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In a riveting tale of suspense and terror on the high seas, Bram Stoker Award nominee Jonathan Moore pits human beings against nature—and something far deadlier: one another.   Kelly Pratihari-Reid and her husband sail their yacht into Antarctic waters, thinking their gravest concerns will be ice and storms—and their cracked marriage. A British girl shrieking across a shorIn a riveting tale of suspense and terror on the high seas, Bram Stoker Award nominee Jonathan Moore pits human beings against nature—and something far deadlier: one another.   Kelly Pratihari-Reid and her husband sail their yacht into Antarctic waters, thinking their gravest concerns will be ice and storms—and their cracked marriage. A British girl shrieking across a short-range VHF frequency ends that illusion. It’s coming, she screams. It saw us and it’s coming back! Her voice is drowned by a tide of signal-jamming static, and Kelly sees a target on the radar screen: A ship is coming for them.   Thus begins an unforgettable cat-and-mouse game across stormy polar seas and dire landfalls. Kelly’s pursuers will test her to the limits of her endurance—and beyond. For the ship in her wake is crewed by pirates, with a young leader trained to use the most sadistic tortures in pursuit of his ultimate objective . . . a goal as shocking as it is horrific.Praise for Close Reach  “This is the kind of horror that will make your heart race.”—  “Mind-blowing . . . I started reading it and didn’t stop till I finished.”—Cabin Goddess  “A visceral edge-of-the-seat roller coaster ride.”—The Novel Pursuit  “A book that will appeal to sailing enthusiasts, horror enthusiasts or both!”—To Read or Not to Read Is Not a Question  “Pure adrenaline . . . definitely recommended for fans of dark thrillers.”—Pamelibrarian“Set on the icy polar seas, bristling with suspense, Jonathan Moore’s Close Reach is as horrifying and claustrophobic as any haunted house story. The plot pitches and yaws with twist after twist, and by midpoint the reader is a goner. Leave the lights on, lock the doors, feed the cats, this is an irresistible page-turner of the first order. Highly recommended!”—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor, Part Two and author of The Sinking of the Eastland“Readers will need their sea legs for this hugely enjoyable, roller-coaster voyage of a novel. Close Reach is a brutal tale of redemption and revenge with a heroine to root for at every shocking twist and turn. Jonathan Moore’s writing is as rich as it is raw and thrilling—and storms along at a breakneck pace that will leave you gasping for air.”—Frazer Lee, Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of The Lamplighters, Panic Button, and The Jack in the Green...

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  • Kemper
    2019-03-29 02:41

    This is yet another story that confirms my firm belief that nothing good ever happens on a boat. The movies and TV alone provide an endless list of real and fictional disasters like Jaws, The Poseidon Adventure, Titanic, A Perfect Storm, All Is Lost, Dead Calm, Captain Phillips, that episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia where the gang buys a boat and Dennis makes a chilling explanation of the ‘implications’ when sailing with a lady, that other episode of Sunny when the gang goes on a cruise and everything goes horribly wrong.... Damn. I didn’t realize Sunny had two episodes about boats…Maybe three if you count the time that Frank hijacks the tourist boat to get to the movies…Where was I? Oh, yeah. Boats. You can keep ‘em.But some people actually are foolish enough to leave land. Like Kelly and Dean, a couple who have spent a year going around the world on their sailboat Freefall in an effort to save their marriage. Their relationship is on the mend as they’re cruising near Antarctica when they hear a frantic radio call from someone in trouble, and the signal is quickly jammed. They try to find the source of the transmission but have no luck. As they head to South America the radar tells them that a ship is following them, and it’s getting closer.I’ve become a big fan of Jonathan Moore lately thanks to the excellent trilogy he wrote in which each book had its own particular style. The Poison Artist was moody psychological suspense, The Dark Room had a whodunit mystery vibe, and The Night Market was a near-future sci-fi conspiracy thriller. In the tight 200 pages of Close Reach Moore shows that he can do yet another genre that is equal parts survival-at-sea and horror. It’s a terrifying story that works in large part due to the detail work Moore put in to make even a landlubber like me understand how the boat functions and what being on your own in a remote part of the ocean is really like. The tension ramps up to nail biting levels as Kelly and Dean try to fight their way through an on-coming storm while the mysterious boat gains on them. I don’t want to spoil the twists and turns of the story, but suffice it say that when the confrontation comes a whole ugly level of hell is unleashed. Fair warning that this is a dark and brutal story that has blunt and graphic descriptions of all kinds of harm that people can inflict on one another. It made me wince and squirm at several points, but Moore’s skill and pacing keep it from sinking down to the level of torture porn.The frank nature of the violence isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you’re up for it then you’ll get a fantastically gruesome tale that’ll make you practically taste the salt of the cold ocean spraying across your face.

