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   TROPIC SQUALL is a seafaring novel written by Ben Cherot and published by BQB Publishing of Alphareta, Georgia, chronicling the passage of one of the small tramps out of Miami trading in the Caribbean during August of 1992—in the path of Hurricane Andrew—one of history’s most violent and destructive storms. Few recent books deal with the world of tramp ships and the people who own and man them, a unique society that rows to the tune of a different drummer.

   A woman cargo-shipper takes passage on the tramp from Miami to Haiti, and during those three days she consorts with that ship’s cocky deck officer. Neither intends for it to be more than an ephemeral joy ride, never expecting the relationship to intensify into an endearing romance. Battered by the hurricane the ship sinks, making survival a test for the hardiest. Four of them share a rickety lifeboat through a storm-lashed night. In the face of disaster the protagonist realizes how deeply he loves the woman and battles to save her.

   Tropic Squall deals with the dreams and aspirations of people, as well as their tribulations—things most readers relate with. Struggle for survival and striving for betterment are universal. Love is the strongest emotion we experience and this book sweeps readers through the highs and lows of desire, fear, determination, and raging storms.


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