Taming the Barracuda

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AuthorHouse, 2004 - Fiction - 208 pages
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"Taming The Barracuda" is the story of a young man who, in 1867, leaves his home in Hannager, Wales and embarks upon a sea journey to see the world and to try his hand at the gold fields of California. Unforeseen troubles on the ship lands him in Guantanamo Cuba, where he signs aboard a 106 foot trading schooner named "Barracuda" Here, he works for the next four years with a Charismatic Creole Captain and his seven Latino crew members.

Gil, is the youngest of three brothers, and through them, has been well trained in all sports, including boxing and rugby football. His four year odyssey on the Barracuda takes him to adventures throughout the Caribbean and along the Eastern Seaboards of North and South America. Over the next four years the Barracuda defeats an attacking pirate ship, hijacks a French square rigger carrying a hold full of armaments, rescues a Mexican diplomat and his wife from the Cuban police, transports an American mining safari from South Carolina to South America and up the Orinoco river of Venezuela to a silver mine, drives off a threatening Spanish brigantine, and tracks down four English mutineers and delivers two of them to London. In his slack time, he challenges the Cuban Heavyweight boxing champion and defeats him in the ring.

At the end, he finds himself the owner of the Barracuda; a fairly wealthy man in his own right and stands alone at the window of his large Casa with a heavy heart, thinking of the beautiful tawny skinned girl that he let get away.

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