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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
Seemingly content with their lives, Dave Chamberlain and Mike "Shep" Shepard are each surprised to find themselves making an agreement with each other, to sail the Pacific Ocean. A large enough endeavor in and of itself, but when you consider they will be making this voyage in a sailboat measuring just twenty feet, one could be excused for thinking “are they insane”? That thought mirrors their own mentality as well when they make final preparations for the task ahead of them. The story is a mix of achievement, frustration, fear and continual contemplation of what lies ahead. Their sailboat, Mini, is assigned the duty of keeping the two men safe. When a major storm overwhelms them; it becomes a life and death struggle. Can Mini stay atop the waves? Will the tiny cabin provide for all their (comfort) needs? Will they manage the long journey without tearing at each other’s throats, when living in such close proximity, for so long? Dave and “Shep” have been friends for a long while. Each man is married with a family. The families yearn for the return of their loved ones. Dave has always loved the water, while “Shep” prefers solid ground beneath his feet. The men hope and pray they make it home. Being a friend is not the same as being totally dependent on another person, in order to stay alive, in circumstances that are completely out of control.
Their planning, personal history and subsequent voyage makes for interesting as well as tense reading. How they overcome their fears and boredom, and then their battle with the elements in order to survive, will keep you reading with eager anticipation. I enjoyed reading this book. Some of the ‘sailor’ terminology were lost on me, but there is plenty to remedy this. As you travel with them you can only imagine how terrible the journey must have been. It was certainly a trip I would not want to take.