Following our memoir, Beer in the Bilges, Sailing Adventures in the South Pacific, comes a novel incorporating some of the personalities we met in our travels, and whose true identities we couldn’t reveal.


Read excerpts from the draft manuscript of Two if by Sea, by clicking on the links below.


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The 2008 Beijing Olympics were meant to showcase China to the world. Athletes came from 204 countries to compete. A million and a half spectators came to see the spectacle.


Now a volunteer has fallen sick with avian influenza, one that can be easily transmitted. There is no vaccine. No cure. After only four days, people begin to die. Lots of people. Thousands of people.


China imposes a massive quarantine, but some people have already left Beijing, taking the virus home. To 204 countries. An overnight global pandemic.


There are only a few remote areas of the world that are not affected. One is an idyllic island in the vast South Pacific Ocean. People around the world are fleeing the chaos, looking for a sanctuary. How will the islanders protect their tiny paradise?


One sailor is called upon to help. That man is Commander Jack Becker, United States Office of Naval Intelligence. He’s on vacation. Maybe the last one of his life.

Two if by Sea Chapter 1 excerpt
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Two if by Sea Chapter 2 excerpt
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  • Brenda Boreham (Thursday, January 12 17 12:46 pm EST)

    Hi Alan, I love the cover image of the book. Is it a stock photo or one of yours? I think the clouds capture the theme of the book...impending storm!
    I read the chapter excerpts. I think the opening paragraph in chapter one is really strong. It sets the scene and makes the reader want to dive right into the book. I also think that there is enough technical information about the boat to satisfy any reader who is familiar with the boating world, but at the same time it is accessible to a reader like me, who has limited knowledge of boats. By zooming in on patient zero in the second chapter the reader develops empathy for his plight while at the same time developing a sense of the enormity of what is about to develop.
    I can't wait to read the rest of the book! B.

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