Ghost Eater

A Novel

Frederick Highland

Thomas Dunne Books

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A riveting thriller, Ghost Eater marks the introduction of an intense new voice in
seafaring adventure.

Moored in a wintry Asian harbor at the turn of the twentieth century, Captain Ulysses Vanders experiences a revelation. A ferryman brings a mysterious gift--a wine at once rare and familiar that brings the sailor back to a moment in Sumatra thirty years before. "I closed my eyes, remembering where I had last tasted this liquor, remembering back across the years, remembering how steady the hand had been that held out the cup to me, and how desperate the circumstances. With a stab, her face rose before me--beautiful, tantalizing, terrible to behold."

This haunting memory leads the sailor back to his first command and a desperate river journey to rescue missionaries along a remote jungle river. Captain of an aging steamboat, Vanders soon finds himself burdened with a set of unexpected, mysterious passengers, each traveling to the mission outpost known as "Light of the World" for reasons of his or her own. The island world Vanders discovers is a ghostly place, darkly lit with the flames of social upheaval, a world of superstition and strife, as age-old ways of life are swept away in the murderous rampage of a tribe gone mad. At the edge of civilization, the young American captain learns not only the challenge of command but the courage to confront his own illusions, beautiful and terrible to behold.

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Praise for Ghost Eater

"The book is peopled with rich, enigmatic characters whose pasts are shrouded in mystery and whose motives are close held secrets."
--Jim Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea and the Brethren of the Coast Series

"Glorious shades of Joseph Conrad, but with wry humor! Splendidly written and an intriguing adventure/mystery in the grand old style."
--Dewey Lambdin, author of the Alan Lewrie series

"This is the work of a devoted and accomplished story-teller, and of a gifted writer and craftsman, for whom the completed tale is considerably more than the sum of its parts."--Robert Edric, The Broken Lands

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Frederick Highland

Frederick Highland has been, according the seasons and the tides, a tropical agriculturalist, merchant seaman, and university lecturer. He has traveled widely, lived in the Far East, the Middle East, and Europe and currently writes in Washington state.

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Ghost Eater
A Novel
Frederick Highland

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2003
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312306717
ISBN10: 0312306717
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$24.95

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429975421
ISBN10: 1429975423
320 pages
$7.99
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