  • Trudi
    2019-04-13 00:38

    It's been so long since I've actually reviewed a book that I'm feeling a lot rusty, but this little terror of a gem is so gripping and so good that I felt I had to write something. This one is a Kemper rec -- and we all know what a persnickety pants he is -- so that alone should put this tightly written 200 page nightmare high on your TBR radar. As Kemper points out in his review -- this book isn't going to be for everyone. It contains graphic -- and readers, I do mean graphic -- depictions of violence. Jonathan Moore is a talented writer (his skills on full display here) and his vivid, descriptive prose will grab you by the throat and you will SEE EVERYTHING in your mind's eye unfold in full, unrelenting technicolor. The suspense and tension are almost unbearable at times, both exquisite and excruciating. It's an often overused compliment of any decent thriller to refer to it is as a "page-turner", or a "nail-biter" or as "unputdownable". But sweet jebus people, if ever a book qualified as being any of these, it's this one. Despite its lean 200 page length that's jam-packed with details about the logistics of sailing the perilous high seas, Moore still manages to find room for a shit ton of nerve-wracking action sequences, and to make us deeply care about our main protagonists -- married couple Kelly and Dean. He will put our intrepid heroes through A LOT, and you will go through all of it with them.

  • Marvin
    2019-04-04 01:23

    Close Reach by Jonathan Moore is what might be called a mini-surprise. It's a brief 200 pages that start out as a chase thriller staged over the Antarctic seas. I expected to be entertained but I didn't expect such a visceral edge-of--the-seat roller coaster ride. Kelly Pratihari-Reid and her husband are in their yacht off the Antarctic coast. Kelly receives a distress call from a terrified British woman. "They're Coming!". Who "They" are is not yet known but in an isolated area where satellite radios and all other communication devices are being jammed, they don't want to know. A thrilling chase begins, At first I was a little disoriented with the sea faring terms and maneuvers. I'm a certified land hugger. Yet that was not enough to thwart the excitement of the chase. Yet soon the story become a tale of harrowing survival on and off the sea. The author creates a group of unmerciful sociopaths villains with a terrifying motive and our luckless couple soon find out that this is not just a case of piracy. In the second half, there are some very brutal scenes that may scare off the more squeamish yet nothing in this book could be called gratuitous. It is brutal but necessary to elicit the overall sense of terror and urgency. Frankly, if I was a film maker I would be banging on the author's door demanding the rights to this very visual and visceral tale of adventure. This is a nautical adventure tale that will give you a sleepless night or two.

  • Christine Kling
    2019-04-20 00:33

    As a sailor myself, I appreciate finding a thriller with a sailing theme wherein the author gets it all right. I came to a point in reading this novel when I simply had to put the book down for several days because it terrified me. I have been there at sea when a boat appeared to be stalking us, and I know first hand just how alone you are. Of course, I did finally have to pick the book up again because the author had hooked me so with his characters, I had to see how it ended.Well done, Jonathan Moore. I have recommended this book to a number of my sailing friends. Hang on, I told them, and be prepared for a wild ride.

  • Kaora
    2019-03-24 23:14

    This is probably closer to 2.5 stars.I'm not quite sure why I keep picking up books on survival in the ocean, when I myself am terrified of it. I will never go on a cruise for this reason, and this book probably added to reasons why a sea journey is not for me.Kelly and her husband, Dean go on a trip sailing into antarctic waters in an effort to rejuvenate their marriage. After receiving a disturbing transmission from another ship in distress that cuts off abruptly, they discover that they are the next ones in line in the game of cat and mouse. The book was a quick read that I struggled to get into, but soon found myself quickly flipping pages. The story of survival and how far you would go to protect your love ones was a bit disturbing, as well as some of the bloodier scenes in this book.Kelly however, proves herself to be smart and resourceful, and while I didn't really connect with her as a character and as a result didn't invest completely in the story, I did enjoy that the bravery she displayed and her cunning.My main issue is with the ending being a bit abrupt and I felt could have included a bit more details to make me feel like the story was complete.However it is a short read that may be worth picking up if you are looking for a thrilling story, with a side of gore.Cross posted at Kaora's Corner

