A war-damaged veteran on a mission to self- destruct…
… a controlling father pushing him ever closer to the edge…
… and a yachtswoman who gives all she has to hold him back.
And between them all, there’s an old boat with dark secrets, and perhaps a mind of its own.
Old Eddie was fascinated by Viking culture and when he dies of cancer, his grandson, Jack, decides to restore Eddie’s beloved boat, Draca.
Jack is suffering from PTSD after his experiences in Afghanistan that left him damaged physically and psychologically. He is at odds with his father, Harry and his marriage to Charlotte is struggling too. He meets George, at the boatyard and she sees more than people know and has serious worries about Jack and Draca.
Will Jack give Eddie the send off he wanted, or is he on a different path?
This is a story of grief, not only that for lost family but of friends and the past. It deals with the stresses suffered by those in the armed forces, all set against the atmospheric sea and sailing. Beautifully descriptive, full of tension but with an emotional heart. A stunning read.
Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and my thanks to Geoffrey Gudgion for an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.
You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2Lm7207
Draca was released by Unbound on 14th May. Coronavirus logistics issues may result in Amazon being temporarily out of stock of paperback copies until early June. During this period Unbound will accept orders directly and will ship free of UK postage via https://unbound.com/books/draca/
PRAISE FOR DRACA
‘A terrific and compelling story which highlights mental and physical challenges that many who have served will recognise.’
General Sir Nick Parker Commander British Forces Afghanistan 2010
‘A cracking, believable yarn made even more authentic by the wonderfully descriptive sailing scenes – and by falling in love with the true heroine, the Bristol Channel pilot cutter Draca.’
Ewen Southby-Tailyour OBE, former Yachtsman of the Year
‘Tension release, tension release, fear, laughter, fear, lust, so you don’t notice the tightening of the noose … the story sucks you in and won’t let go.
Suzie Wilde, Author of Sea Paths and Obsidian
‘A really cracking read about a soldier who attacks his battlefield demons through his passion for sailing – and sadly still needs help’
Sir Peter Wall, President of Combat Stress
Author royalties from Draca are shared equally with the veterans’ charity Combat Stress.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
GEOFFREY GUDGION served for over 10 years in the armed forces, and made his first attempts at writing fiction during quiet moments on deployment. He later stepped off the corporate ladder, in the midst of a career in marketing and general management, specifically to release time to write. His first novel, Saxon’s Bane, reached #1 in Amazon Kindle’s ‘Ghost’ category, and he now writes full time. When not crafting words he is an enthusiastic amateur equestrian and a very bad pianist.