THE EXTRAORDINARY SEAMAN by Phillip Rock

THE EXTRAORDINARY SEAMAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The extraordinary seaman"" is one Commander Flinchaven, a ghost, no less, whose soul can be released from the curse of a disappointed grandfather only after being properly dispatched in battle with an enemy ship at least of the cruiser class. How the wandering commander achieves salvation through the bumbling of a crew of incompetents makes a readable story, albeit a bit long on imagination and short on plot. Perhaps the only thing really wrong is that Mr. Rock, like Flinchaven, takes himself a bit too seriously, and therefore what could have been a tellingly whimsical commentary on a bottom-heavy structure of values becomes a very ordinary ""straight"" novel of no particular distinction.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Meredith