My Adventures at Sea
by John de Silva
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Story Merchant Books (June 13, 2012)
Publication Date: June 13, 2012
Genre: Adventure | Travel
Print Length: 188 pages
From collision to mutiny and murder, Marine Captain John De Silva's TROUBLED WATERS sets down with searing honesty the highs and lows of the professional seafarer's life. The land is but a temporary haven in which relationships are made, but the blue sea is where unforgettable events occur and memories are relived. This captivating memoir explores the sheer optimism we human beings have been endowed with to meet the adversities of life head on. From plagues of cockroaches, engine failures, duplicity and deceit, to Reema, the Guajarati girl who gets pregnant and is subsequently abandoned by her Muslim boyfriend and forced into a lifetime of prostitution, the book explores human life and our relationship with the divine that allows us to steer a steady course through chaos as we head toward a peaceful anchor. This is the story of a voyage that Captain John de Silva undertakes with all its attendant vicissitudes and death-defying miseries. Yet throughout he never loses his faith in the Lord; never loses that optimism we human beings have been endowed with to balance out fear and despair. Captain De Silva's odyssey begins in January, 2006, when he assumes command of the ship Cape Agulhas with its Myanmar crew. In his voyage around the coast of Africa, almost everything that can go wrong does. From a seasick cook who can't cook, officials who demand bribes at every port, and a silent but murderous crew who never obey an order without first having a lengthy conclave among themselves, the Captain faces one test after another--trusting in his faith in God to find his way through. If you're wondering what a lifetime at sea might be like, you won't want to miss this book.
Troubled Waters: My Adventures at Sea by John de Silva
He had spent his life at sea, even with a family to come home to, it was in his blood, it was his soul. Marine Captain John DeSilva shares his memoirs of life at sea, the turmoil, the highs and lows as he forged his own path through Troubled Waters.
Follow his journey through misadventure, deceit and death as his faith in his God keeps his hope afloat, wave after wave. As John DeSilva travels, he acts on the humanity he has learned as he balances out his life as a man with his life as a believer.
John DeSilva has lived through adventures we often only think about. He knows the life of a sailor with a family on land. He understands what his heart wants and the cost those he cares about pay. This is his story and he has done a remarkable job of sharing it.
I received this copy from the Story Merchant in exchange for my honest review.