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In Search of Captain Zero by Allan C. Weisbecker
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Mar 07, 2010

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Surfing, drug-running, high seas adventure. I'f you've never been into surfing, this book probably won't interest you much. The quality of the writing is a bit patchy - downright awful at the beginning. But there are depictions of some very dangerous situations that have a lot of punch, suspence, and humor.

The episode about an ocean rescue during a major storm is a highlight. The narator's arrogance and casual attitude undergo a radical change when reality finally hits and his creaky ship loaded with contraband comes apart after being hit by an enormous rogue wave. When the smugglers are dry and safe after a miraculous rescue, the scruffy narrator turns to the rescue ship's old-school first mate and says:

"I felt blessed, I said, that I hadn't come to a watery end.
To which the salt levelly replied, 'You were in no real danger.'
... 'The man who was born to hang,' he said, 'need not fear the water.'"

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