And the Deep Blue Sea

Charles Williams


And the Deep Blue Sea

And the Deep Blue Sea

  • Title: And the Deep Blue Sea
  • Author: Charles Williams
  • ISBN: 9780304938964
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback



A sailor stranded in the Pacific Ocean finds there are a million ways to dieHis life in pieces, Harry Goddard buys a thirty two foot sloop and sets out to sail the Pacific He is a thousand miles from anywhere when his craft strikes an unseen object, and begins taking water For all his desperate efforts, he cannot save her, and Harry is forced into his life raft, to driftA sailor stranded in the Pacific Ocean finds there are a million ways to dieHis life in pieces, Harry Goddard buys a thirty two foot sloop and sets out to sail the Pacific He is a thousand miles from anywhere when his craft strikes an unseen object, and begins taking water For all his desperate efforts, he cannot save her, and Harry is forced into his life raft, to drift without food, water, or shelter from the sun He is near death when the Leander rescues him But by the time his trip is over, he ll wish he d taken his chances in the open water A tramp freighter sailing under the Panamanian flag, the Leander is en route to the Philippines when its crew spots Harry and takes him aboard But as he regains his strength, Harry uncovers a murderous conspiracy that could destroy the ship that saved him.


Recent Comments "And the Deep Blue Sea"

A couple of years ago I stumbled across a Robert Mitchum quote about his early films: "We called them B pictures. We didn't have the money, we didn't have the sets, we didn't have the lights, we didn't have the time. What we did have were some pretty good stories." (I think it's from an interview with Roger Ebert)Reading a Charles Williams novel always reminds me of this quote. He's such a darn good storyteller, it doesn't matter that the plot is contrived (a solitary sailor survives the sinking [...]

I could not finish this (& I had read over half), despite having loved every other Charles Williams book I've read. Despite this having amazing parts. It was his second to last novel, from the early 1970s. It probably is amazing.

Charles Williams was a hard-boiled writer in the Jim Thompson mold in the fifties and sixties, responsible most notably for Dead Calm. Many of his stories had nautical themes, as he had been a merchant sailor. This one's about a shipwrecked yachtsman miraculously rescued in the Pacific by a Manila-bound freighter with something very shady going on on board. Good old-fashioned page-turner

From 1971 and reading much more like an early 60s novel, this is an exciting plot-driven story of lone yachtsman, Harry Goddard, rescued from certain death by a merchant ship carrying a few passengers, two of whom are attractive women. A murder on board proves to be the catalyst for a series of events involving ex-Nazis and more time spent in the Pacific Ocean as a struggle for the ship ensues. Very much a pulp-style story but a superior one because of the vivid scene-setting and the creation of [...]

Coincidences hurt the start of this story; the second half was stronger.

After his sailboat went down, leaving him with nothing but a rubber dinghy and a bottle of whiskey, Harry Goddard should have known it was all over. There wasn’t much left. Once a renowned movie producer. He was now forty-five, divorced, childless since his only daughter drove her Porsche over a guardrail, seeing her parents’ lives fall apart. His luck had just plumb wore out. “The only hell was the certainty that it was coming.” “Well, he thought, you wanted solitude; you’ve got it. [...]

I liked the story line, but there were a lot of references that made no sense to me, music, books, quotes from I'm not sure where. The story was written in 1971, so it's possible they were just before my time. Kind of a James Bond kind of story where the hero is invincible, but hard to put down once the action started.

I don't read a lot of fiction, but this author (Charles Williams) really knows what he's doing.

Good noir-ish crime fiction.


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