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Coasting
     

Coasting

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by David Andrews
 

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Coasting:(1) to sail along, or near, the coast between ports in the same country; (2) to roll along without effort, freewheel, usually downhill; and (3) (colloquial) to just let things happen.Her voyage on the Kooyonga brings Julie to the attention of two men, an ambitious drug dealer and the ship's Second Engineer.Both will claim her and she must choose which one

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Coasting:(1) to sail along, or near, the coast between ports in the same country; (2) to roll along without effort, freewheel, usually downhill; and (3) (colloquial) to just let things happen.Her voyage on the Kooyonga brings Julie to the attention of two men, an ambitious drug dealer and the ship's Second Engineer.Both will claim her and she must choose which one succeeds.

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ISBN-13:
9781615727308
Publisher:
Caliburn Press, LLC
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Coasting 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JeffreyAaronMiller More than 1 year ago
First off, let me say this book does a great job of creating a very specific time and place. It's set on a ship in Australia during the 70s, and the author clearly knows a lot about the subject. Much like, say, Tom Clancy, he peppers the story throughout with details that made the setting feel authentic to me. Some people might find that the depth of information is too much, but it worked for me. It did take me a couple of chapters to really get into it, but once it picks up, it held my interest to the end. It is primarily the story of a young woman named Julie and the interesting, sometimes shady characters she meets on board. I definitely enjoyed it. I came to care about the characters, and the last few chapters really flew by.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Romantic Thriller. Two girl dancers, Julie and Terri, set off on a ‘ringbolt trip’ as informal passengers on a cargo ship travelling along the Southeast coast of Australia. Their objective is to spend time having fun while waiting for dancing work to become available. On board they meet Doug, the serious Second Engineer; Les, the Seaman’s Union representative, and the obnoxious drunk, MacDonald. Each man will play a crucial role in the story and the girls’ lives. Add smuggling, murder and a drug baron who controls Terri and is determined to enslave Julie, and the scene is set for an exciting story of action, jeopardy, and romance. I found the two main backgrounds: of Australian coastal shipping at a time of transition; and of the night club dancer, fascinating. Both are populated by men and women who work hard and play harder. What happened to the principal players was important to me, and I enjoyed discovering what happened next. David Andrews clearly cares for his characters and has knowledge and experience of the worlds he portrays.
JannyB More than 1 year ago
This unusual novel is set within the rugged male-dominated world of the Australian Coastal ships in the mid-1970s. Yet the story centers on Julie, a sheltered young woman, and much of it is told from her POV. After her father's death, Julie leaves university to become a dancer and becomes estranged from her mother by this decision. Unable to find a dancing job right away, she befriends another dancer whose boyfriend and his friend work on a coastal ship. While awaiting the next audition, the girls are smuggled onboard the ship for a trip along the coast. Julie's experiences at sea and with the people she meets, including drug users/dealers and some new friends, make this a virtual coming of age story. Her life changes, replete with both despair and personal triumphs. Some of the Australian ship-related terminology went over my head, but I certainly picked up the flavor of the seafaring life. Watching Julie cope with this new world made a solid reading experience. The book starts slowly and gradually builds, bringing you to the last few chapters that will keep you turning the pages until you're finished. Definitely a recommended read!