Tuesday, May 08, 2018

What is Owen Laukkanen reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Owen Laukkanen, author of Gale Force.

His entry begins:
I’ve been living in a kind of self-imposed rural exile on the family farm these last few months, and with no TV and limited Internet I’ve been taking the opportunity to work through my massive To Be Read pile. I think I read fourteen books in March alone!

One book that I really liked was Laurence Gonzales’s nonfiction book Deep Survival, which is an examination of who lives and dies in traumatic situations, like mountain climbing accidents or plane crashes, or just people getting lost in dangerous terrain. I’m an avid outdoorsman and I love Jon Krakauer’s books, and Gonzales has a similar style; he has plenty of illustrative stories about what people have done correctly or incorrectly in the face of extreme challenges. It’s a very...[read on]
About Gale Force, from the publisher:
For all lovers of maritime adventure comes an electrifying thriller of treachery and peril on the high seas featuring a dynamic new heroine, from multi-award-nominated suspense star Owen Laukkanen.

In the high-stakes world of deep-sea salvage, an ocean disaster can mean a huge payoff–if you can survive the chase.

McKenna Rhodes has never been able to get the sight of her father’s death out of her mind. A freak maritime accident has made her the captain of the salvage boat Gale Force, but it’s also made her cautious, sticking closer to the Alaska coastline. She and her crew are just scraping by, when the freighter Pacific Lion, out of Yokohama, founders two hundred miles out in a storm.

This job is their last chance–but there is even more at stake than they know. Unlisted on any manifest, the Lion‘s crew includes a man on the run carrying fifty million dollars in stolen Yakuza bearer bonds. The Japanese gangsters want the money. The thief’s associates want the money. Another salvage ship, far bigger and more powerful than Gale Force, is racing to the rendezvous as well. And the storm rages on. If McKenna can’t find a way to prevail, everything she loves–the ship, her way of life, maybe even her life itself–will be lost.

Filled with bravery, betrayal, sudden twists, and pure excitement, Gale Force is a spectacular new adventure from the fast-rising suspense star.
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