The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner Synopsis :
Harry Straight doesn’t want any complications in his life. Recently divorced, he’s about to set sail on a small boat along England’s south coast in order to reconcile with his estranged father. The last thing Harry needs is the responsibility of a mischievous and unpredictable beer-drinking dog called Lacey.
But when Harry’s canine crewmate discovers he’s only ever been with one woman, the fun loving terrier takes it upon himself to educate Harry in the livelier side of life, leading him from one inappropriate liaison to the next… with disastrous consequences.
Having been captivated by the original premise of Mark Green’s first novel The Travel Auction, I was eager to see what he came up with next.
Again, from simple beginnings The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner evolves in a multi-layered highly engaging story. Green really knows how to tell a good yarn – his laid back, less-is-more writing style belies the judicious plotting and character development at play.
All the characters in this novel, even Lacey the dog, feel authentic. He’s not just cute, he’s got attitude – something fellow dog lovers will appreciate! This feeling of authenticity stems from dialogue that shines with great humour and pathos.
To be clear, while Lacey is a key character in this tale (and sufficient reason alone to recommend it) this is not just a story about a dog – it is so much more. The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner is a story about real people dealing with very real issues and emotions we can all identify with. It is about the value of ‘living’ life rather than watching it pass by from the sidelines.
The key ingredient that transforms an entertaining yarn into something memorable is that elusive yet organic quality I call ‘heart’ – The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner by Mark Green has that in spades.
BOOK RATING: The Story 4.5 / 5 ; The Writing 3.5 / 5
This novel is available for download in 3 parts, the first of which is currently available for free from Kobobooks and Smashwords.
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Genre: Humour, Romance, Action-Adventure
* Receiving this title free from the author did not impact my ability to express my honest opinions in the review above.