Beyond the Mast

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If Rich Jackson’s first published novel, Beyond the Mast were a barometer for his future works, then its smooth sailing ahead. In this novel, however, Tom and Nathan are the seafaring main characters that spend their summers living a life of leisure sailing the world on Nathan’s boat, Coriolis. Early in the novel, it is discovered that the seemingly charmed life that Tom leads has its roots planted in a one-man electronic crime ring. Tom, a computer genius from back in his college days, supports his carefree lifestyle by hacking into the bank accounts of large corporations and transferring funds into dummy accounts that he later accesses. With his perfectly crafted capers and the hubris of believing that he’ll never be caught, Tom lives his life as if he were entitled to help himself to other people’s money, and thus bringing his old pal Nathan along for the ride.

Jackson’s character development in Beyond the Mast has the feel of a great Russian novel, where the pedigree and history of each character is identified and categorized, only to be used against them later as their ultimate flaw. Beyond the Mast is not for those with weak stomachs or the faint of heart. Wonderfully vivid landscapes dot the horizon as our heroes sail the high seas with Jackson’s descriptions of events that are so intense that readers feel like they are a part of the action. Though, there is one word of caution for those planning to navigate Beyond the Mast. Be prepared for low-pressured sailing jargon that sometimes veers the action off course. All in all, Beyond the Mast possesses a perfect literary storm of character, plot, and imagination that keeps readers turning pages.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 280 pages
Publisher Xlibris
Publish Date 25-Mar-2010
ISBN 9781441590145 Buy this Book
Issue December 2010
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller


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