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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439240590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439240595
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,113,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Allen Danielson--husband, father, automotive machinist, draftsman, architect, USCG licensed captain, marine surveyor, adventurer, freelance writer--a man with careers of varying success in each of these endeavors.


Mr. Danielson began sailing in 1970 on a Coronado 27' when dared by a friend. Since that time he has owned three sailing yachts: a Santana 27', Santana 35', and Norseman 447. From 1978 to 1985 Mr. Danielson and his family raced and cruised their Santana 35' off the coasts of California and Mexico, and he has a wall of trophies to prove it. In 1989, Doug and his wife Karen sailed "TSUNAMI", their Norseman 447, double-handed from San Diego, California to Waikiki, Hawaii, completing the crossing and coming in fifth place in the San Diego YC Race For Life; raising money for trauma research and education in Waikiki and San Diego.

By this time it was obvious that sailing and the marine industry was Mr. Danielson's true passion. In 1992 Doug retired from the practice of architecture to pursue his avocation full-time. He is a highly proficient captain with extensive experience on both power and sailing vessels. He has piloted the waters of the Pacific Coast from Vancouver to Hawaii to the Panama Canal. He has also made passages through the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas, and the Intercoastal waters of Florida. He is a knowledgeable marine surveyor, experienced mechanic, meticulous navigator, good cook, and published writer.

Now on his third career, Mr. Danielson lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with his wife, Karen. He has been writing freelance articles for West Coast boating magazines since 1997. His mystery and horror short stories have been published by Orchard Press Mysteries, Cenotaph, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Lighthouse Media, Sonar4 Publications and Nightfall Publications.

Doug is presently busy writing a nautical mystery/adventure series about a young San Diego yacht captain who can't seem to stay away from trouble and beautiful women. His first in the series, SHORE LOSER, was published in August 2007 and was re-released by Oak Tree Press in February 2012. The second in the series, WET DREAMS, was published in August 2009 and will be re-released by Oak Tree Press in 2013 as SEA-DUCTION. Both are available at marine and independent bookstores or through retailers on the internet. His website can be found at www.doug-danielson.com

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I was unable to put the book down until I'd read to the end.
Maria Ruiz
At least on the cover of the book is a photo of a surfer ripping through the pipe being chased by an avalanche wave, as any surfer knows, dream waves, Wet Dreams.
Nicole Sorkin
I recommend this book very highly as I did the first book "Shore Loser."
Lary Peterson

