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THE JONAH WATCH by Jack Cady

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The crew of the Adrian, a Coast Guard search and rescue cutter, find themselves ice-bound off the coast of Maine in an unnatural winter. These men are no strangers to foul weather and close quarters,but when they are trapped off-shore, they find themselves at odds with one another . . . and with the sea. Strange events start to occur, and a pair of ghostly apparitions haunt the crew. Unable to escape and faced with their own worst fears, the crew begins to unravel. Can they trust their senses? Can they trust each other?
 
With chilling authenticity, Jack Cady gives us an evocative portrayal of the sea's terrifying beauty. The superstition of the “Jonah”—that sailor who is touched by the supernatural—has haunted seafarers since they first answered the waves’ siren call.
 
This edition of The Jonah Watch is part of The Cady Collection, and contains supplemental material, including a non-fiction piece written for U.S. Coast Guard Magazine, a short story written a decade after the initial publication of The Jonah Watch, as well as a poem that appeared in The Skipper magazine.
 
The ghosts of The Jonah Watch continue to haunt long after that fateful winter . . .
 
“Jack Cady, former Coast Guardsman, writes with authority about the sense of mystery and unreality, the mixed emotions and the abrasive relationships that exist among the crew of the cutter . . . The mood of the sea in intense.”
 
     —Seattle Times
“Fascinating . . . vividly written . . . highly recommended.”
 
     —Library Journal
“A hard-edged narrative that conceals within its intricate voice the imminence of the supernatural . . .”

     —Tulsa World


“ An exceptional writer.”

     —Joyce Carol Oates


“A writer of great, unmistakable integrity and profound feeling.”

     —Peter Straub


“[Jack Cady is] a lasting voice in modern American literature.”
 
     —The Atlanta Constitution
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