Thursday, February 17, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE SINNERS

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE SINNERS

EDWARD S. AARONS

I’M POSTING THIS WEEK'S FORGOTTEN BOOKS POST A BIT EARLY AS I’M GOING TO BE IN A TIME CRUNCH LATER TODAY AND TOMORROW . . .

After posting up covers earlier this week from some of Edward S. Aarons’ long running Sam Durell espionage novels, I came across a copy of The Sinners, one of Aarons’ early stand-alones.

Published in 1953, The Sinners was Aarons’ fourth novel. In this outing, he dips into his knowledge of the sea – gained as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in WWII – to write an excellent if traditional Gold Medal tale of ordinary men faced with life-changing extrodinary events.

THE SINNERS

The hurricane was a dead calm compared to the violence that followed . . . the sinners

The schooner Pan had been a proud forty-foot creature of hardwood and brass and clean, white canvas. Now, torn and wounded, her foremast gone, her mahogany decks encrusted with salt and littered with debris, she limped into the quiet cove.

Her crew had suffered a sea change, too. Two men, friends since college, had set off with their wives for a basking, leisurely year's cruise of the Caribbean. But the storm had ended all of that – as if the wind itself had ripped away their masks of convention and courtesy to show them the primitive terrors and passions that only haunt the edges of our dreams.

If you enjoy Aarons’ Sam Durell novels then The Sinners is worth seeking out. From the pulps to Gold Medal Aarons cut his teeth at the typewriter pounding out taunt, tight, teriffic stories.

2 comments:

George said...

I've read all the Sam Durell series, but haven't gotten to Aaron's stand-alone novels. I'll have to rummage around the basement library for this one. Sounds good!

Todd Mason said...

I've liked the little I've read of Aarons...but I have to say, that's one of the most awkwardly-posed cover illos I've ever seen.