This is my favorite sea story, because it captures so well the feel of a tramp steamer and it's supersticious crew, in the wake of a terrrible storm, and the underlying story, sealing the fate of the Mary Deare, culminating in a well told court room drama. A great mixture of adventure and drama masterfully told by the master, Hammond Innes.
The first encounter at the very start of the book, has you gripped right away, which continues to build through part one.
Higgins, the first mate. A great voice! Hard to believe it's Bill's voice, perfect for the character.
The book was made into a film with Charlton Heston as Sands, and Gary Cooper as Captain patch. It is a classic called, aptly, "The Wreck of the Mary Deare". Although not following exactly the same as the book, it is still a well done Movie, a classic old movie well worth seeing. I actually saw the movie first, and had to read the book. Neither disappointed me.
Mrs Pollifax is a delightful, funny, learned, surprisingly tough, and innocent character, loved it from the very start. Makes you think, what would it be like if I did that.
Barbra Rosenblat is an incredible reader, one of the best there is. If you go through each Mrs Polifax book in order, you will find characters appearing from earlier books, with the same voices and character. You will feel you know them. You're in on the adventure with her!
This book made me laugh, clap my hands yelling, "I love it!" over and over.
A heck of a lot of fun!
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