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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477651551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477651551
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,902,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandy Moss was a newspaper and AP reporter for a dozen years before becoming a broadcaster with the Arizona Hometown Radio Group, which includes KPPV, KQNA, KDDL, KPKR, and KUGO (all stream live worldwide). She has a daily live talk show at 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, as well as doing movie reviews, social calendar, newscasts, and more. She is a freelance writer, as well. Sandy is a broadcaster who writes and a writer who broadcasts.

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It is a great human interest story as well as a thrilling sailing adventure.
D\dreamdoer
And to think that Shep lives right here in Prescott makes my heart proud to know him and Sandy Moss.
Yavapai County Contractors
To know this is a true story makes it all the more incredible - it's hard to believe they survived!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jacques laliberte on July 26, 2012
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For the readers unfamiliar with this Prescott, Arizona author, they'll miss The Terrible Loyalty's hidden subtext. This is a powerfully-told and touching ode to Moss's truly beloved husband Mike, his best friend Dave, and their devoted service to the Salvation Army and its ministry, disguised as a sea-faring adventure tale.
A semi-documentary of the two pastor's ill-fated --and arguably ill-advised-- trans-Pacific voyage, California to Hawaii, aboard a vessel barely up to the task, The Terrible Loyalty is a rush of a read, a short but pleasurably sweaty one.
Overlooking Moss's fondness for commas, the book is a quick read, easily --and enjoyably-- dispatched during a lingering Coppertone-tinged afternoon beachside. As the reader follows the boat Mini's arduous travels --and travails-- he finds himself wishing a map was provided to chart its course along the Mexico coast, then out to sea.
The book's title comes from the English theologian G. K. Chesterton, who wrote "We are all in the same boat on a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty." This sea-going trip, dubbed the Radical Sabbatical, was to be a baptism --both literal and figural-- for the two brothers of the cloth.
Moss's account veers off often, back to the past and the men's respective lives and lessons, now brought to bear in the present moment, half-way across the Pacific, to inform their life-and-death struggle. Some descriptions of the voyage's small moments are harrowing, others downright enchanting. Ceremoniously at each two-hundred-mike mark, the sailors would uncork one of their stash of wine bottles, drink its contents, then insert a message and Polaroid picture of themselves, and throw it overboard. A fitting coda to Moss's tale would be that one of these bottles was found on some distant shore, "at ocean's edge", a tribute to a most extraordinary sea passage indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronny Herman de Jong on January 31, 2013
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Two life-long friends, whose friendship dates back to Seminary, decide on a once-in-a-lifetime, daring accomplishment in honor of their 40th birthday. They plan to sail the enormous distance of open ocean, about 2500 miles, from southern California to Hilo, Hawai'i.

On a 20-foot sailboat they name Mini, without any other instruments than a sextant, they leave California on a sunny day in May of 1992, well prepared and full of hope.

In 1976, Hōkūle`a, a replica of the double-hull canoe of the early Polynesians sailed from Hawai'i to Tahiti in a similar manner, evidence that navigating by the stars only was still possible across large distances of open ocean.

However, Dave and Shep's long journey takes them through the most devastating storm they could have ever imagined, testing their determination, their skills, their faith and their friendship in no uncertain ways. They survive and finally reach their destination.

At the time, I lived in Hilo, but cannot remember the Mini's arrival. Had I known then what Sandy Moss's book reveals today, I would have had two leis at the ready!

The Terrible Loyalty is a fascinating read with an attention-grabbing title. The author did a great job in describing intimate feelings, doubts, heroism and loyalty. Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren M Goldfish on September 15, 2012
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Ms. Moss shares the adventure story of her husband and his dear friend. They met as college divinity students, and during their adult years decide to take a 20 foot sailboat named the Mini from the coast of Southern California to Hawaii. Needless to say, the setting and the individuals make for a story that leaves the reader entranced on many levels.

This book is written beautifully. In these pages you will find the fascinating childhood settings that shape these gifted two travelers and their decisions, the complicated social atmosphere of San Francisco in the 70s, the drive for adventure, the challenges adult life brings, the power of faith in its many forms, and a deep love that unites all.

I very much enjoyed this read, much of it completed in one sitting. The combination of the Mini's voyage and the lives it brings together (for decades) make this a captivating story. The author did a great job of tying many elements together for an incredibly engaging read.

Regarding a four star review: this is a five star story, but I usually reserve five stars for pieces of literature I believe will become classics over time. This is a five star read.
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As a Christian and a novice (though well read and studied) sailor I enjoyed this book. It is a great human interest story as well as a thrilling sailing adventure. I have without exaggeration read hundreds of books about sailing and epic storms and I can say that this book brings a perspective that no other book has. That through the belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ, these men showed true Love towards each other despite the most threatening situation. Only in cases of sailors losing direct family members while sailing, have I sensed the same degree of totally selfless devotion that one human can have for another. I am giving this book only 4 stars because the inaccuracies in the nautical terms are painful. This book deserves the review of a competent nautical editor (I am sure that such a person exists somewhere) to be a complete work that is worthy of the story and men it portrays. A great read despite the technical glitch though, and as I am writing this I have shivers running up my spine thinking of being in the middle of the Pacific, on a 20 foot sailboat, in the clutches of a hurricane. Buy it, read it, think about the message it tells about sailing and more importantly, life!
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Sandy Moss was a newspaper reporter and award-winning AP journalist for more than a dozen years with both The Daily Spectrum in St. George, Utah, then The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona. She then transitioned to radio broadcasting, where she is the arts and entertainment reporter for Arizona's Hometown Radio Group in Prescott (KPPV, 106.7FM; KQNA 1130AM, 99.9FM; KDDL 94.3FM; KUGO in the Grand Canyon; and KPKR in Parker, Arizona), all of which also stream live worldwide on the web at their respective dot-coms. She is also a published freelance writer, and contributing writer with Prescott Woman magazine and Yavapai County Contractors Association. "The Terrible Loyalty" is her first book. She is a writer who broadcasts and a broadcaster who writes.

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