The Surfman

The Surfman

by David M. Schroeder


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Late 19th century, the Delaware coast. The Civil War is over, but slavery has not died. Heiress Elizabeth Harrison leaps from a slave ship where she has been held captive. Jack Light, a surfman with the Lifesaving Service, pulls her to safety and at her insistence hides her until she can return to her home. But LeFrank, the captain of the ship, is bent on selling her to gain control of her fortune. Until now violent storms were all Jack had to fear, but he finds that human will, for good or ill, is stronger than the oceans of the world. He betrays the trust by which he lives to do what he thinks is right. Elizabeth has spent her life in study and refinement, but like Jack now finds herself, an innocent, in a world where men will do anything to get what they want. There are startling revelations, intensely dramatic passages, and we meet Jack's service mates, children from orphan trains, lawmen and miscreants. The surfman lives in Winslow Homer's paintings and history books, but he is hidden in fiction.

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ISBN-13: 9781300509127
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

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The Surfman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just plain fun to read, but a masterpiece of craftmanship as well.  It includes everything exciting, from pirates and ships to heroes and villains, to romance and thrill.  The author shows an exquisite, poetic talent for description that brings the sea and the characters alive.  His historical details about the Atlantic coast, as well as New York and Boston are rigorously researched and informative, but engaging from first to last.  A few surprises among the characters await as well - only the most careful readers will see them coming.  Schroeder is at his best describing the emotional makeup of each of his well-drawn characters, from inside and out.  Read this book with the highest expectations and you won't be disappointed.  I'm not sure what he's written previously, but I plan to check them out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From Mike Morgan's book review in the Delaware Wave Newspaper. Schroeder's book is set mostly on the Delaware coast where he begins his tale of dedication, loyalty, and betrayal.  'The Surfman' is a story of piracy, kidnapping, and murder set against the backdrop of the Delaware coast and grim life in the 19th century.  It makes  excellent summer reading and is available everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grampa wrote that, way to go!