  • Erin
    2019-03-27 03:43

    ARC for review.Rollicking (what a great word. I must use it more.), fast-paced horror/thriller. Physician Kelly is on a three year(?) around the world sailing trip with husband Dean and even before the insanity begins to occur the whole thing sounds like a nightmare. Combine the nausea induced by constantly rolling seas along with unending chill and wetness, plus no company but each other? It does NOT sound like the ideal situation in which to heal your wounded marriage, but is a perfect reason to never leave land again, lest your life turn into a mash up of "Dead Calm" and "All is Lost" with a soupcon of "Gilligan's Island" for flavor. And that's before the crazies show up. However, the story is certainly a page-turner and I liked Kelly (resourceful yet not perfect). I also liked the fact that her Indian background was touched on, but not really significant. While there were parts that didn't ring true ((view spoiler)[the pirates need Lena to be incredibly healthy so the LAST thing(s) they are going to do would be rape/starve/freeze or otherwise injure her and Dean's actions at the end? He was so smart and capable you would think he would know better. (hide spoiler)]) but I tore through it and some of the imagery was great ((view spoiler)[I won't be getting the image of the cages on the deck out of my mind any time soon (hide spoiler)]). Recommended for sailing enthusiasts who don't mind some dark fiction.

  • Puddlyduck
    2019-04-05 00:23

    Disclaimer: thank you netgalley and Random House for supplying me with a copy of this book.Close Reach is a dark, chilling thriller about increasingly desperate encounters on the cold waters of Antarctica. I sailed... ahem... through this book in one night.! Moore has created a page turner that is equally gritty and gory, yet the couple's inner strength is this story's true driving force.I have to admit that this book was nearly a did-not-finish for me, and I did skim the last sections to find out Kelly's fate. I know a lot of readers, with stronger stomachs than I, that will appreciate this stomach churning (and I'm not talking sea sickness!) read.2.5 stars

  • Gregory Lamb
    2019-04-12 02:36

    Violence and Macabre on the High SeasWhen I seek out fiction with an adventurous sailing theme, I usually don’t expect to discover a nautical version of Steven King’s “Misery.” As a connoisseur of sailing adventures, I was attracted Moore’s latest and looked forward to reading an adventure taking place on sunny shores with a bit of mystery/thriller thrown in for entertainment. Instead, I was surprised by the dark tug that “Close Reach” achieved in the first passage of this heavy on plot and light on character development piece of fast paced fiction. Without giving away the fun of discovering “what happens next,” I’ll only share the opener and a couple of plot elements to nibble on if you dare to dive into the darkness of the violence people seem to be able to inflict on one another in the interest of personal gain. Instead of a turquoise glow of translucence reflecting on the sugar white sands of an atoll in the tropics where a yachting couple might venture with their 70’ offshore performance/cruising cutter, Kelly and her husband Dean are anchored in a cove in the shelter of an island off the Antarctic peninsula when they hear a distress call over the yacht’s VHF, transmitted from another vessel, followed by the disturbing sounds of heavy metal goth music. What comes next is the equivalent of a modern day cinematic chase scene, played out in 40 foot seas matched equally by a wind velocity of 40 peaking to something more in knots. The result? You’ll want to read this one for yourself.The questions that interrupted my imagination while reading this story centered on the idea of violence begets violence, or “it is either you or me.” These are the things you’ll be thinking when you ask yourself just what would it take for a physician to violate their Hippocratic oath in the interest of survival?…then maybe, when does survival become vengeance?I wouldn’t suggest this novel to anyone faint of heart or in anyway squeamish about violence on every level ranging from rape to torture, and outright callous murder. Moore knows his sailing and all that encompasses the description of the drama that can ensue when running in a storm. He presents the action well without getting bogged down in technical details. If he’s not entirely familiar with medicine and surgery, he had me fooled. Take this one on your next cross country flight and you’ll feel a need for a breath of air at the end. It is a fast paced read that will leave you breathless and maybe even land bound.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-04 05:36

