Title: The Conversion (Signed By Author)
Publisher: Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Clean text, no creasing on spine, binding intact, very light wear on covers and edges.Jackson Rhodes, a quiet, self-assured clinical psychologist, agrees to accompany Nat Arrington, a boisterous, womanizing attorney with political aspirations, to Ft. Lauderdale to bring the 40-foot sailing yacht Nat has purchased to Pensacola. Bookseller Inventory # 114807
Synopsis: When conservative psychologist Jackson Rhodes and his unlikely friend, flamboyant attorney Nat Arrington, fly to Fort Lauderdale to sail Nat?s new sailboat to Pensacola, they anticipate fair winds and following seas--an adventure to regale the cocktail crowd with at the yacht club back home. With radically different personalities, their friendship was forged when they married beautiful women who were lifelong friends. Milly Rhodes tolerates Nat because of her friendship with his wife, Carol. Her dislike for Nat stems from his inherent chauvinism, his condescension toward Carol, and his inability to keep his hands to himself, traits Jackson had failed to observe. A wild night ashore in Key West presents Jackson the side of Nat he had avoided recognizing and an introduction to the hundred mile rule: ?What happens a hundred miles from home stays a hundred miles from home.? Both wives expect their husbands to hug Florida?s west coast, dropping the anchor every night in protected coves--the conservative approach. Jackson, with no prior sailing experience, expects this as well but, after several days of smooth seas and light winds, yields to Nat?s argument that a rhumb line course straight across the Gulf of Mexico will not put them in harm?s way. At midnight the second day out, an unexpected and severe cold front moves across the Gulf, pushing a powerful squall on its leading edge. Seventy knot gusts and towering seas slam the forty-two foot boat, terrorizing the inexperienced sailors. Struggling to secure a dangling anchor, Nat is flung overboard when a bolt of lightning strikes the mast, leaving Jackson to deal with the raging seas alone. Fear is a dynamic motivator. Faced with extreme conditions, Jackson?s physical capabilities are tested, and he confronts psychological issues he has never encountered personally or professionally. In the worst of times, even the best of men stumble. Can one?s secrets be forgiven sans confession?
About the Author: Ron Tew counts it great fortune Mississippi?s largest bank holding company made him the offer he couldn?t refuse. After selling the bank, he trashed a collection of useless stuff and moved aboard his sailboat. During the next four years, he and wife Jeanne logged 25,000 nautical miles under sail. A career in banking and years at sea provided a rich diversity of characters and plots. In his words, ?Bankers and sailors, like fishermen, will lie for the sake of a good story.? He and his wife now make their home in Pensacola, Florida.
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