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The Legend of the Seahawk [Kindle Edition]

Adele Clagett
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the small Connecticut seaside town of Stuart Cove, David, a young ambitious professional takes a short leave of absence from his job at the New York Daily Press to settle his elderly aunt's affairs after her death. Upon a visit to the Fishhook Pub, David is approached by an old fisherman. This old man has a story to tell, a story about a lighthouse keeper named Danny and the loss of the fishing vessel, Seahawk. She went down during a storm back in 1956, but as the old man said "That doesn't tell the whole story." David found his life, and the life of others, forever changed by this tale and the spirit of the Seahawk's Captain, Scott Spear.

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About the Author

Adele Clagett was born in Annapolis, Maryland. The story of the Seahawk was inspired by a dream she had back in 2005. She began to write the novel but shortly abandoned it. It wasn't until 2009 that she decided to pick up where she left off and carry it through completion. She currently lives on Kent Island which is located in Maryland. Included in the household is a rescue Greyhound by the name of Shelby.

Product Details

  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449516513
  • Publisher: Adele Clagett (MyGreyhound Publishing) (December 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00305GRW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthouses, ghosts and romance. It has it all! December 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This author has a great knack for detail, both in description and historical aptitude. It was a pleasant blend of fact, folklore and fiction with plenty of endearing characters. When David hears the radio...great stuff! Throughout this whole tale, I could envision everything the writer was conveying in text, and what a neat ending it had!
Good job, Ms. Clagett
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4.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate story April 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
NOTE: This review was originally posted on "Red Adept Reviews" on March 11, 2011.

Overall: 4 stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 stars

After reading the first chapters, the story was beginning to resemble Sebastian Junger's 1991 bestseller "The Perfect Storm." But then the story took an entirely different direction. Were the spirits of the Seahawk's crew still lost at sea, trying to find their way home a half-century after being shipwrecked? Strange things were happening each year on the anniversary of the Seahawk's sinking, and David Parker and a local woman, Claire Reid, were determined to solve the mystery.

The story centered around an old historic lighthouse, and the author worked in some fascinating historical material about lighthouses. There was also a bit of New England colonial history, notably the Salem witch trials.

There was one key plot development that was not very logical. At a critical juncture, an old marine radio in the lighthouse was inexplicably sold to a collector, despite the fact that the lighthouse was historic and was being preserved as it was when the lighthouse ceased operations several decades earlier. This incident did serve a purpose - to add tension and to bring David and Claire closer together - but it was simply too implausible, and it was not necessary to keep the story moving.

Overall, the story was original, enjoyable reading, and the ending was very satisfying.

Characters: 4 1/2 stars

The principal characters were well developed, and it was easy to feel empathy toward them. David Parker was an ambitious young journalist from New York City. Claire Reid was a local woman who served as a volunteer guide at the town's historic lighthouse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Seafaring Ghost Story August 19, 2010
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Adele Clagett's The Legend of the Seahawk comprises the elements of fiction and a narrative style that makes it an ideal story for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. While few seafaring ghost stories have the substance to hold my interest very long - because they all seem to focus on the same elements of the genre - characters feeling cold whenever visited by a ghost- or spirit-like energy, Clagett's narrative is different from many others that I have read. Skillfully combining facts about lighthouses, the life of lighthouse keepers and their families, and the story of the Seahawk with its paranormal aspects - psychic readings, residual haunting, non-intelligent ghost entities - Clagett has created a seafaring ghost story that is interesting, compelling, and illuminating.

As I delved into the text, I was reminded of the other ships that had been lost in the 1950's - My Lady in 1952, and The Echo III in 1955 - and the movie The Perfect Storm. Like The Perfect Storm, Clagett gives the reader a basic seafaring tale: On August 1, 1956, while trawling for fish, a storm unexpectedly shifts its direction and catches the Seahawk out at sea before it can return to port at Stuart Cove, a small New England town situated on the coastline of Connecticut. Captain Scott Spear and his crew of five are lost to the sea. His wife, Helen, his daughter, Cynthia, his brother-in-law and lighthouse keeper, Danny Pierce, and the townsfolk were deeply affected by the incident.

I thoroughly enjoyed Clagett's milieu of Stuart Cove, which included Saint Margaret's Church, the fishermen's memorial - a small circular area, consisting of a flower garden, a few benches, a granite tablet etched with the names of those from Stuart Cove lost at sea - the Fishhook Pub, the Stone Ridge Lighthouse, and Main Street.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Paranormal Mystery And So Much More! January 20, 2010
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I bought this book for my Kindle after reading a blurb about it. This is a great story set in a small fishing village. The village boasts a decommissioned lighthouse that now offers tours of the keepers living area and the lighthouse itself. The lighthouse is at the heart of the mystery.

I enjoyed getting to know the well drawn characters who are immediately likable. The inhabitants of the small fishing village will make you feel welcome from the start. The main characters will engage your interest and never let it go.

I don't want to give away the wonderful plot, so I'll just give a short summary: the village, as all fishing villages, has suffered losses to the sea. The lighthouse boasts a mystery and the main characters are driven to solve it. The love story never stoops to romance-style story telling, it's well done and moves the story along at a brisk pace.

Don't miss out on a wonderful read!
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More About the Author

Adele Clagett was born in Annapolis, Maryland. A dream she had back in 2005 inspired the story of the Seahawk. She began to write the novel but shortly abandoned it. It was not until 2009 that she decided to pick up where she left off and complete it. She currently lives on Kent Island, which is located in Maryland. Included in the household is a rescue greyhound by the name of Shelby.

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