• Title: Ghost Sea
  • Author: Ferenc Máté
  • ISBN: 9780920256510
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ghost Sea A spellbinding tale of the sea love murder and mysticism At the turn of the century a Kwakiutl warrior from British Columbia s wild northern islands raids an artifact collector s yacht to reclaim s
    A spellbinding tale of the sea love, murder, and mysticism At the turn of the century, a Kwakiutl warrior from British Columbia s wild northern islands raids an artifact collector s yacht to reclaim stolen sacred masks He takes the collector s wife, Kate, as hostage on his 200 mile canoe voyage home The collector hires Dugger, a coastal trader living on the edges of thA spellbinding tale of the sea love, murder, and mysticism At the turn of the century, a Kwakiutl warrior from British Columbia s wild northern islands raids an artifact collector s yacht to reclaim stolen sacred masks He takes the collector s wife, Kate, as hostage on his 200 mile canoe voyage home The collector hires Dugger, a coastal trader living on the edges of the law, to give chase in his ketch with the collector as passenger, but Dugger s financial salvation comes at a terrible price, for he is Kate s secret lover Day and night Dugger sails the uncharted islands, through raging currents and ship swallowing whirlpools, and the account of his pursuit is interwoven with Kate s harrowing and erotically charged journey.Based on a true story, this novel reaches its thrilling climax at the last secret, hallucinatory potlatch of the ancient Kwakiutl culture, where the history of a doomed people is melded with the fury of three hearts.

    One Reply to “Ghost Sea”

    1. A man's love affair with another guy's wife fantasy novel. The first part of the book & descriptions of sailing are beautiful, Northwest Native American culture interesting, but then the book goes totally downhill in the latter half, as though it was written by another person.

    2. This is my first book from . I liked what I read about the book so I did want to read it. The trouble is that it wasn't exactly what it said it was to be. The love affair started off nice but I think it was more of just that an affair or crush, I don't think it was really love. The love part was really played down in my opinion. In the beginning of the book it talked about Dugger and his earlier years of working and learning about the sea. This part of the book was good and you really got to kno [...]

    3. Well, this book was reviewed on "Sitnews," my home town website for news and notes. I had high expectations starting this book, thinking it just might be another awesome "Jack London type" read involving all the wilds of the Northwest (trees, ocean, and mountains). It did start off with a vengeance, but slowly trickled into the silly and fantastic (involving the local native group, which in fact was factual I've found out). I'm saying the tribe was factual, not what possibly could have gone on a [...]

    4. I enjoyed this book because it pulled me into a world I didn’t know much about and also had a few twists and turns I didn’t expect. It’s the first book I read where the characters all die and the reader continues to follow them in their afterlife in the end. That was very provocative. But, the descriptions were tedious at times and confusing. The clunky descriptions got in the way of the more poetic insights found throughout the book. And I found myself wondering why the tribe would go to [...]

    5. I read the first chapter as a preview in a magazine and instantly wanted to read the rest of the story. The book is set in coastal British Columbia and the descriptions will ring true to anyone who has sailed in this area - the fog, waves, winds and tidal currents are all described perfectly. The plot definitely pushes the limits of what is realistically plausible, but that's part of what makes this book great. It's based in history, the locations are real, and I'm sure similar things actually h [...]

    6. I read this in preparation for a trip to the Pacific Northwest. I was enamored with the authors descriptions in this book, though I can see how some readers may find certain descriptions tedious. I especially appreciated the depiction of scenery and native peoples. I was not able to keep up with all the sailing terms but in reality it's not really necessary, I think it just adds another dimension if that is something that interests you. I did have difficulty discerning what was real or not, espe [...]

    7. Wasn't hooked until you start finding out people's real identities. I liked the style of writing, although I had to learn to skim over sailing terms because there was NO WAY I was going to figure them all out. Glad there is a northern Northwest Coast historical fiction out there. Although it relies on the stereotypes of the West and of the NWC's peoples, it does so responsibly.Mate uses little snipits of anthropologists's writings to inform on the Kwakiutl (Boas), and, even better, to make an as [...]

    8. I just started reading this book after hearing the author interviewed on NPR. It's going to be interesting because it is a mystery in a sailing setting which I know nothing about, so the descriptions don't 'grip' me with the intensity the author probably intended. It is set along the NW British Columbia coast and will involve the beliefs of the Indians in that area. Stay tuned.

    9. I just found this author while walking the aisles of my local library looking for some fiction worth the time--that I hadn't read (right by Cormac McCarthy). This is a serious talent worth the time. The prose sings. If genre or plot matters to you, read another review to decide. This is a voice executed with vision, skill, and intent. And, like guts for a Marine, sometimes that's enough.

    10. One who has never sailed might be left wondering about all the rigging, hardware, and other sailing jargon referenced. I have sailed, and I found this adventure one that I could enjoy. The author's art of description helped me to "see" the story in my head. Ahoy!

    11. Read this in the evenings while sailing through the Carribean. The story was fantastic with a sailor's prosective on the story line. The writing was sometimes confusing, but not enough to detract from the overall content.

    12. Loved it. The setting is in the east coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada back in the days when the natives were considered wild and practiced cannibalism. Well written and a must read for anyone who likes stories about ships, seas and adventure. Well done.

    13. I got this book through and have been saving it until I was at the beach on vacation. I gave it 65 pages or so but I'm sorry to say I just didn't get into it and have passed it on to others who are on vacation with me.

    14. Rollicking sea adventure in the best sense, mixed with a fascinating look at the native Kwaqiutl culture. People who sail will appreciate the detail.

    15. Excellent book, great adventure, very well written. The sailing was well described and I enjoy the surprised twist to the story line.

    16. The author did an exceptional job describing living in Tuscany, but his foray into fiction didn't grab me.

    17. I won a free copy of this book through the first-reads program. Started reading, good so far. Thank you.

    18. I enjoyed Ghost Sea. Once I started reading it I wanted to see what would happen next. It has a fast pace and a very surprise ending.

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