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This is a story about murder, piracy, gun running, shipwrecked, stranded individuals, trying to get a ship run aground afloat again while a crazy lunatic fires round after round at them. With thousands of pounds of ammunition aboard and tanks filled with hundreds of gallons of gasoline, if the bullets didn't take them out, the explosion would. It all starts with a down-on-his-luck Captain Ingram being accused of stealing a schooner, or at the very least, casing the schooner for the group of thieves who made off with it. It starts with a rich blonde widow whose first husband is a clever conman. It continues with a search for a stolen vessel in an area with an eight thousand mile radius and with the blonde damsel drinking bottle of rum after bottle of rum, trying to outfox a professional gunman. It's also a passionate romance between what at first appears to be the most unlikely couple.

If that sounds like a good story, it's because it is. Charles Williams was a consummate professional writer who could take any idea and spin it into a tale that you want to hear. While this tale is not as pulpy as many of his other tales, it is some common elements you might find in his other stories including a nautical theme, a conman, desperate down-on-their-luck characters, a blonde who is about as predictable as a meteor shower, and simply a good story to tell.

This is one of several nautical thrillers that Williams wrote. He returned some years later to pen another nautical thriller with some of the same characters, "Dead Calm." This book however comes first chronologically. ( )
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A widow and a charter captain scour the ocean for a stolen yacht When Ingram lands in Miami, he doesn't even have time to finish his bath before the police come knocking. The out-of-work charter captain has just returned from Nassau, where he was looking to buy a boat on behalf of a millionaire. But the day after he toured the seventy-foot Dragoon, his "millionaire" disappeared, and the yacht went with him. Ingram convinces the cops that he was only an unwitting accomplice in stealing the boat, and offers to help recover it for the owner, a beautiful widow with secrets of her own. He only has eight thousand square miles of open ocean to search. Finding the ship is the easy part. Escaping it will be harder, as Ingram finds himself caught in a tangle of lust, smuggling, and murder, surrounded by endless miles of the most beautiful water on earth.… (more)

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