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Posted December 27, 2010
Pacific Odyssey - Lane's Story is a really good read - most interesting. I have learned a lot about things I would never have imagined - like how to fly an aeroplane(!) and sail a small boat. The story is well put together and the tempo increases as it unfolds. The author clearly has a great deal of feeling for people and has a knack of imparting this to the reader. The end chapters show immense care for peoples' feelings and I confess it made me cry now and then. I could wish it was a true story and it would be wonderful. I give it 5 stars without hesitation. Buy it - you won't be sorry! GillieP.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 14, 2010
Professor Francis Douglas writes:- Pacific Odyssey (Paperback).
As an academic I have spent most of my life reading. My reading has included PhD theses and academic articles and books as you would expect. As a former Merchant Navy Officer and keen yachtsman I have also read many books on sailing and the sea and, in addition, my reading has encompassed more popular books. It is in books such as those written by Penny Vincenzi that I can lose myself when tied up in harbour waiting for better weather.
"Pacific Odyssey: Lane's Story," by Michael Harrington, is more in the vein of the latter than the former. I did lose myself in it and couldn't wait to pick it up and continue to read it whenever the opportunity arose. Woven through the story are technical facts about aeroplanes, ships and boats which ring true. The same could be said about the details of the area in which the story is set. It is quite obvious that the author has experienced many of these things at first hand and therefore what you read is quite believable. There is, however, sufficient fiction to set the reader wondering what is "fiction," and what is not, which is always the sign of a "good" book.
My only criticism is the somewhat self deprecating remarks of the author on the back cover. The RAF would never have allowed him to fly their planes unless he was a competent pilot. The boats/yachts that he has owned would have been wrecked if he had not been a competent sailor. His ability as an author, as I have said, is not in question.
This is a book that many should buy and I hope that they will do so. I highly recommend it.
University College, Cork. August 2010.