by Rex Burns
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can’t say I’ve ever read a book about life aboard a supertanker, which is one of the reasons I selected Rex Burns’ ‘Crude Carrier‘. When a crew member dies aboard the massive ship and the Captain provides little explanation to the family, the man’s parents ask James and Julie Raiford of the Touchstone Agency for help. James goes undercover as an electronics technician to find out what caused the son’s death while Julie follows leads on the outside by working with the tanker’s owners and the insurance company. What they find is a massive plot that threatens the lives of most of the crew, makes a small handful wealthy beyond belief, and almost gets both Raifords killed.
This is a well-constructed novel with plenty of insider information on these crude-carrying supertankers. I’ve never read a story staged on a tanker so found this fascinating. The characters are likable with enough hints about their background that I liked traveling with them and want to find out more. The plot is highly believable and perfectly paced with a good balance between constantly moving forward and leaving me breathless. Once I got started, I didn’t want to put the book down. It’s recommended for those who like a touch of learning with their fiction.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.