The Wreck of the Mary Deare by Hammond Innes

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A stormy tale of damaged men and a desperate enterprise which will justify and satisfy his following and attract the newer audience of those who enjoyed Sea-Wyf.
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Dusk is at hand as a Biscay gale shoves waves and weather into the channel. John Sands, standing watch aboard the Sea Witch, spots a freighter, low in the water but making adequate way. She slips round Ushant and heads into the darkness.

Next morning the storm is gone, but not the freighter. There she is, the Mary Deare, abandoned and nearing the Channel Reefs. Sands goes aboard...but what a rescue, what a crazy ship, and what a story!

 

About Hammond Innes

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Author Ralph Hammond Innes was born in Horsham, England on July 15, 1914. He attended Cranbrook School in Kent, but left in 1931 to work as a journalist. He published his first novel, The Doppelganger, in 1937. During World War II, he served in the Royal Artillery and published a number of books. In 1946, he became a full-time writer and wrote over thirty novels, children's books, and travel books throughout his career. He published children's books under the pseudonym Ralph Hammond until 1953. Four of his novels were made into films. He was awarded a C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire) in 1978 and received the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement award in 1993. He died on June 10, 1998 and left a bulk of his estate to the Assoication of Sea Training Organisations.
 
Published January 1, 1956 by Alfred A. Knopf. 211 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction
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A new adventure story again offers some excellent excitement and the sea this time is an implacable opponent.

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A stormy tale of damaged men and a desperate enterprise which will justify and satisfy his following and attract the newer audience of those who enjoyed Sea-Wyf.

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Below average
Reviewed by Simon on Oct 04 2008

The Wreck of the Mary Deare is generally slackly put together. The plot is stretched to far to allow Innes to fit in more action scenes; these may be exciting, but are not good enough to excuse or hide the novel's problems.

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