The Keeper's Son

Homer Hickam

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Haunted by inner demons, Josh Thurlow returns home to Killakeet Island to command a small Coast Guard patrol boat manned by a colorful crew of locals. Dominating the glorious beauty of the little island is the majestic Killakeet Lighthouse, kept for generations by the Thurlow family. Its presence is a continuous reminder to Josh of the mysterious loss of his baby brother at sea seventeen years before, a tragedy for which he was blamed. But Josh is convinced that his brother might still be alive and begins searching for him even after German U-boats arrive and soak the beaches with blood.

Josh's quest puts him in the path of Otto Krebs-the most audacious of the U-boat commanders and a deadly enemy who may also hold the answers Josh is seeking. But when he meets Dosie Crossan, a young woman fighting her own war against the invaders, Josh must decide whether to risk all on a love that could destroy him or redeem him...

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Praise for The Keeper's Son

"Hickam builds a story of overcoming obstacles...[an] eloquent evocation of a lost time and place."--The New York Times

"Fantastic characters and a suspenseful, race-along plot."--The Washington Post

"The Keeper's Son is both beautifully written and nerve-wrackingly suspenseful... A home run." --Nelson DeMille

"A novel of adventure and romance set on this imaginary isle of wild horses, offbeat townsfolk and the colorful crew of a Coast Guard patrol boat...[a] page-turning story of loss, courage, and providence."--The Wall Street Journal

"Well-crafted characters, gripping naval warfare and colorful island life come together in this dynamic and exciting tale."-Publishers Weekly

"Hickam brings it all off flawlessly...making the reader believe extraordinary events are indeed possible."--Roanoke Times

"[An] irresistibly romantic WWII adventure...certain to seduce armchair sailors."
--Kirkus Reviews

"In this excellent story of World War II on the Outer Banks, Hickam deftly crafts a romantic, even melodramatic story...the pacing, the building of character with carefully chosen detail, and the masterful construction of a setting...evokes with great skill a time and a place that is passing out of living memory."--Booklist

"With this book, Hickam expands his range...into the realm of fiction in a compelling novel of war, romance, haunting guilt, victory. Thrilling." --Robert Morgan, bestselling author of Gap Creek and Brave Enemies

"Hickam's recollections of small-town America...are so cinematic that even those of us who didn't grow there imagine we did."--The Philadephia Inquirer

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Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam is the author of six previous books, most notably the #1 New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys, which was made into the acclaimed movie October Sky. He is a Vietnam veteran, a scuba instructor, a retired rocket scientist, and an amateur paleontologist. More than anything else, he loves to write. He and his wife, Linda, and their cats divide their time between homes in the Virgin Islands and Huntsville, Alabama.

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The Keeper's Son
Homer Hickam

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
August 2004
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312999490
ISBN10: 0312999496
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 448 pages
$7.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250037374
ISBN10: 1250037379
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages, Includes one map
$21.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429905442
ISBN10: 1429905441
352 pages
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