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Format: Paperback
Wet Dreams is a 70-ft pleasure yacht owned by the Hedonist Society and used to take influential politicians and businessmen on pornographic weekend jaunts, complete with call girls.
When Ben Willows' beautiful daughter goes missing, he fears that she may have fallen in with the Hedonist Society and enlists the aid of his old friend Virgil Klean, San Diego Police Commissioner, to try and find out what's happened to her.
Klean, in turn, asks the captain of his yacht, Papa's Toy, to see what he can find out. Jake Mortensen, fresh out of the Navy and an amateur detective, agrees to help, and soon finds himself embroiled in a web of sex, blackmail, and murder.
Complicating his life further, Mortensen discovers that his friend Buddy, a Vietnam vet, has been getting death threats in the mail, and has begun to exhibit signs of PTSD. Six months earlier, his army bud Miles had been found dead of a heroin overdose, and now Jake wonders if he wasn't actually murdered.
Filled with a wealth of sailing lore, as only a true sailor could write, the book takes off on a wild trip to Catalina Island where both storylines merge into a vivid tale of intrigue and adventure that almost costs Jake his life.
Lovers of the sea will be amply rewarded, but landlubbers too will be caught up in this fast-paced adventure mystery. Danielson writes in a gritty, no nonsense style that's guaranteed to keep you turning the pages until the explosive climax.
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Not being a sailor, I opened the book and began to read. Soon I was pulled into the lives of Jake Motensn and his friends. One of his roommates is already dead and his good friend and roommate, Buddy is being pulled apart by fear of being killed. Jake, not knowing if the threat is real or imagined, is pulled into another mystery by his boss, the police commissioner in San Diego. While looking into the disappearance of the daughter of an old friend of the commissioner, his concern grows over Buddy's downward slip into reliving the Vietnam war. Are the two extremes related? What can Jake do for either problem leads Jake and his friends into life threatening situations. I was unable to put the book down until I'd read to the end. With Doug's' descriptions of sailing, I felt like I was aboard the ships with them and sailing into unknown territory. An excellent book. I'd highly recommend it to all.
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By Nicole Sorkin on March 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Untie the dock lines, cast off and jump aboard Douglas Danielson's book, entitled, "Wet Dreams," also the name of a posh 70 foot Hatteras yacht adorned with babes and booze, partying just off the coast of L.A. at Catalina Island. The reader's voyage will take one upon turbulent waters of a young lady missing from her "filthy rich" daddy, as Jake Mortensen and Buddy Wright seek to find out the answers to the questions of her whereabouts. Along the way, the story tacks against the wind as Buddy receives a death threat from what seems to be an ex-Vietnam-vet. Station a cop character at the bow with a memorable name, Virgil Klean. Add the undercurrent of Jake's attractive and explosive exotic Chinese-American girlfriend, Toey Wong, losing her cool doubting her relationship unjustifiably. What you get is a mystery novel of extraordinary entertainment buoyancy floating in your mind. Remembering, as some of the characters are also true surfers, all landlubbing matters cease when the awesome curls are breaking and "surf's up."

Stuffed with vernacular from the boating world, Douglas Danielson writes in a very relaxed, conversational style, as if you were having lunch with him at a Yacht Club and he was telling you the story first hand. His depth of knowledge about the intricacies of sea-fearing vessels, and his familiarity with the lifestyle and people that command the wheelhouse and sleep in its staterooms, goes fathoms beyond what might be known to an average reader. The skill of Doug Danielson's writing is demonstrated when he takes this information, which is of keen interest to him, and makes it easily assimilated and definitely very enjoyable to others as well.
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This is Douglas Danielson's second book and it continues with the same familiar characters as the first book. Jake Mortensen and his friends have a bunch of stuff going on that keeps them busy. It is set in San Diego, Newport Beach, and Catalina Island. Plots and sub-plots keep you interested and trying to figure out what will happen. I hope this is not the last Jake Mortensen book, I'm looking forward to a third book. I recommend this book very highly as I did the first book "Shore Loser."
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'Wet Dreams' by 'Capt.' Doug Danielson, accomplished sailor himself, is not the porn the title would have you believe. Whew on that score! It is actually a continuation of the Jake Mortensen series. I read the first one, 'Shore Loser' as I found it down in Puerto Vallarta and it is fun to read local authors' works when you are lying on the beach. When I read that one, the seagoing terminology that is a feature of the book leaped out at me as something that was a little heavy-handed. I am not a sailor at all. But then I relaxed into it and in 'Wet Dreams', a more confronting story unfolds, again with seafaring as the central spine of the story. But this time I didn't find it nearly as challenging to follow the yachting language. By then, I could figure out what the characters were doing on that boat and I like the fact that it was up to the reader to work that out. My god-daughter and her husband are into 'messing around in boats' and would find this such a fun book to have on their shelves. It's kind of like a 'Boys' Own Adventure' on an array of yachts and swirling around the story are the goings on you will recognize around a San Diego Yacht Club. The adventure itself, relating to the disappearance of the daughter of a prominent man, is initially fairly predictable which seems to make it an easy read despite some little flaws in story arc and character plotting. For instance, Jake talks like a much older man, a fact which may reflect on the age of the author. The other characters also seem to speak with a similar voice and in the next book (if there is one) I hope that there is strong variance in the tone of each character. The plot is not all linear and there are some twists that satisfy.Read more ›
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