Freighter Captain Book Summary and Study Guide

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A straight shooting ship captain from New Orleans signs on a decrepit old freighter carrying breaker freight (no containers!) from New Orleans and Miami to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Captain encounters rich but cheap ship owners, thieving Haitian charterers, the corrupt police of the Duvalier regime in Haiti, desperate Haitians and Dominicans, a Haitian jail, and rolling seas and high winds tha threaten to break his old ship apart. It is a very realistic portrait of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica in the 1980s. Captain Hardberger experienced it all in person, and he gives a superb (albeit fictionalized - to protect the "innocent" ) account of what happened.
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The review of this Book prepared by Neil Okrent

A ship captain and his crew fight stowaways, pirates, and thieves in the modern Caribbean. Based on a true story.
The review of this Book prepared by Max Hardberger

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Water adventure    -   Yes Water:    -   on the ocean surface    -   pirate attack!

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Caribbean Island

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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