Tropical Depression

by Larry Dickens



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/8/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 196
ISBN : 9781403348265

About the Book

Sometimes a killer typhoon isn't the worst nightmare a sailor faces.

Chief mate Jimmy Briscoe comes face-to-face with his worst nightmare and learns to deal with it in this seagoing, action-romance novel. Shuttling back and forth between the jungle ports of Indonesia and the power-starved cities of Japan aboard the liquefied gas carrier SS Majestic Prince, Briscoe tries to find purpose in his life after it is shattered by tragedy.

The seagoing setting is entirely accurate, being based on the author's experiences aboard the former, American-flag fleet of high-tech, liquefied natural gas carriers that operated in the Orient.  These eight vessels successfully transported LNG from Indonesia to Japan between 1977 and 2000. In addition, during that time they rescued thousands of people in distress. Many of the events in this book are based on actual occurrences. 

Tropical Depression provides a glimpse of life aboard a modern day merchant ship and some of the problems - both human and natural - that their crews encounter. Written by the author of Mrs. McGillacuddy's Garden Party and Hillary's Wish.

About the Author

Larry Dickens holds an unlimited oceans master's license and is a freelance writer whose nonfiction work has appeared in several maritime publications. In 2000, he completed a twenty-four-year maritime career where he spent most of his seagoing time aboard LNG supertankers operating in the Orient. In addition to writing contemporary sea novels, he writes purposeful children's novels (Mrs. McGillacuddy's Garden Party; Hillary's Wish), as well as screenplays of his work.  He resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York State with his wife, Susan, and two daughters.

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