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Hatteras Light #2020

Hatteras Light Set off the treacherous Outer Banks of North Carolina during the final days of the First World War Hatteras Light is the compelling story of the dedicated keepers of the Hatteras lighthouse and their

  • Title: Hatteras Light
  • Author: Philip Gerard
  • ISBN: 9780895871664
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hatteras Light By Philip Gerard, Set off the treacherous Outer Banks of North Carolina during the final days of the First World War, Hatteras Light is the compelling story of the dedicated keepers of the Hatteras lighthouse and their tightly knit community For generations these men have drawn their livelihood from the sea, served in the rescue of shipwreck victims, and gaurded seagoers from the hazardoSet off the treacherous Outer Banks of North Carolina during the final days of the First World War, Hatteras Light is the compelling story of the dedicated keepers of the Hatteras lighthouse and their tightly knit community For generations these men have drawn their livelihood from the sea, served in the rescue of shipwreck victims, and gaurded seagoers from the hazardous shoals Their wives and daughters endure a difficult, solitary life, their fortitude constantly tested Loyal to one another and to a traditional way of life, the islanders are suspicious of outsiders and censorious of those who leave The insular world of these Hatterasmen disrupts when a German U boat reveals itself offshore, indiscriminately sinking civilian and military vessels, challenging the courage of the lifesavers, and signaling the dawning of a darker, less honorable age.Over a few crucial days, we become intimate with these men and women, and with the German officers aboard U 55 who have made the islanders lives hell.What emerges is an adventure story full of wisdom and compassion, a novel unfailingly accurate in portraying the struggle of man and sea, man against man, and of men and women Based on historical fact, Phillip Gerard s novel is a powerful book whose storytelling represents the most human tendencies in life and art.

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    1. This was the perfect book to read on the beach during my week at the Outer Banks It had beautiful writing, and it was fun to look out over the waves and imagine the events taking place on those very waters This was a fictional but historically based account of the life saving and lighthouse keeping team during WWI when a U boat shows up off the coast Very interesting with good characters.

    2. I liked this book for its original storyline and interesting setting It took me a little while to warm to the characters, so I felt like I was just getting to understand them better as the novel drew to a close This left me feeling like I wanted to know about what they would do after the events of the story I found the characters Malcolm, Patchy and Max Wien the most interesting.I felt some of the other characters needed to be developed .There were some interesting themes explored in the novel [...]

    3. Philip Gerard teaches creative writing at UNC Wilmington and his students are incredibly lucky to have an accomplished story teller sharing his knowledge and skills with them He writes in such a seamless and conversational way that almost instantly the reader is transported back to the big war and the fear of German U boats cruising the east coast He makes the lighthouse keepers come alive Their support network which includes wives and other family members as well as friends make the story so we [...]

    4. I had the pleasure to discover this incredibly talented story teller quite by accident Hatteras Light was the first of his novels that I read and I was so swept up in his character creations that I found myself in the midst of them as the story developed And being an old sailor, I really appreciated the personalities and attitudes with which Philip imbued them The story was so real, I felt the salt spray If you want to read a truly gifted storyteller, rush right over to and order a copy of this [...]

    5. A solid novel about life on the Outer Banks of North Carolina during the waning days of World War I At the core of the story are the courageous men of the U.S Lifesaving Service and the keepers of the local lighthouse who dealt with the aftermath of German U Boat attacks on coastal shipping Gerard s debut novel is part war story and part romance Brilliant local color and the islander s intense pride of place make it an inspiring read.

    6. This was a short fictionalized version of what it was like to live on the Outer Banks during the German sub attacks during WW2 Though it was fiction, it was historically accurate about how freaky it was to have u boats so close by.

    7. Does a really good job of capturing a unique time and place in history I ve always been fascinated by the people who manned lifesaving stations in the era before motorized boats became the norm.

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