Incredible Tales of the Sea: Twelve Classic Sailing Stories

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Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat, round the Horn in a blinding storm, begin viewing a crewmate as their next possible meal, or sail uncharted seas on the edge of the abyss. But it's quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into a favorite chair. Many sailors have persevered in the face of travails that would have given even Job pause. Their stoic accounts are stronger and more dramatic for their total lack of affectation, their frankness, and their lack of ego. The fifteen gripping stories in Incredible Tales of the Sea are custom made for the imaginative reader who seeks adventure in a more controlled environment, safe and warm, and well fed. The oceans of the world have provided both setting and inspiration for each of these unique stories. Each tale has stood the test of time, each has endured, because each is a masterful portrayal of life and death and suspense afloat.

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Twelve stunning stories that have stood the test of time.
Why are sea stories so enduringly popular? Why is it, more than perhaps any other genre, tales of the sea are so appealing to so many readers? There is the adventure, of course, and the vicarious thrill of taking on the Horn or battling attacking pirates or surviving great privation from the comfort of one's dry and warm living room. Reading the stories in this volume is eminently safer than actually participating in similar adventures. But that's the magic of it: pick up a book and transport yourself to William Bligh's boat or Robinson Crusoe's island. Put the book down and tackle real life for a while. It's instant adventure with no hassles. Return trips at no extra charge.

Robert Louis Stevenson o Daniel Defoe
Douglas Wilson Johnson o Victor Hugo o William Bligh
Homer o Herman Melville o Jules Verne o Jón Trausti
Richard Hakluyt o Charles Dickens

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Tom McCarthy grew up on the Great Lakes. His love of sailing and the ocean is the driving force behind this collection of stories. He lives in Chester, Connecticut, with his wife and two daughters.

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