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More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B Paperback – November 30, 2011
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An entertaining read. I found myself cheering the David B on. I wanted the Smiths to succeed... I was quickly drawn into this tale; I eagerly turned the pages not wanting to wait to see what new adventure the Smiths would face. Smith is a talented author. She paints a beautiful picture with words.
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The author Is a natural story teller. Excellent flow and funny too!
They race against time, money, and natural elements to save the David B--the vessel that they bet all of their resources on in hopes of making their dream of owning and operating a small expedition cruise boat in the Pacific Northwest come true.
The adventure begins when Christine and Jeffrey Smith, searching for an old boat to transform into a small passenger vessel, examine a sixty-five foot 1929 work-boat, precariously moored on Lopez Island--the neglected wooden vessel that hovers near death is the David B. However, Jeffrey sees the elegant beauty of a three cylinder antique engine and the strength of the hull made from Northwest timber. Christine saw the look in Jeffrey's eyes and knew that this was the boat.
In the opening pages, we learn they've accomplished part of their dream and we're ready to climb aboard. The author seamlessly carries us from her present experiences and joy during the sea voyage, back into her memories, where she re-lives the enormous hurdles of the rebuild process. The flashbacks work well because we want to know. Need to know.
With hearts captivated by the David B, the couple gambles everything. Looming bankruptcy lurks alongside the other huge challenges. Anxiety heightens because their cherished family and friends (without whom they couldn't have succeeded) share the risk. Readers will think, "This can't be done" and then ask themselves, "How did they do it?" Intrigued from beginning to end, we peek into the lives of the author, her husband, the crew, family, and friends. We yearn for their success and their safety.
"More Faster Backwards, Rebuilding David B" seamlessly mixes nautical terms with natural elements and boat builder's craft. Those who enjoy cooking and baking will also discover it a delightful read. Seafaring people will sail through the narrative like soul mates, but landlubbers might appreciate a glossary of boating terms. The map provides great references and the photo albums heighten the pleasure.
A sample of Smith's fluid writing style: "Jeffrey worked the boat with the skill of a lover. Every movement she made, he watched carefully, to see how she responded to his commands, the light breeze, and the incoming tide."
When the literary boat trip ends, readers might sense an inner torch quicken along with the call to embrace their dreams anew. As for Christine and Jeffrey, the restoration of the David B is just the beginning.
"More Faster Backwards, Rebuilding David B" by Christine Smith won 1st Place in the Adventure/Travel category of the Journey Awards for Narrative Non-fiction, a division of Chanticleer Book Reviews Blue Ribbon Writing Competitions.
I recommend this book for anyone who likes to read an inspiring story of love and hard work...you don't have to be a boat person but you may turn into one.
I found myself wishing I was written into every page. Reading this book was a fun way to feel like I was there too. If the author needs a new crew member, I'm available.
This is a great story, about a dream, about persistence, about small ship cruising to Alaska. Well written, one GREAT map, a group of interesting photographs.
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