Robbie's last-minute flight to the Midway Atoll proves to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in shark-infested waters. Fighting for her life, the co-pilot Max pulls her onto the raft, and that's when the real terror begins.
The Raft of Odysseus looks at the fascinating intersection of traditional myth with an enthnographically-viewed Homeric world. Carol Dougherty argues that the resourcefulness of Odysseus as an adventurer on perilous seas served as an example to Homer's society which also had to adjust in inventive ways to turbulent conditions. The fantastic adventures of Odysseus act as a prism for the experiences of Homer's own listeners--traders, seafarers, storytellers, soldiers--and give us a glimpse into their own world of hopes and fears, 500 years after the Iliadic events were supposed to have happened.
Anything goes aboard the Raft. The ramshackled, mosquito fleet has no law or authority. The Raft's ships clog the waterways of the Puget Sound, exploiting a loophole in the tax code to thumb their noses at the Government. But even aboard the Raft, the murder of a young girl cannot go unpunished. It must fall on someone's shoulders to find justice, and that someone, it seems, is Maggie. Maggie Straight is a Magistrate, a judge for hire, a private policewoman and nanny to the ragtag band of criminals, hippies and burnouts that populate the Raft. She's the only authority the Raft respects. But when Maggie's phone rings one rainy, Northwest morning, it's no Rafter on the other end of the line, but the voice of her ex-girlfriend, Rachael. In a whirlwind, Maggie finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation, juggling her long-suppressed feelings for Rachael, while attempting to thwart the mainland police's hopes of using the girl's murder as an excuse to expand their authority over the Raft. When a conservative Senator, with plans to pass a Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage, is implicated in the young girl's death, the situation escalates rapidly towards an all-out shooting war. Maggie must hurry to find the girl's killer, defuse the standoff with the authorities and make peace with how an old love affair ended, all before the Raft destroys itself a hopeless bid for independence.
A tale of grand passion set in Paris in 1818, Arabella Edge’s second novel is inspired by the story of Théodore Géricault and his extraordinary masterpiece The Raft of the Medusa. Aged just twenty-one, Géricault is feted at the prestigious salon for his painting Charging Chasseur. Seven years later – lovesick and distracted by his secret affair with his benefactor–uncle’s wife, Alexandrine – he is still desperately searching for inspiration for his next work. Then he hears about the French frigate Medusa, wrecked off the west coast of Africa. With a hundred and fifty souls abandoned on a makeshift raft, rumours of madness, murder and cannibalism horrify the French public but fascinate Géricault; when he manages to track down two of the raft’s survivors to discover what really happened during those fifteen days at sea, he knows he has finally found his subject. ‘This is a marvellously rich and pacy novel about the gestation of a masterpiece . . . Arabella Edge weaves a combination of fable, thriller and costume comedy of manners’ Novel of the Week, Telegraph
Chuck Warfield, son of a Pennsylvania coal miner, is haunted by two traumas: his fateful WWII bombing mission over Ploesti and the sudden death of his wife soon after their post-war marriage. Struggling to overcome his lingering depression, he moves to Florida to find a new life and meets Scotty Malcolm, the ebullient captain of a luxurious yacht, the Regalia. When Scotty invites Chuck to join him on his next trip as first mate, Chuck accepts and unwittingly becomes involved in smuggling a huge, mystery-shrouded diamond to the Cayman Islands. His trip is further complicated by Nicole, the beautiful and disgustingly spoiled daughter of the captain. The aura of secrecy surrounding the gemstone swiftly mounts, heightening Chuck's curiosity about its origin and identity. When strange incidents begin to occur on the Regalia, he grows fearful for the safety of those on board, and soon finds himself in the middle of high drama at sea. His journey is one you won't soon forget. Edward Russell is the pen name of the author. Born and raised in suburban Baltimore, he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Baltimore, where he also attended law school. Most of his long government career, he worked in Washington, D.C. for the US Treasury Department. Upon his retirement, he and his wife moved across the Chesapeake Bay to the serenity of Maryland's beautiful eastern shore. Widowed in 1999, he now lives there with his spunky Scottish terrier, Gus. Years of drafting and editing highly technical administrative rulings, plus a Pisces mentality, made him yearn for the creative freedom of writing fiction. "The Raft" is his first novel.
When a plane carrying three airmen fails to return from its bombing mission on January 16, 1942, the U.S. Navy can afford only a brief search before giving the men up as dead. Pacific Ocean resources are stretched thin following the destruction at Pearl Harbor that led America into war a month earlier. But the three airmen survive their crash.
When farms hit hard times the future looks bleak for their least worthy animals. They run away together to escape the inevitable cull and take to life on a raft. But is it really only the fittest who can survive?
Release on 2002-01 | by Molly Fox,Janet M. Barton,Samantha Fox
A Companion Guide to the Boathouse
Author: Molly Fox,Janet M. Barton,Samantha Fox
The Raft is every student's lifeboat, the first-ever self-paced guide written by students for students who want to boost their vocabulary and reading comprehension - and have fun doing it! Written as a companion book to the YA adventure novel The Boathouse (Janet Barton), The Raft is something new and different, a student-authored resource full of effective study techniques, activities and imaginative ideas for maximizing your potential for understanding what you read and demonstrating your knowledge and creativity. The Raft will bring out the best in you by reminding you that the best way to learn is to have fun!
Are the people of Britain capable of serving the new world, of writing with honour a new chapter of history? The answer, conclusively, is Yes.... But Socrates, in the third of the pieces, has still to be satisfied that the Allies are truly conscious of their purpose. A four-fold rule of law is not enough: the peace within that rule must not be an idle peace, but creative. If that is not explicitly our intention and desire, then why are we fighting? The Raft and Socrates Asks Why are imaginary conversations revolving around the political and military problems of WWII. The Raft is set in the mid-Atlantic, where six survivors from a torpedoed ship discuss the position of Britain and the difficulties and moral dilemmas of a soldier life. Socrates Asks Why is a conversation between Socrates, Voltaire, Johnson and Lincoln where the Allies' aim of peace and ending of the war is discussed and questioned. These conversations were first published in 1942.