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  • A Sea Shanty

    A Sea Shanty One cannot look at a collaboration with a legend in quite the same manner as a co-written book. In the first place, the original author's contribution is now static, limited to what was already written plus any notes; and in the second the voice must of necessity change, no matter how slightly, to one informed by current events, slang, politics, political correctness and any number of nuances simply not present at the time the original work was started. Nonetheless, the concept for the novel remains a relevant kernel around which to create, so my approach to reading and enjoying it was for its own sake and on its own merits. All that said, this is an intriguing story told from a number of points of view and skipping back and forth in time to some extent. I found that a bit confusing at first but quickly caught on that the background of each protagonist was being presented so as to put his actions in proper context. The feel and style of earlier novelists was sufficiently consistent and seamless that I was swept rapidly into noir nostalgia and the various tales being interwoven into the shipboard community. Son Beau has done a credible job of preserving and enhancing father Louis' works and reputation as we travel across the sea with the crew and cargo of the SS Lichenfield. This is a solid adventure!

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  • Cremen Logs

    Sailors on the S.S. Lichenfield filled with Naphtha. Story chapters told by different crewmen left the book dis-joined and so lacked flow. This did not really hold my interest but for fans of the sea and the time period 1939 will like it. "A copy of this book was provided by Random House via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

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