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By: Jim Bayliss

The Final Voyage

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Human evil and the random forces of nature work in deadly harmony.

About to leave Auckland, homeward bound on her final voyage before being scrapped, the Takapuna Princess is targeted for sabotage in an act of revenge for Britain’s abortive invasion of the Suez Canal.

The sabotage devices are timed to operate after Takapuna Princess has left Auckland.

However, a natural disaster leads to the ship sailing earlier than expected and the sabotage plan is spoiled.

Nevertheless, the old ship is sent deep into the Southern Ocean to meet an uncertain fate.

During a career in the Merchant Navy as a young man, followed by a stint in the building industry, he studied electronics and eventually spent much of his time working ashore in this field. An artist and music lover, working in his home in the rural county of Dorset, this is his first novel.

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  • Adrian Harding

    I finished it earlier this week, and can honestly say that I loved it. The seafarer's life is described in such detail that I feel that I could now design, build and repair a ship myself with confidence. More importantly, I could even sail it from Auckland to Les Iles Desolee, and then limp it on to Valparaiso, just based on the instructions in your book.

    What a clever and intricate plot. Setting it against the background of the Suez crisis, whilst linking it back to Victorian times and yet still hinting at the impact of terrorism in our current times is an absolute masterstroke.

  • Jane Day

    An extremely enjoyable adventure. The detailed knowledge of merchant shipping and life at sea gained from the author's own experiences add to a gripping narrative. A good read, and recommended.

  • Anthony Grahame

    This well-crafted story deals with modern-day terrorism and its repercussions in an entirely new context, namely by using a maritime, scenario. The author has clearly drawn upon his experiences at sea and his knowledge of maritime geography to create a believable and exciting tale of revenge, the whims of chance and the basic survival instinct of men in peril. In a way it is quite unlike other novels I have read in as much as the narrative is interspersed with a fair amount of detail, largely to do with the working of cargo ships and their crews. However, instead of bogging the narrative down this detail is of sufficient interest and relevance to the story to carry the reader along. Tension and excitement build and you'll be rooting for the heroine of the story, the Takapuna Princess, all the way.

  • Gary Cullum

    After reading this Final Voyage I have spent a lot of time as has Margaret my Wife shouting its virtues to anyone who will listen, and then some who won't. We have assisted some to buy the book and then others have gone and purchased themselves.
    What a fascinating read, such an interesting life the author has lived and experienced, such adventures and in such intricate detail, its a life we would all have liked to have experienced, I think!
    The adventure seems to cover such a vast to all even they don't think they would be interested in a seafarers tale, it's so diverse and intriguing it drags you in so far you almost feel you are being doused with sea spray.

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