Ghost Sea: A Novel

Ghost Sea: A Novel

by Ferenc Mate


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"It's Joseph Conrad meets Elmore Leonard."—Vancouver Sun

A spellbinding tale of the sea: love, murder, and mysticism: At the turn of the century, a Kwakiutl warrior from British Columbia's wild northern islands raids an artifact collector's yacht to reclaim stolen sacred masks. He takes the collector's wife, Kate, as hostage on his 200-mile canoe voyage home. The collector hires Dugger, a coastal trader living on the edges of the law, to give chase in his ketch with the collector as passenger, but Dugger's financial salvation comes at a terrible price, for he is Kate's secret lover. Day and night Dugger sails the uncharted islands, through raging currents and ship-swallowing whirlpools, and the account of his pursuit is interwoven with Kate's harrowing and erotically charged journey.

Based on a true story, this novel reaches its thrilling climax at the last secret, hallucinatory potlatch of the ancient Kwakiutl culture, where the history of a doomed people is melded with the fury of three hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780920256510
Publisher: Albatross
Publication date: 05/23/2007
Series: Dugger/Nello Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

FERENC MATE was born in Hungary, escaped at the age of eleven, and has lived in Budapest, Vienna, Vancouver, Laguna Beach, New York, Paris and Rome. He is the author of 15 books translated into 14 languages, including New York Times Notable Book A Vineyard in Tuscany and the Dugger/Nello historical sea adventure fiction series. He lives with his family tending their vines and olives in the hills of Tuscany.

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Walter Cronkite

A great read; not only a gripping story but also one of the most dramatic and detailed sailing adventures of all time.

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Ghost Sea 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not since 'Proving Ground' have I found a sailing story quite as gripping. I'll read anything on sailing, from Slocum's and Montessiors round-the-world travels, to this may become one of sailings finer mysteries - carefully weaving a forbidden love story, a young sailors first real boat, into a discovery of one of the fabled Northwest's outlawed pow wows between many of the indigenous first American tribes that still live North of Vancouver. As tightly woven a sailing mystery and discovery of the early Northwest as I've ever come across.
Smiley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cardboard characters in a creaky plot surrounded by wonderful descriptions of the natural world with large doses of anthropological information.
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