    When I started out reading this I wasn't so sure I was going to like this. This is defiantly one of those books that you should continue to read because it got better as time went on. The beginning is full of boat and sailing terms. Although I spent quite a bit of my youth on the water I still don't know the bow from my butt. My stepfather would yell, "Porgies on the bow", every time he hooked a fish. It didn't matter where he was on the boat or if he was on land he would still yell it. Now you understand why I can't tell you the bow from my buttock. Anyhoo...Dean and Kelly are sailing on their yacht somewhere off the coast of Chile in the Antarctica Ocean when they hear a call for help come over the radio. As quickly as it began, it goes away. They find out that the help call came from some friends of theirs that were also sailing somewhere in the vicinity. They go to find the boat and come to find out that the people who sent out the call have been kidnapped by Pirates. The man is dead and the woman, Lena has been thrown into a crab cage naked with just a blanket. Kelly and Dean fight with the men, but eventually they are defeated and captured. Thus begins Kelly and Dean's fight for survival. Kelly soon learns that she must fight for Dean and Lena's survival as well as her own since both are incapacitated. Once Kelly gets the upper hand she finds herself doing things that she never knew she could or was capable of doing. At one point in the book she mentions about crossing a line and not coming back from it. This is what Kelly must do to survive.Close Reach is wonderfully written with a twist that uncovers why these men are doing what they are doing that you would never guess.

  • Pat
    2019-03-27 00:30

    A fairly short book but there is nothing sweet about it. This was harrowing. Pirates are not something you expect to see in Antarctic waters but that is exactly what Kelly and Dean encounter.Following a thwarted bid to escape pirates in the icy southern waters, their sophisticated yacht is captured and they become prisoners of the pirates. They find they are not the only ones. In fact some of the victims have been specifically targeted.Things are not looking good but Kelly fights back. Like a one woman army she fights to save her husband and a woman, Lena, that she shares a cage with and for whom a horrible fate awaits. Yes its pretty gruesome. Some reviewers have posed the question of how far you would go to survive. Are you kidding? What have you got to lose? I say go for it. Kelly kicks arse but is her one woman rampage going to be enough?You will want to read this in one sitting (short - remember?). It is quite the page-turner and would have rated higher except that the negatives for me were mainly the lack of character development. We learn very little about Kelly and Dean and even less about Lena. We learn almost nothing about the pirates and what motivates them, where they are from etc. It would make a scarily good action movie though. Think Captain Phillips (you know the Tom Hanks pirate movie based on real events - I think) on steroids and uppers!

  • Liam
    2019-04-06 00:28

    You have to have a pretty sick mind to actually enjoy this book due to the nature of the cruel antagonists and level of violence..... I loved it! Some parts were very disturbing and also frustrating as the main characters did absolutely nothing to deserve such treatment from the dastardly Chilean sea pirates. However, once you see the slightest glimmer of hope and a hint at possible revenge for our hapless victims then the book really kicks into gear. It doesn't feel so much like a voyeuristic view into the world of sadists anymore. The book actually develops a main character that can kick some ass who doesn't tend to lean too much on a self righteous path and is genuinely after some good old fashioned bloody revenge! A quick read that is tense, horrific at times, sad, satisfying and over all a good blood splattered story. I'd lean more on a 3.5/5 or 7/10. I will definitely be checking out more of the authors work.

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-02 02:44 I'm really not into boats or sailing. This looked interesting so I thought I would give it a try.I'm glad I did. Kelly, Dean & Lena...The 3 most important characters. Who lives & who dies? Kelly & Dean have been on a long sailing trip trying to repair their marriage. So far it has been working. From their radio they pick up a message from an intensely terrified young girl. And then nothing. They can't notify any authorities as their signals have been blocked. What's worse...someone is following them. And getting closer every minute.Lots of action & terror in this book. These men are evil. They are after Dean & Kelley for a specific reason. And they catch them. There was a lot of sailing jargon I didn't understand but it took nothing away from the storyline. Let's just sat I'm proud of Kelly...a wonderful heroine...😉

  • Anita Herrington
    2019-03-25 23:34

    I really enjoyed this book - I do like sailing/ocean books and didn't mind the sometimes detailed boating descriptions. I was surprised how the male author made his female heroine so intelligent and sailing savvy and how he understood (for the most part) her female feelings. I loved how tough she was and totally agreed with how brutal she could be in retaliation and for survival. An eye for an eye. I did have a twinge of sympathy for the one who had shown her a soft/weak spot but knew that she had done the right thing in the long run. She was a "Ninja" and the ending was wrapped up quickly and in a satisfying manner.

