Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.--Ernest Benn

Friday, March 1, 2013

Final Passage

This was a thriller centered around a yachting race from the Canary Islands to Grenada in celebration of Columbus's 500th anniversary. Despite a promising prologue, this did not turn out to be a page turner. More like a snoozer. I use my transistor under my pillow to put me to sleep. Some nights NPR covering the sequester or BBC talking about Syria couldn't put me to sleep. I would turn to my Kindle where The Final Passage was stored and Timothy Frost would knock me out cold in 1½ pages.

I guess I just couldn't identify with the chief protagonist who made all the mistakes I never would have:

  • Never marry a woman who won't sail with you. 
  • Don't own or race a yacht longer than 33  38 feet. 
  • Don't find yourself owning a yacht in a partnership; not even with your brother; not even with someone who everyone tells you is your brother. 
  • Don't bet on a yacht race you are contending in, especially to the tune of £12,000. 
  • If you do bet on the race, don't fooking stop and wait for the other guy to catch up with you out of sportsmanship. 
  • Don't wear -- don't even possess -- a $40,000 Rolex watch.
  • Don't go out to sea, sailing alone with your boss's daughter, no matter how she looks doing foredeck in a bikini. 
  • Don't ever lie to the U.S. Coast Guard or D.E.A for that matter. 
  • Don't leave your yacht unattended in the Carribean drug highway.  

And it goes on and on. So many necessary lessons contained in this saga whose plot is full of twisted turns and contrivances. But I'll not say anymore lest I spoil the story for other potential readers.


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    1. I'd love to know what Scott said.

    2. You may get a chance, Baydog, if Scott's spamming ass visits 829 Southdrive.

  2. "Spoil the story for potential readers"? Not much chance of that!!!

  3. I'd love to know why Baydog wants to know what Scott said.

  4. So, I take it, your insomnia has returned?