An Exciting Story of Adventure and Romance!
billionaire uncle dies and you find out in the middle of the night you have
inherited his fortune. What do you
do? For patriotic high school history
teacher, John Driskil, the choice was obvious:
Save the SS United States, the world’s last great ocean liner, from the
scrap heap and sail her into New York Harbor on the Fourth of July.
by his small potatoes lawyer and best friend, Humberto Cabral, John Driskil sets
out on a journey to rescue the fabled ocean liner, pulling out all stops in a
no expenses spared renovation of the Big U.
Along the way, he dreams up other projects from rebuilding the first Giant Ferris Wheel to recreating lost Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces.
Will John lose
control of his uncle’s estate? Will the
SS United States sail again? Will John and Caleb’s love endure? There is only one way to find out…..
Excerpt of the Week:
Afternoon wore onto evening as the SS United
States was still docked at Southampton, continuing to prepare for her one
o’clock in the morning departure.
Throughout the afternoon the last of the provisions for the three and a half
day crossing were loaded into the storage bays and subzero freezers.
The ebullient mood of the passengers and crew
continued to grow with festive anticipation for the moment the Big U would cast
off from the dock and begin her odyssey to once again rule the Atlantic.
Five minutes to one in the morning, the
Southampton pier was a blaze with lights and crowded with well-wishers. Flashes
from electronic cameras blasted up and down the pier, their light reflecting
off the shiny black hull of the ship.
Passengers of the SS United States gathered on starboard outdoor
promenades, looking over the railings of the ship straining to catch a glimpse
of the crew making preparations to get underway.
Then, on the intercom system, throughout the
ship, the captain announced, “Stand by engines.” A voice in the background shouted out,
“Engines standing by.” John had asked
that the captain broadcast all the important ship orders over the intercom
system to let the passengers in on the drama of the ship’s departure.
“Are you ready to get underway?” the captain asked over the intercom.
A cheer came up over the crowds on and off the
ship while the reply over the intercom came, “Yes, ready to get underway.”
“Stand by for let go,” the captain called out
in his steady voice.
“Standing by for let go!” the crewman responded
over the intercom.
“Let go everything forward and aft,” the captain
commanded. With that the lines holding
the majestic ship were let go. The new
bow thrusters on the starboard side of the ship came to life, pushing the SS
United States away from the pier.
As the ship moved away from her mooring, the captain
ordered the original horns of the Big U to announce the occasion with a
triumphant blast. A roar from the crowds
of well -wishers packed onto the Southampton pier followed as ship passengers
popped champagne corks among a blizzard of biodegradable streamers and
confetti. The SS United States
orchestra, perched atop the new observation lounge above the bridge, played a
rousing rendition of “God Save the Queen” much to the delight of the pier
well-wishers. And as the ship gracefully
floated out into the Southampton Harbor, the orchestra followed with an equally
moving version of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Thank you from Kyle: Thanks to everyone who is purchasing the book! Every time I go and look at sales, they are increasing! I wish I could personally thank each iof you for the sale. I truly hope you are enjoying the story and that it stimulates your own dreams. Thanks for your well wishes and passion for saving the mighty Big U! - KT