Mariners Nine takes us on a rip-roaring modern-day odyssey across the high seas in a beautiful fifty-foot sloop called the Ancient Mariner. We sail from the marshes of West Mersea in Essex across the Atlantic to Barbados, Panama, the Galapagos, Tahiti, Patagonia and Peru. One of the mariners, Pete, is left with the sea in his blood, and makes life-changing decisions for himself, his wife Sarah, and their children. Then, in the waters off Barbados he meets man's greatest enemy at sea. A hurricane? A maelstrom? No: a silent shadow designed for killing... Mariners Nine has instant appeal to yachting enthusiasts everywhere. Wonderful descriptions of life at sea, topography and wildlife enrich the text, and references to Chekhov's plays and Coleridge's epic Rime of the Ancient Mariner create interesting resonances. If you have read PW Mortimer's previous vels, you'll kw about his love of adventure and his eye for revealing details. As the author says, enjoy the trip!