- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4480 KB
- Print Length: 471 pages
- Publisher: Rolling Hitch Press (30 April 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072BFK9BP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 14 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,115,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Silver Spider: A Sea Adventure novel Kindle Edition
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"For voyaging sailors, the book will seem familiar yet new. The familiarity rests with the everyday challenges and joys of living aboard while passagemaking; the novelty stems from the intriguing multi-level plot that weaves through the book. Ultimately, Slavinski does a great job keeping the three plots and myriad characters all working together as The Silves Spider reaches its daring ending." - Ocean Navigator Magazine
"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. The Silver Spider turned out to be a real 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." - SV Venilia Blog--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Wonderful read, highly recommended.
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.
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.
I did see a movie in the making, reading this, and can't wait to read (or see) the author's next oeuvre!
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!
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!