They took his wife and daughter, and left him stranded on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. They should have killed him. Doctors Michael and Sarah Stone and their ten-year-old daughter Ronnie sail their hospital boat to a remote Pacific atoll. When a huge cargo ship, the Dallas Belle, radios for medical assistance, Sarah and ...
They took his wife and daughter, and left him stranded on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. They should have killed him. Doctors Michael and Sarah Stone and their ten-year-old daughter Ronnie sail their hospital boat to a remote Pacific atoll. When a huge cargo ship, the Dallas Belle, radios for medical assistance, Sarah and Ronnie set off to help, leaving Michael behind to investigate a tiny native canoe beached on the atoll. But this is no routine call for assistance and Michael is stunned to see the Dallas Belle simply sail away with his wife and child. Hundreds of miles from the nearest radio he must undertake an epic journey in the half-wrecked canoe to find help, while Sarah and Ronnie realise with growing horror that they have become caught up in a terrifying plot that will rock the world.
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Publishers Weekly, 1998-01-05 Cover blurbs link this debut thriller to the recent nonfiction bestsellers Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, but its real ancestors are the expertly crafted nautical adventures of Hammond Innes. Like Innes, professional seaman Garrison creates characters who are unique and then puts them into situations full of believable peril. Do-gooder physicians Sarah and Michael Stone and their 10-year-old daughter, Ronnie, seem to have an ideal life: they sail the rugged waters of the Pacific in their hospital ship, "an elderly, sun-bleached 38-foot Nautor Swan," bringing medicine to islands off the trade routes. One day, just as they are about to put in at a remote atoll, a giant ship carrying liquefied nitrogen gas radios an SOS: its captain has been seriously injured in a fall. The doctors split up. Sarah drops Michael off and heads for the nearby carrierŠwhich promptly scoops up the sailboat and steams away while Michael watches, helpless, from shore. After this smashing start, Garrison piles on even more empathy, action and suspense. On board the carrier, a gnarled, fascinating old China hand is suffering from botched surgery to remove a bullet. While Sarah works to keep him alive, his very nasty bodyguard uses violence to keep the crewŠand Sarah and RonnieŠfrom finding out where the valuable, dangerous cargo is headed. Meanwhile, Michael repairs an islander's canoe and sails for Palau, where a friendly local politician discovers that Dr. Stone has a very good reason for not calling in the U.S. Navy to help him recover his wife, daughter and sailboat. Instead, Michael recruits a team of Chinese gangsters (and one stranded female American ex-cop) to go after the kidnappers in a fast-forward showdown that takes him to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Garrison writes about these exotic people and places with immense vigor; it's no wonder that Disney has optioned the book for a cool million. Major ad/promo. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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