Gift of the Seas

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Categories: Fantasy
Publisher: Amber Quill Press | Date published: 01/01/2007


Adam Carlysle has had a bad year. First his wife, Erin, leaves him for his business partner, Cynthia, taking with him their life savings and their half of their business, which imports primitive Pacific artworks. Then he discovers that he has an inoperable form of cancer, the TV blows its picture tube and his laptop packs it in. But does Adam roll over and play dead? Not on his life. He sells his last remaining asset, his house, buys a sailboat, stocks it with cognac and sails into the Pacific ... where his bad luck only seems to continue when he is shipwrecked in a storm. Then Adam's fortunes change. He meets a beautiful Eurasian called La'iki with whom he falls in love, finds a race of mythical dwarf people known in legend as the menehunes and discovers that there is a supreme race of Gods who possess all knowledge but only parcel it out to humanity as and when they feel humanity can handle it. These gods miraculously cure him of his cancer and La'iki's love restores the self-esteem he lost with his wife's treachery. Oh, yes, and he also gets to watch his treacherous wife and her girlfriend--who have followed him, hoping to get their hands on menehune relics--get blown up by sailing too close to where lava from an active volcano flows into the sea. All this within the space of a few months, or weeks, or... Well, it's somewhat difficult to tell exactly. For the coast guard insists there is no way Adam could have survived the original storm...