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Voyage to the North Star: A Novel
An old-fashioned adventure yarn...[Nichols's] story pulses with action that is given an extra measure of verisimilitude by his deep knowledge of boats and the sea and the watery landscapes of the Far North. - Richard Bernstein, New York Times. As harrowing as a tale by Jack London, its vision as haunting as Joseph Conrad's, this masterful novel of maritime adventure ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 13th 2000 by Carroll & Graf
(first published October 1999)
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This is fiction, so Nichols could have made it so good. He wasn't stuck with an actual event or dealing with actual personalities. He's a decent writer and knows boating so well. The book got off to a pretty good start with an interesting premise, but then the plot went way off track and <<(view spoiler)[>> main characters were killed off in bizarre events. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
Nicely written novel. Peter Nichols knows the sea and boats. This was a real page-turner. The ending was a bit hard to take--but is definitely plausible. In other words, it is not the outcome we wanted. Basically the buffoons got away and the best of the lot died miserably.