The Mudskipper Cup

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The life of Graham Kirk is awash with disappointment. At twelve years of age he had joined the Navy Cadets, full of hope and expectation, but a routine eye examination destroyed all his dreams of becoming a naval officer. In despair, he leaves the Navy Cadets and rejects all things to do with the sea. But it is not as easy as that. Tied to the sea through his father, a ship captain, Graham cannot break the pull of the sea. Furthermore, he can't abandon his two loves: model-ship building and Jennifer, the golden-haired Navy Cadet and daughter of a British naval officer. Now a teenager, his desire for her has consumed his being. Can he win her heart? And can he defeat the cheating bullies that will do all in their power to steal her heart and win the prestigious Mudskipper Cup? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christopher Cummings is a Vietnam veteran, teacher, parent, traveller, Officer of Cadets, and author of 35 books. Bushwalking, history and travel have added depth to his experiences. He grew up in Cairns and Cape York Peninsula, experiencing many adventures in the North Queensland bush and at sea in his father's ships, adventures he has woven into his books.
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DoctorZed Publishing
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Published on
Nov 27, 2011
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Pages
382
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ISBN
9780987206152
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English
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
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Fred did not die on his island, another heart attack did not happen. He had plenty of money and maybe, even some life time left. Fred made up his mind; he would go up and down the waterway searching for his lost boat, the MOLLY BROWN. She had to be hidden very well, no one has seen her.

With his old skiff he uses the current to drift south to a town. He rides a bus to Charleston, has a shootout with a black dope peddler that leaves him with drugs and a lot of cash.

He buys a boat that he can maneuver by himself, yet big enough to live comfortable aboard. With a new young boat bum and her little boy, he is again having boating enjoyment. Terry tells him of a catamaran sail boat that is peddling drugs, and is about to come into port to unload.

Fred boards the drug boat, to get rid of the drugs he had on his boat. The deal misfires and Fred ends up with more drugs and cash aboard his boat.

He finds that he has incurred the wrath of a crooked Custom Officer and his partner. They had planned a drug bust of their own. Fred and his new boat the MOLLY TWO escapes to go north to find his old hidden dope burial ground, to hide this dope. He had plans to clear his boat of any incriminating evidence.

Fred is almost buried alive in the new sand silt that has been pumped to over fill his islands hiding place. His stubborn insistence not to quit, sustained him. He lived to find his stash and offloads the dope. With only the money aboard, he resumes his searching for the MOLLY BROWN.

Stopped by the crooked Custom Officers he is physically abused in their anger. To save his own life he has another shoot out, and is victorious.

This is the story of Freds new adventures.

In 1656, a Spanish ship sinks under less than usual circumstances, and certainly not where treasure hunters of today expect. Where is the final resting place of the Maravilla, along with the gold, silver, and emeralds her hold contains? A Florida antique dealer, Ted Brewer, quite by accident finds a sketch with the necessary clues to the old ship's location. Unfortunately for him there is another who realizes Brewer is holding the key to a vast fortune, and is willing to brutalize and kill him for that information. Brewer, however, has insured the safety of his secret by sending half the sketch to his sister, Jennifer, and the remaining half to his old and trusted Marine Corps buddy, Jake Bottom. Jake, since his retirement from the Corps, has become an expatriated American, living on a houseboat in the Bahamas. His biggest problem, on any given day, is whether or not to leave his hammock and go sailing on his forty-one foot sloop, or just swing in his hammock out of the sun. Jake and Jennifer team up to solve the mystery of the two halves of the map and along with a reprobate friend of his, Mike Flynn, the three sail in search of riches. Cortez, a Columbian drug lord, has killed once for the sketch, and is not hesitant to do so again. With dogged determination, he hunts the three, as they attempt to keep him blind to their actions. No matter their precautions, Jennifer is nonetheless kidnapped by Cortez and taken prisoner aboard his luxurious yacht. Jake, who has become completely infatuated with his recent lady companion, and Flynn must somehow retrieve Jennifer, yet not lose their claim to the fortune awaiting them. The plan is complex. Using every bit of his sailing skills, and along with Flynn's expertise with demolitions, the two leap into the breech with little real chance of complete success. Dave Corbett grew up in the small, west coast, Florida town of Venice, where his love for sailing and boats in general began. After graduation from the University of Florida, he joined the United States Marine Corps, which he retired from as a full colonel in 1991. During his twenty-eight years of flying fighter jets, he commanded five organizations including a Harrier squadron, a Support Group, and a Marine Air Ground Task Force. Upon his retirement, in 1990, he lived his dream aboard a 41-foot sloop, sailing the winter months in the Bahama Islands for thirteen years. Corbett now resides, with his wife Donna, in Backus, MN during the summer and Lake Placid, FL when the snow flies up north.
Mt Bartle Frere is the highest mountain in Queensland. The Aboriginal name is Chooreechilum. Its massive bulk is covered in thick tropial rain forest full of leeches, snakes and prickly plants. The mountain sits at the headwaters of the Mulgrave River and the steep sides of the valley have been described by one of the early European explorers as 'truly awful country' - a real wilderness. To the North West of the mountain is the rolling farmland of the Atherton Tablelands - green, lush, well-developed, closely settled with farms, roads and towns.It is the start of the Christmas holidays - December in North Queensland - the 'wet' season in the tropics. Twelve year old Kylie and her friends Margaret and Allison travel with Kylie's mother in her car from Cairns to her grandmother's dairy farm on the Atherton Tablelands. On arrival they are confronted by a situation which immediately requires Kylie to act with determination and courage. She does so and an unexpected adventure begins.At the heart of the adventure is an old family legend. This will draw them into the rain-soaked, tropical jungle in the rugged country below Mt Bartle Frere. It will also draw in Kylie's older brother Graham and his friends of the 'Hiking Team': Peter, Stephen and Roger. But nature is not the only enemy. There are rivals - some known, others unsuspected.The adventure reaches its climax in a desperate life and death struggle against both man and nature which tests Kylie and her friends to their absolute limits of endurance.Suitable for teenagers.
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