  • Carol Veilleux
    2019-04-16 06:43

    The best book I've read in a long while .An avid reader, I complete 2 to 5 books every week. This is by far the best book I have read in a long time. The storyline, the attention to detail, the colorful descriptions, all were well done and well put together in a very engrossing plot. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great adventure fiction.

  • Deborah Ross
    2019-04-06 23:40

    Riveting heart pounding book. I could not lay it down. The excitement just kept goingThis is an adventurous book. I think anyone who reads it will be caught up in the story, right from the start. It has been a long time since I read a book in one sitting. This book will grab you from the start, and you will vividly feel you are right there with the characters.

  • Maxim Chernykh
    2019-04-02 07:37

    Sea pirates, one strong woman, few senseless deaths, mild exploitation and abundance of sails (yachtsmen’re gonna love it). “Close Reach” is pulpy, lukewarm, somewhat withdrawn story of pain and vengeance, a mindless popcorn read to kill your precious time, that evaporates from memory as soon as you turn the next page.

  • Lisa Gibson
    2019-04-01 05:29

    A departure from my favorite author. A departure from Mr. Moore's usual writing but gripping and bone chilling none the less. The heroine of the book continually amazed me with her strength and fortitude. Don't miss this one .

  • Bob Keeney
    2019-04-04 06:17

    Very Gritty Sailing Story!Written like a screenplay- a gruesome sea story that grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go. Not the happiest ending, but if you like revenge tales, very satisfying. You really feel as if you are in the stormy Southern Sea.

  • Dorianne Swift
    2019-04-17 01:34

    Captivating read!This is a very different book for me but it caught my attention quickly and wouldn't let go until I had finished! Lots of plot twists and physical and psychological interplay amidst the descriptive narrative.

  • Beckerj58
    2019-04-25 05:16

    I’m pretty stingy with my 5 star ratings but this was a thriller!

  • Nancy
    2019-04-14 05:33

    I thought I would like this. It sounded exciting and intriguing. But, way too dark for me! I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters.

  • Carol
    2019-04-02 05:33

    It's not the type of book I usually read, but it was definitely a page turner that had me in its grip all the way through. Scary and disgusting, horrifying, and disturbing. And enthralling.

  • Thor Larsen
    2019-04-22 02:40

    Udemærket hurtiglæst tempofyldt spændingsbog med simpelt koncept. Sidste halvdel er ikke så skarp som første, men jeg ville gerne vide hvad der skete...

  • Damon Henrichs
    2019-04-05 01:37

    Great little page turner. It got a little too "Rombo-esque" for my taste towards the end, but an enjoyable thriller.

  • Alice Lewis
    2019-04-06 01:15

    This book has it allSuspense, love and a harrowing battle for your life. I couldn't put it down. It's true there is nothing like a woman with nothing left.

  • Mel
    2019-04-15 07:38

    It isn’t terrible. It’s a fast read; an airport thriller with a daft ending. Not much else to say about it really.

  • Susan Kidwell
    2019-04-17 07:41

    Great BookThis book is very well written an extremely satisfying and keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

  • Dave
    2019-04-10 03:24

    Shortish read, it could have spread out to 400 pages and it would still have been a top read. Not for the squeamish

