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Posted March 31, 2013
I just finished "Hell Around The Horn" and cannot believe how riveting it became within the first few pages.
I often think about how complicated our world has become and how dependent we are upon the mechanical, electronic and other modern engineering inventions we now depend on every day. I cannot even imagine the intelligence, bravery, intuition, memory and sheer grit it took to be a crew member or officer on one of these beautiful ships. I think that The WFC/Colgate Ferry and South Street Seaport/Staten Island Ferries should consider switching to tall sailed ships instead of fume spewing current boats. We could re enliven the sailing trade and Rick Spilman could teach the kids and crews how to handle the sails, the winds, a Captain, sailing songs and guiding by the slant of the sun or the set of the stars
Posted March 15, 2013
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Hell Around the Horn was a exhilarating reading experience, the disasters encountered on this terrible voyage left me wondering just how the Captain and crew would ever survive. But survive they did, with so much fortitude and courage that seemed beyond human endurance. Rick did a masterful job of allowing us in on the thoughts and feelings of both Apprentice Will and Captain Barker coming of course from different perspectives. Mr. Rand proved to be both a surprise and a puzzle. Hopefully, Rick has another book in the works. I am eager to read his new short story.