Around the World in Three Boats

I just finished three books which were good and fascinating reads. One was “Beyond the Horizon” by Werner H. Klaus. This was more a travel-log than a sailing book. Klaus did sail around the world but his ports of call are lists: bang, bang, bang. And while the description of the locations was interesting there was very little about the sailing between these ports.

The second was “Force of Nature” by world renowned sailor Robin Knox-Johnston. Robin was the first man to sail non-stop around the world in the 1960s. I loved the book he wrote about that voyage. Not one to turn down a challenge, Robin in his 60s decided to enter the Velux around the world solo contest. While he came in third, his accomplishment against the idiotic comments that he was “too old” to be attempting such a challenge have been put to rest where they should be. His account of this voyage should encourage every so-called “senior citizen” not to be discouraged but to follow your dream. Forget the nay-sayers, just do it!

The third book is “In Search of a Soul” by Dannie Hill. This is a book which should have been picked up by Amazon as their Best Book of the Year (or whatever they call it) instead of the politically correct feel-good-to-prove-you’re-not-a-racist piece of trash they did pick.
Mr. Hill has a superb command of the language and the sailing descriptions are magnificent. The book does get a bit smaltzy in the last chapters, but if you are a sailor you will appreciate his word-pictures of solo-sailing around the world. All these books are available from

I write fiction about sailing and try to capture some of the joy and adventure of this marvelous past time, but these guys took a chance on losing their lives to live out their ambitions and they did a great job of it. If you read one or two, let me know what you think of them. And why should I be promoting OTHER authors’ work when I am a writer myself? Because they deserve any gain they receive for giving us true-life tales of life at sea.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on and available from . .
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