  • Michael Hicks
    2019-04-08 03:28

    (This review is based on a copy of the book obtained from the publisher through NetGalley.)Sailing the open waters of Antarctica can be a lonely gambit. Most pleasure seekers keep to the warmer climates, so finding other boats nearby can be rare. Desolate waters, untrafficked and unpoliced, are the perfect recipe for terror.While sailing with her husband Dean, Kelly hears a distress call come through the boat’s radio – a terrified young woman screaming “It’s coming!” Then, death metal music clogs the airwaves and Kelly notices a new boat appear on their radar, following them. In short order, a beat-up, stained, rusted-out fishing trawler catches up with them and they see a naked corpse dangling from the side of the ship, and a man armed with a harpoon on-deck. So sets the stage of a frantic, visceral game of cat-and-mouse.I’m a fan of the horror genre, and there are two particular sub-genres that really pique my interest – maritime horror, where the scares are built around the open sea and set aboard some type of boating vessel, and arctic horror, where the freezing climes are every bit as dangerous as the monster stalking its prey (Dead Calm and The Thing, respectively, are terrific cinematic examples of these particular horror genres, in my opinion). When I learned about Close Reach, deciding to give it a read was a total no-brainer.The opening chapters combine the tension of the unknown looming threat with a bit of technical sophistication on sailing. Jonathan Moore is a sailor himself, and he’s able to make the expository ins-and-outs of this craft readable by tying it seamlessly into the story and avoiding huge infodumps. While there’s a lot of boating and sailing jargon throughout, I never found it obtrusive or distracting. Once things get going, though, the story really pumps into overdrive and Moore proves to be a virtuoso.His monsters are entirely human, completely unsympathetic, and far too real for my liking. They’re violent, methodical, and an almost always dangerous force. While not omnipotent, each appearance these pirates make is a finely crafted study in tension and makes Close Reach a white-knuckle suspense thriller. Their proficiency in torture and amoral baseness is utterly cringe-inducing. I was gripping my Kindle pretty hard and am thankful the device didn’t snap in two as I went from page-to-page.That’s another testament to Moore’s ability to tell a story like this. I usually see the term “grimdark” in relation to epic fantasy books, like George R.R. Martin or Joe Abercrombie, but it is more than applicable here. Close Reach is unrelentingly dark and brutal, and I found myself wincing a few times at the escalation of violence and abuse. The subject matter and tone is oppressive, almost claustrophobic, but damn compelling.If there’s one knock against the book, it’s that the villains, after having been built up so well in the preceding, seem too easily dispatched during the book’s climax. This is only a slight flaw, however, and the work as a whole is strong enough for me to forgive this minor lapse. Moore makes up for it with a methodical, nerve-jangling finale that truly tugs on the heartstrings in more ways than one.

  • Vanessa Delamare
    2019-03-28 05:36

    One thing is for sure, this book has almost nipped in the bud my desires to leave one day one a cruise on my yacht - what with icy storms, pirates and other mishaps - what has totally nipped it is my distinct lack of a boat...I am not a pro at navigation but the author and yes it shows (or rather read). The terms are technical but not in I-explains-everything-so-well-it's-becoming-bloody-boring kind of style. Kelly and her husband - Dean - make a long cruise and we sail with them, at the same time. Navigation maneuvers are present to describe the action of the protagonists and it's well done. Sailing enthusiasts will be delighted with this book because they can very easily imagine themselves on Freefall, the boat designed by Dean. Similarly, some more medical scenes are very well described and in a professional manner. The author has clearly enquired which gives an impression of professionalism that I like in novels (I don't like when an author is trying to make me believe that impossible things are real!) (it's just a case of "C'mon! that can't even exist")Regarding the characters, I can not say too much as not to reveal the book but they are very well written. The pirates are detestable to wish and I enjoyed every problem they encountered (mwahaha). The pirates' victims are moving and we feel the horror of their situation. Dean is the good guy, always ready to help others at the risk of his life but rather subdued in the novel. As for Kelly, she is focused, efficient and her past allows her not only to be combative but also to be strong and resourceful.As for the story, it changes constantly in a creepy game of cat and mouse. The beginning focuses on the pursuit and the collision at sea and, despite (or rather because of) the technical terms, I found it very well done. There was not a moment to stop and I really saw myself on the boat. Once the collision happened, the story takes place on land and Kelly will discover the pirates' purpose. A purpose she'll do everything to destroy. Some scenes are very hard and graphic and can bother some people but honestly, they serve to show the horror of the situation and in that, they are excellent (one should not forget Moore's nomination to the Bram Stoker price!) (it gives one an idea of his talent for horror) (you have been warned!)In a nutshellAn excellent novel, technical and well done, a big bunch of horror, a plausible story (yes, pirates do exist...) A book that will appeal to sailing enthusiasts, horror enthusiasts or both! It's a 4/5 for me.Warning: An e- galley of this title was provided to me by the publisher. No review has been promised and chronic above is an unbiased review of the novel.(Originally posted at