Ancient Mariners

Ancient Mariners

by David Burton


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If Death sets you on a journey, what can you do but follow where it leads?

Ancient Mariners is a dark, slightly paranormal, coming-of-age adventure novel adapted from the author's own screenplay.

Beth, 14, and her crewmate, Silas, 45, have lost their families to violence. They sail the South Pacific, seeking solace for their grief. But Death has a task for them.

Beth Portman, a normal, happy, 14 year-old tragically loses her parents to violence. She stays with her best friend, Judy, and her controlling father until Judy tells her she has to go away. Beth joins her sailing mentor and unofficial uncle, ex-SEAL Silas Tuft 45, aboard his sailboat. Silas lost his wife and daughter to violence years earlier and still blames himself. Together, they head into the Pacific Ocean seeking solace and peace, and possibly love.

The two are natural shipmates, but as they make their way around the Pacific, it becomes clear that tragedy and violence follow them wherever they go. Beth becomes convinced Death, in the form of a black Albatross, is preparing them for something much bigger.

When Judy runs away and joins them in Australia, followed by her very dangerous and abusive father, Beth and Silas discover Death's plan for them and the single act of revenge that will set them free of their guilt and grief.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781974320929
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/04/2017
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

David Burton is an American writer living in sunny Southern California. He traveled by motorcycle through Mexico, US, Canada and Alaska. From motorcycles he turned to the ocean, building and sailing his own boats to Mexico, Tahiti, Hawaii, and through the Panama Canal to Florida. He spent a lot of time reading while on the water, so he decided to write books he would have wanted to read at sea.
Having swallowed the anchor he now mops floors and collects trash for money, writes for a living, and has become a (temporarily?) unrequited sailor.

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DiiFL More than 1 year ago
Dark and edgy, yet I couldn’t help but feel so much for the main characters, Beth, the teenage orphan girl who becomes the ward of Silas, a salty sailor with his own demons chasing him across the seas. When her parents died, Beth went to live with her best friend’s family, but the lecherous father became too much of a nightmare to endure and that’s when she went to Silas, an old family friend, ex-Marine and a man who would protect her, no matter what. Together, they form a bond that is both heartwarming and beautiful. But can happiness follow them across the waters onboard the Montegar or will tragedy continue to haunt them? Is Death riding the waves beside them or are the gods of the waters guiding them on a journey that will change the very fiber of Beth’s being? Will they ever find a safe harbor to land in? ANCIENT MARINERS by David Burton is a journey of life, a coming of age for a young girl who has seen far too much darkness and a tale of relationships that grow beyond what the eye can see. Mysterious, intriguing and filled with that feeling of “other,” I was mesmerized from start to finish! David Burton is a brilliant storyteller, his ability to set forth a tale that comes to life with characters that become real is magnetic. It isn’t that often that a book comes along that I can’t’ wait to read again, but ANCIENT MARINERS is at the top of my must read again list! If you’re looking for that special read that is clearly different, clearly one to get lost in and one that will stay with you long after that last page, this is it! I received a complimentary copy from David Burton! A truly bright gem in the world of books! Highly recommended reading!