Shipwrecked (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
|Length: 33 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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To read Mishka's story not only put it in colour but in High Definition.
I downloaded it at work just before lunch hour and even though people were waiting on me for lunch break, I had to keep reading and couldn't wait to get back to the story.
One thing that I don't care for is when writers write for the sake of writing. I like a good story told by a great story teller. If the author can write a great story without pissing around all day, then I can stick around to the end. I think that Mishka took a great story, a true story, and added the colour and surround sound to turn it into a great 3D experience for the reader.
Good job, I want to say now go out and produce more of these great stories but I am afraid that you may not always survive the research part.
If there would be a way to improve on this story, I feel Mishka underplayed his own act of heroism. I would like that part to bleed on the page a little more. I cannot even imagine what in the world may have been going through his mind as he reached yet another one of the never ending bays that form the Caribbean islands.
This author is destined for greatness which is clearly exhibited not only in his writing but in the display of character and perseverence in his own life as an extraordinary person.
Shubaly is in a state of despair. His best friend died of a heroin overdose, while he was indulging in drinking too much. Blaming himself in a rather difficult situation, he decides to deal with the situation by drinking more and serving as a low-level member of a sailing trip. He messes up (He's not the strongest member of the crew.), almost dies (It's the 'Year of the Shark,'), continues to inebriate himself - but ultimately redeems himself.
After the boat runs aground, Mishka convinces the captain (whose responsibility it should be) that he should go for help. He argues he's younger, stronger, doesn't have Parkinson's (the captain does) or a family, but most memorable - that he's expendable.
Realizing that you're expendable is a mature thing to realize. Most people think they're so important, that they're going to live forever, that their invincible. They deny their very mortality, the very fact that they don't impact the universe very much, the very fact that they're just not that important. This is a huge turning point for Mishka.
Survival is what comes next...one might argue, "It's merely a day," and as I'm currently reading Endurance about Shackleton's journey across Antarctica, and that is months, our world, our society is all about the now, the instant. For example, not having my phone on me for mere hours - chaos. We need everything now. So I think this is HUGE.
Great changes happen, but he ultimately remains the same - because you are always the same inside.
Five people, whose characters aren't even vaguely described, wreck their sailboat on an island one night, but easily get to shore. They spend an uneventful night on the beach, except for all getting drunk on wine they've salvaged. The next morning the self-described alcoholic writer "heroically" insists on going for rescue to town, believed to be about 25 miles away.
He walks the coast without major incident for less than a day, and gets help. Period. No real challenges except that he manages to finish off his ample supply of water in just a few hours, and then weirdly feels the need to drink his own urine. Oh, and the poor guy keeps being plagued by fears of sharks, which has no relevance, since there are no sharks in the story.
The account offers no epiphanies either, other than noting that the incident did nothing to change the writer's alcoholism. So what?
Hopefully, this novella is not representative of the quality of Kindle Singles. Even at $1.99, I feel cheated.
Unfortunately, the writing doesn't quite keep up with the story, which would have benefitted greatly from a good editor. The phrasing is frequently sloppy, the chronology jumps are in places clunky and distracting, and there is so little character development that it is difficult to feel invested in any of the actors.
I hope someday the author will rework the story. It is worth telling, but this reads more like a first draft than a finished, published work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoy this author and will be purchasing all of his amazon singles. I highly recommend his book I Swear I'll Make It Up To You.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Cool experience out in the Caribbean by someone who I can relate to because he is out of his element out there on the water. Loved the party about the circling sharks!Published 3 months ago by Lisa T
This is a great quick read. I first heard about Mishka on the Rich Roll Podcast, I recommend you listen to the interviews if you like this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JC
Thought there was going to be more action. The fishing was the best part. If you got 30 minutes on a beach giver her a goPublished 11 months ago by Erik
Do not read this in bed at night with any hope of going to sleep.
Mishka Shubaly is one of the most relentlessly entertaining writers we have publishing today. Read more
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