by Michael Lloyd
I rarely review novels but this one appeared on my desk and once I started, I couldn’t put it down.
The cruise ship was a dream. A seagoing pleasure city. The passengers came for that dream. The young, the old, the infirm. All were welcome provided they had the money. The crew that served them were also part of the dream. Voyage after voyage she proved that dreams come true and slowly the sea became forgotten. But the sea did not forget the ship. One man tried to warn of the consequences of this forgetfulness but it was too late. He was the past and the ship was the future. Until one cold dark night. When the laughter turned to screams and the unsinkable turned to the unthinkable.
This is a story of a ship that lost her way, of a crew that forgot the sea, those who paid the price and those who learnt about how cruel the sea can be.
The book highlights the different attitudes between the hotel staff and the seafarers. The hotel staff seem to forget that they are on a ship in the middle of the ocean and often bypass standard safety procedures. One would hope that this situation would not happen on a modern cruise ship but, after the Costa Concordia, we must remain alert.
I would highly recommend this book to our readers.
Published by:Witherby Publishing Group 4 Dunlop Square Livingston Edinburgh EH54 8SB Tel: 01506 463227 www.witherbyseamanship.com
Paperback: 210mm x 134mm