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- Print Length: 323 pages
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- Publisher: Crystal Skull Publishing; 2 edition (June 25, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00589X8CK
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- Lending: Enabled
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there and it feels as if there is no thought that is actually finished. I
really did want to like it. I tried, but it was impossible for me.
I think the author had a great idea.Unfortunately that is where the good stopped.
I hate to one star a book, but this one failed me in every possible way. I would
have passed on a review altogether, as I almost always do when I have nothing good
to say, but thought a word of warning might be in order. Of course, maybe it gets better beyond
30% ? For the sake of other readers I will just hope that I gave it up too soon.
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?
Lawrence tries to prepare her for his departure, telling her: "When you return, you will be exactly as you were when you left. A few moments will have gone by, that's all." The ship is scuttled and she washes ashore at Cape Hatteras in present time.
She's pulled to safety by a marine biologist named Rod. His real name is Lawrence Rodrick Curator, named for his great-grandfather who went down with his ship while investigating the Deering shipwreck. He's furious when Ann insists she has been with his great-grandfather.
Ann visits the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and confides in Poblo Quintrano, the acting curator, who promptly alerts the media. Reporters descend in droves. Ann escapes back to Atlanta, where her publisher asks her to take a month off. She leaves his office, knowing she will not return, and heads back to hide out in a quiet place until the furor dies down. So begins the nightmare of trying to convince anyone that she really did travel back in time and witness what happened to the Deering.
I downloaded THE GHOST SHIP to my Kindle for PC file and sat up all night to read it. More than one mystery is solved in this story, keeping me continually curious to find out "what happened next."
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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