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The Silver Spider: A Sea Adventure novel by [Slavinski, Nadine]
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Length: 471 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A mountain of treasure in Panama: whose will it be?
In 1667, a Spanish soldier makes a startling discovery. A vast treasure - or a curse?
Two centuries later, Charlie Parker, engineer and adventurer, voyages to Central America to build the Panama Canal - and engage in a few extracurricular activities in his spare time.
A pair of modern-day sailors find more adventure than they bargained for when they unravel a cryptic tangle of clues. Have they inherited incredible riches - or just big trouble?

Pieces of Eight. A silver spider. Plotting pirates. Scheming cartels.
A treasure map without an X.
Who will claim the prize?

Part sailing yarn, part adventure/mystery, part historical fiction, THE SILVER SPIDER is Katherine Neville's The Eight blended with Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, plus a touch of Indiana Jones. A sea adventure complete with a treasure hunt, a centuries-old mystery, and the challenges of a modern relationship. Come along for the ride!

N. Slavinski is a sailor, author, and archaeologist turned teacher. Her fiction works place memorable characters in exotic locations and vividly capture the fun, fascinating world of globe-trotting sailors. Although
The Silver Spider is the product of an imagination fed by many a starry night on the open ocean, most of the locations and sailing details are based on personal experience. Enjoy the adventure!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4480 KB
  • Print Length: 471 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982771460
  • Publisher: Rolling Hitch Press (30 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072BFK9BP
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected page turner that I devoured in just a few sittings 28 June 2017
By Paul Willems - Published on
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Right from the beginning, the reader is immersed into the suffocating humidity, earthy smells and exotic sounds of the tropical rain forests of Panama. The story cleverly recounts the timelines of three separate characters (one of these a couple) all in the same location in different eras. The protagonist couple, present day sailing cruisers, find themselves on the trail of a lost cache of conquistador silver and gold while attracting the attention of shady cartel types and self-centred art collectors. The timelines weave together as the story progresses pulling together the pieces of the puzzle and keeping the reader turning the pages.

The descriptions are immersive and the writing is fluid. The author's first hand cruising experience, is invaluable infusing the adventure/historical-fiction story with a feeling beyond "well researched", rather more true to life. The reader almost forgets the fictional nature of the book. Anyone who has lived on a boat will identify with the struggles the characters face. You will feel sympathy with Nick's constant pull between being responsible for the old boat's upkeep and satisfying Kate's need to explore ever more distant horizons. At the same time you will relate with Kate's frustration about Nick's uncertainty of being far from ailing parents and the "safety" of a nine to five job. The chapter describing in detail the transit of the Panama canal shoehorned into the Gatun lock right behind a cargo freighter actually brought on a hint of anxiety as I read.

As if fictionalising first hand experiences is not enough to draw the reader in, it is clear that vast amounts of research were also done. The descriptions of the realities of a canal worker's life in the early 20th century or those of a conquistador in the mid 17th century are barely less genuine than those of a 21st century cruiser.

The Silver Spider turned out to be an unexpected page turner that I devoured in just a few sittings. I highly recommend it to cruisers or non-cruisers alike. The fictional story blended with living experiences is a wonderfully immersive idea that more cruising-writers should imitate.
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertained and Educated at the Same Time. Loved It!! 9 June 2017
By April Spiller - Published on
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This is historical fiction and adventure writing at its greatest. This book weaves together three separate story lines into an interconnected satisfying conclusion. The detailed descriptions of Panama in all three time periods instantly transport the readers to the humid, suffocating jungle and then back again into the cozy quarters of a small sailboat. As a sailor myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the sailing portions. The descriptions of repairs as well as passages were very realistic and made me want to go sailing again. The author provided descriptions that could only have been given by someone who had been to the area. She obviously did a great job of researching the facts concerning the earlier eras described in the book. I was very impressed that she referenced brands of equipment actually used during construction of the canal. I resorted to Google several times to see if the descriptions were pure fiction and was quite pleased to find that the descriptions were very true to life. By the end of the book, I was emotionally invested in the characters, felt like I had been on an adventure myself and also felt like I had learned something.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of her work. I am now a fan for life. I would recommend this book to sailors and non-sailors, adventurers and armchair cowboys alike. This book is well worth your time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 7 June 2017
By SailLaVie - Published on
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A true to life sailing adventure that spans the 17th Century, the building of the Panama Canal in 1912, to the trials and tribulations of a modern day sailing couple. You don't have to be rich to find adventure, freedom, and love. This story ties it all together: History, idyllic locations, romance, relationships, adventure, treasure, dreams, temptations, danger, and characters from all walks of life.
For anyone who sails with their significant other, you will relate to the differences and struggles cruising couples face. I found that aspect of the story very entertaining and loved all the facts, history, and information re Panama and the Panama Canal.
Non-sailors will enjoy it just as much...maybe create some new dreams and adventures!
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, enjoyable, but much too long. 19 July 2017
By NashvilleGirl52 - Published on
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Nadine does write a very interesting tale, and her knowledge of island life as well as boating and/or yachting is obviously expert. I did find it a bit too long, though. I am not sure whether there are to many plot lines, too many characters or just too much time spent on each part of the story. I think It almost would have been better as a series, but I think either that or a rewrite would earn this tale 5 stars!
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more from this author! 25 May 2017
By Heather - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I loved the aspect of the different eras weaving together.

It is a well written and well edited story that draws you in. You will find yourself rooting for the characters in each era. As a sailor myself I really enjoyed the honest depiction of the cruising lifestyle and the descriptions of the canal passage made me anxious (both in good ways and bad) for my own future trip through the canal.

I'll be watching out for more from the author!

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