The third in William McCloskey’s trilogy of novels featuring the well-beloved Highliners and Breakers, Raiders picks up Hank Crawford’s story where those left off. Plunging us into the icy waters off the coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska, Aaron Abano’s vigorous performance evokes the life of a commercial fisherman. Veering from raw emotion to visceral detail, Abano’s rugged voice evokes McCloskey’s story of the death of Hank’s best friend, his wife’s desire to captain her own ship, and a new contract with the Japanese. This unique and truly believable audiobook is a breathless adventure for any listener.
Here the third story in McCloskey’s thrilling saga of the Alaskan fishermen. Twenty years after his greenhorn days in William McCloskey’s bestselling novel, Highliners, Hank Crawford stands tall as a respected fishing captain in Kodiak, Alaska. Set amongst the tumult of the early 1980s, Raiders follows the struggles of the Alaskan fishermen as they regain control of their fishing grounds from the fleets of foreign companies who have been plundering their bays. But such companies aren’t deterred, and instead they contract American boats to catch the fish for them. In order to keep his family afloat, he swears, Hank signs on with a Japanese firm. Shunned as a traitor by his peers, Hank keeps on fishing. Their disgust and his tainted ethics will all be worth it for the chance to keep on fishing.
But when Hank begins to suspect that his new employers are playing a political game - and using him as the pawn - he must confront the possibility that in order to find redemption, he’ll have to sacrifice all he has.
In this masterful finale to the Highliners series, McCloskey takes on the all-too-real horrors of the seafaring life: storms that can sink a ship, giant fish that can snap a man’s arm. For anyone in love with the Alaskan backdrop, the feel of hauling in fish, or traveling the ever-changing sea, Raiders is a story to read, cherish, and never forget.
The reader does not pronounce the place names accurately in any of this series. As a lifelong Alaskan who grew up as part of this world and during this time, it is really annoying. The story is worth it, though.