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A Novel

David Poyer

St. Martin's Press




Dr. Jack Scales, a prominent neurosurgeon, is at the peak of his career. To celebrate, he decides to make up for lost time and buys a sailing yacht christened Slow Dance, for a family cruise to Bermuda. But the family is strained: Jack's wife Arlen is secretly considering leaving the marriage; Rick, their bipolar twenty-year-old son, may need to be committed to a group home; Haley, a rebellious teenager, would rather be anywhere but trapped on a boat with her family; and Jack himself is not prepared for the challenge of the open sea.

Day by day, the Scales face mounting dangers. A lightning storm nearly destroys the boat, Rick's unstable condition worsens, and both Arlen and Haley realize that Jack is in over his head. Still, emerging from the storm, they find a fragile unity…until a man adrift on a raft leads them into danger against a terrifying gang of smugglers, who will stop at nothing to gain control of Slow Dance.

Filled with an expert seaman's knowledge and driven by conflicted characters, Ghosting is a new direction for an established author: a thrilling adventure as unpredictable as the sea itself.



Bon Voyage

The clubhouse had looked out over Manhassatt Bay for a hundred years. Accent lights in the boxwoods picked out a half-timbered Tudor second story over a glass first floor. Above the slate roof, nearly erased by the sky-glow...


Praise for Ghosting

“Plenty of angst, anger, and adventure, told with freshness and tension, from a master craftsman. Ghosting has it all: danger, treachery, action. David Poyer knows the sea. I've been reading him for nearly 20 years and he just keeps getting better and better.” —Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Paris Vendetta

Heart of Darkness meets The Perfect Storm. A jolting and darkly disturbing morality play of a family's fight for survival on the high seas. Packs the punch of a Category Five. Never for one second could I put this one down!” —Andrew Gross, New York Times Bestselling Author of Reckless

“Poyer draws on his nautical expertise to create a thrilling and disturbing portrait of what people will do when they have nothing else to lose. This dynamic sea thriller casts plot twists, conflict, and fear into the dark waves of uncertainty and will appeal to fans of Charles Williams's Dead Calm.” —Library Journal, Ron Samul, New London, CT

“The story line is fast-paced and filled with twisting action that grips the audience as one misadventure like waves keeps on coming.” —Harriet Klausner

“Poyer holds back no punches and spares no graphic description of life in a chilling account of high seas piracy...Ghosting is a story as true as the front page of tomorrow's newspaper, a taut yarn that could cause you to keep your mooring lines permanently cleated at their dock.” —Outlook Magazine

“More Heart of Darkness than Pirates of the Caribbean...So real, so visceral and so chilling that it may do for sailing enthusiasts what Jaws did to beachgoers.” —Virginia Living

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About the author

David Poyer

DAVID POYER's thirty-year career included service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, Pacific, the Pentagon, and the Mideast. He has written eighteen Navy and sea novels, as well as sailing and nautical articles for Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Southern Boating, Shipmate, Tidewater Virginian and other periodicals. His work is required reading in the Literature of the Sea course at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, along with that of Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville. He lives on Virginia's Eastern Shore with his wife and their daughter, with whom he explores the Bay and Atlantic coast in their sloop, Water Spirit.

David Poyer

David Poyer

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