How Well the Sailors Run by Samuel Cronin

The story of the Prodigal Son retold as a sea adventure.

In cozy Springwick Harbor, Wade’s desire is to follow in the footsteps of his adoptive father, Abner, and become the Lighthouse Keeper. But Abner has chosen his natural son Jeshurun as First Assistant and successor. Wade is so jealous of Jeshurun’s favor that he decides to do what no sailor in town is brave enough to do: sail away on the cursed vessel Vermillion Mourning to become the Keeper of the Hostel Sound Lighthouse. It’s a mythical, diabolical place—rumored to cast bent light. Wade knows he shouldn’t stray, but Dion tempts him with its lure. Dion, a landlubber, is more jealous than even Wade. He wants to destroy him, as well as every other sailor in Springwick Harbor, before they fulfill their dreams asea. As they embark, they are joined by Jeshurun, who will stop at nothing to ensure Wade’s survival—even at the risk of his own life. Along with a loopy captain named Captain June, the three deckhands must brave severe winds and waves, leaky holds, heat exhaustion and starvation as they round Cape Horn on a sail that will determine not only Wade’s identity, but also the fate of an entire generation of Springwick Harbor sailors.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted April 20, 2012
  • Last updated April 20, 2012
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  • Tod Schneider's avatar
    Tod Schneider wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    A very interesting opening chapter, with a strong protagonist on a mission. Great descriptions and dialog. Critique-wise, if I was to tinker with one main thing it would be to condense the opening 13 paragraphs of narrative, and get us into the dialogue quicker. Other than that there were just a few lines in chapter one that caught my eye as maybe needing attention: "He set his eyes on grasping her helm" sounded odd to me, like the eyes would ...
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  • Kerrie Price's avatar
    Kerrie Price wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    Samuel, looks as though you have a good story here, with a strong message. Well written, with beautiful descriptive passages and well developed characters. High stars, and I wish you every success.

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    KMac23 [Retired] wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    I read your first chapter and am watchlisting this and going to read more later. I love the pictures you are able to create, and your characters who emerge immediately as people of interest. Wow, such rich, descriptive scenes and suspenseful action. So far I've given you 5 stars, but I think as I read further, it will be a 6 star book for me! You've caught my interest...

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    Wanttobeawriter [Retired] wrote 2 years, 8 months ago
    HOW WELL THE SAILORS RUN This is an interesting story. I like the myth of a cursed ship (altho I’d like an explanation of why it is cursed up front). You have a good character in Wade; he’s likable because he’s trying so hard to improve his lot in life; sympathetic because sailing a haunted ship when he can’t even swim may be a harder task than he envisions. Best of all I like your writing style; I think it’s ...
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  • David Olawoyin's avatar
    David Olawoyin wrote 2 years, 8 months ago
    Your book idea is indeed brilliant and you right well. Your pitch, however, seems a bit complex and rather long for the genre. You might want to look for a way of simplifying it and highlighting the core of your story. You sound like someone who has truly been at sea, or at least is well informed about such. It is indeed my hope that I would be able to back this work very soon. Thanks very much for the ...
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  • Margaret0307's avatar
    Margaret0307 wrote 2 years, 8 months ago
    A very well-written gripping story. I know very little about the sea and the sailor's life which made it even more interesting for me. I particularly like the conversations between the different characters showing your very great talent as a writer. I would echo the comments of others that this book should be published! A great read and highly recommended. I have given it 6 stars and a backing will follow when I have room on my shelf! God Bless ...
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  • JS Harding's avatar
    JS Harding wrote 2 years, 8 months ago
    Samuel, I started reading your book the other day and finished it this morning. I love it. What an amazing correlation you've assembled in this story with the parable of the Prodigals son. Your characters are interesting, intriguing and well placed throughout the story. The tale paces itself at a rate that keeps me turning the pages. I like how you've gone into such detail when drawing the mental pictures of the ships, the scenery and the atmosphere on board ...
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      JS Harding wrote 2 months, 1 week ago

      Well this is interesting...I didnt write this review...nor did i place it on my shelf. Im wondering who did using my account etc.

    • JS Harding's avatar
      JS Harding wrote 2 months, 1 week ago

      OOPS im sorry samual...I did write the review..i meant to post that on another review that someone evidently posted on another authors page.....My bad my friend. I loved ur book and i did write every word of that review and meant it. This was a bad mistake on my part as i meant to post that comment elsewhere. Please feel fre to remove it if wont let me do it.

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  • Dianna Lanser's avatar
    Dianna Lanser wrote 2 years, 10 months ago
    Oh wow, Samuel! This is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Rich in emotion and detail, as carefully and beautifully crafted as any ancient sailing vessel. You have a gift… How Well The Sailors Run should not be sitting here wasting it’s time on autonomy. Instead it should find an agent and get sold. This is ready for the world to discover. The craftsmanship of your writing, the deep undercurrents of your characters, the seasoned tone of voice and wisdom ...
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  • faith rose's avatar
    faith rose wrote 2 years, 10 months ago
    Dear Samuel, O wow. This is wonderfully written. I just had a chance to read your first chapter today, but I am already completely impressed. You have a marvelous way with words...truly, your language is amazing. From word choice to sentence variation to just feels so smoothly connected and so very readable. For example, your line: "She was dark. And rugged. Snarled in light." truly showcases your beautiful rhythm. The end of chapter one also was masterfully done. I ...
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  • JamesRevoir's avatar
    JamesRevoir wrote 2 years, 11 months ago

    Hello Samuel:

    What a gifted storyteller you are! Not only do you weave an enthralling tale, but you incorporate wonderful diction throughout. You have taken a passion and turned it into a wonderful treasure.

    This is a book of which you can be very proud.

    Blessings to you!


  • Kenneth Edward Lim's avatar
    Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    Samuel, I could taste the salty spray, feel the breeze ruffling my hair as you shared your joy for the boundless sea and the sailing on it. Your phrasing is not only descriptive visually but also catches every nuance of thought and feeling as your characters struggle with the hardships of nautical life. I found Wade sympathetic and experienced his hopes and dreams, even as he veered in the wrong direction, and I realized that he had the strength of ...
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  • Shelby Z.'s avatar
    Shelby Z. wrote 2 years, 11 months ago

    This is an action packed opener.
    I think if flows well at it's fast paced speed.
    You have a mix of things going on so fast in a few places that it is hard getting to understand what is happening.
    Otherwise I like the title a lot.
    Grand work with this.

    Shelby Z./Driving Winds

    P.S. Please take a look at my Christian pirate adventure Driving Winds.

  • scargirl's avatar
    scargirl wrote 2 years, 11 months ago

    great title. interesting premise. strong beginnings. really well done....
    what every woman should know

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    mapleyther [Retired] wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    Samuel Intrigued by the title of the book, I decided to take a peek. My curiosity was well rewarded because I think this is a very interesting piece of work. Although the Prodigal Son has been reworked in a number of different ways, I haven't seen it in a nautical context. I thought the first chapter in particular, was a good opening. Not giving a lot away about what this is all about at first and then ends with the ...
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