The lure of paradise was unmistakable, and Bill Butler was on a quest to find it with his wife Simonne - riding the Pacific currents on their sloop Siboney, with a world of possibilities ahead. But,1200 miles from land, the alluring ocean showed its deadly side when, without warning, a pod of pilot whales attacked their sailboat, battering it until it sank beneath the waves.
The dazed couple was left drifting in midocean in a leaky six-foot raft meant for coastal waters, with only a few hastily grabbed provisions to sustain them. Simonne, who had never truly shared Bill's dream of circumnavigating the globe, blamed him bitterly for their desperate plight.
In this powerful account of their 66-day odyssey, Butler tells a gritty, harrowing tale of their battles against nature, despair, and their own demons. He reveals how he and Simonne found the strength to survive despite the ravages of hunger, storms, and sharks. Based on Butler's faithful log entries, 66 Days Adrift is both a chilling cautionary tale for sailors with big ideas and an inspiring story of love, faith, and survival against long odds.
©2005 William A. Butler (P)2013 New Street Communications, LLC
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"Trouble and strife"
This was an enjoyable story, very tense at times as you'd expect, but with a focus on marital and religious difficulties.
Bill comes across as a slightly bungling character, not your typical survival hero like Shackleton or Callahan, and even believes he can communicate telepathically with his family. When not in the grip of a violent mood swing his wife Simone seems the most level-headed.
Religious folk will probably enjoy the couple's "spiritual journey" in which God "tests their faith" and "delivers them to safety". Bill ruminates on the subject extensively, and in the process is unintentionally amusing. He gives thanks for natural changes in wind direction and proclaims it a miracle that none of the sharks which terrorise the raft by day and night have yet succeeded in eating them.
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