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Inhaltsangabe: Twenty years after his greenhorn days in William McCloskey’s bestselling novel Highliners, Hank Crawford stands tall as a respected fishing captain in Kodiak, Alaska.
Set amongst the tumult of the early 1980s, Raiders follows the struggles of the Alaskan fishermen as they regain control of their fishing grounds from the fleets of foreign companies, who have been plundering their bays. But such companies aren’t deterred, and instead contract American boats to catch the fish for them. In order to keep his family afloat—he swears—Hank signs on with a Japanese firm.
Shunned as a traitor by his peers, Hank keeps on fishing. Their disgust and his tainted ethics will all be worth it for the chance to keep on fishing. But when Hank begins to suspect that his new employers are playing a political game—and playing him as the pawn—he must confront the possibility that in order to find redemption, he’ll have to sacrifice all he has.
In this masterful finale to the Highliners series, McCloskey takes on the all-too-real horrors of the seafaring life: storms that can sink a ship, giant fish that can snap a man’s arm. For anyone in love with the Alaskan backdrop, the feel of hauling in fish, or traveling the ever-changing sea, Raiders is a story to read, cherish, and never forget.
From the Back Cover:
William McCloskey is back with another gripping, lively novel set against the backdrop of western Alaska, one of the world's grandest but harshest seafaring environments. Raiders continues the adventures of Hank Crawford, first introduced in McCloskey's best-selling novel Highliners as a greenhorn, now a respected fishing captain.
Raiders is set in the early 1980s, heady years for Alaska fishermen, as they wrest control of their fishing grounds from foreign fleets. Banned by quotas from plundering U.S. waters as they had before, the foreign companies now hire Americans to catch fish for them under contract. Having entered into such an agreement with a Japanese firm, Hank meets hostility from his fellow fishermen, who see him as a traitor. But, Hank tells himself, he's only doing what
he must in order to survive. He also has other things to worry about. His spirited wife Jody is captaining her own ship in perilous waters. The Turisfune family, owners of the Japanese fishing concern that bailed him out of debt, can take his boat if he's not profitable. And Kodama, the new Japanese crewman Hank befriended and hired, is rubbing Hank's men the wrong way with his aloof nature and samurai work ethic. But all pressures are worth it for the chance to keep fishing.
Over time, however, Hank begins to suspect that his new employers are using him as a pawn in a political game. Hank's attempt to win back his freedom without losing his honor takes him to Japan, and brings him face to face with the possibility that he may lose all he has in order to redeem himself.
Bill McCloskey vividly depicts the fishing trade: giant halibut strong enough to break a man's arm; storms that cover ships' decks with ice; camaraderie and competition. From Alaska to Japan to the Chesapeake Bay, Raiders portrays fishermen trying to hang on to an endangered way of life. This is a story for anyone who has gone to sea, or dreamed of it.
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