Hell Around the Horn is a nautical thriller set in the last days of the great age of sail. In 1905, a young ship's captain and his family set sail on the windjammer, Lady Rebecca, from Cardiff, Wales with a cargo of coal bound for Chile, by way of Cape Horn. Before they reach the Southern Ocean, the cargo catches fire, the mate threatens mutiny and one of the crew may be going mad, yet the greatest challenge will prove to be surviving the vicious westerly winds and mountainous seas of the worst Cape Horn winter in memory. Based on an actual voyage, Hell Around the Horn is a story of survival and the human spirit against overwhelming odds.
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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 Carol Lester
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.