singing 9 to 5 at the end of my bed after a heavy nights drinking.

Anyway, then you as a reader are captured by the story. Ann, as it turns out is just the opposite of what you first thought, she is not this irrational superstitious mystic, because she is not just "seeing things".

The ghost are usually in the head of the beholder, but not in this story.I don't know why, but this aspect of the book came as a bit of a surprise.a real punch in the kisser.

There is more than a hint of science in the book, the answer to the ghostly goings on? Well I am not sure about that, but may be... it's interesting. That's all I want to say, read the book to see what I mean.

If anyone asks me about the secret of this book, I grab ahold of their arm and say (in a dramatic fashion), "we don't like to talk about it round hear, OK".

The book is full of brilliant characters all very memorable. Mr and Mrs Sweeny were my favourites.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The ghost ship in this story is a ship that ...
The ghost ship in this story is a ship that had been ruthlessly taken over by the crew then abandoned to go wherever it would. It became a wreck. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Way out, of course, but you want to keep going. Suspense and romance, what more can you ask.
Some surprises, as well.
Published 10 months ago by maryann
1.0 out of 5 stars Just to hokey
I got this book for free and thankful I did. The story had a good basic idea but all the news media coverage justgot to be to much for me. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Barb Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting
at first it was a little hard to follow, but then I realized she was doing time travel and loved it
Published 16 months ago by Leslie Zimperman
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs proofread/copy edited but story is interesting
I would have given this book 4 stars based on the story, which I enjoyed, but I'm giving it 3 stars because of the blatant mistakes throughout the book that are distracting and... Read more
Published on January 28, 2013 by Loves to Read
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange beginning but it turns out to be a good story
I almost gave up on reading this but I'm glad I stayed with it. Pretty strange at the beginning but comes together nicely.
Published on December 24, 2012 by David J Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning the truth with a little help from the dead
This was an interesting story. A woman who thinks she has little to live for takes a vacation off season at a beach side location. Read more
Published on December 5, 2012 by VDF
4.0 out of 5 stars Good historical mystery
This was a very interesting book. I loved the historical mystery. I've not read many books about the ships and the eastern coast towns and I thought this one was exceptionally... Read more
Published on November 4, 2012 by road warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost Ship
I liked this book very much! A time-travel, ghost story, romance with some marine biology information tossed into the mix, so not so easily defined. Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by Gerri Bowen
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much romance - lacking further plot
I tend to read more mysteries and thrillers, and figured a good ol' ship-based mystery would be a great read. Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by Marina
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More About the Author

About the award-winning author:

Gerrie Ferris Finger won The Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Minotaur Best First Traditional Novel for THE END GAME, published by St. Martin's on April 27, 2010. The second in the series, THE LAST TEMPTATION, will release July 2012 from Five Star. Five Star will also releasse the third in the series, THE DEVIL LAUGHED, in 2013.

Gerrie grew up in Missouri then went South to write for The Atlanta Constitution. She traveled the Tobacco Roads of Georgia and Alabama and the narrow, historic streets of New Orleans. She wrote about Natchez, Mississippi's unique history, Florida's diverse population, and the Outer Banks struggle to keep light houses from toppling into the sea. Visits to Cape Hatteras resulted in her historical paranormal, THE GHOST SHIP.

WHISPERING, a romance, is set on one of Georgia's barrier islands.

Three books in the Laura Kate O'Connell Plantation Series were set in southwest Georgia's plantation region. They are: WHEN SERPENTS DIE, HONORED DAUGHTERS and WAGON DOGS. The print editions of the Laura Kate Series will be released beginning January 2012

MERCILESS is the first in her novella series. HEARTLESS is the second.

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