Shangghaied, A Review by Michael Violante

A 15 year old first generation American Irish boy in the mid-fifties runs away from home to pursue his dreams to work and travel on a cruise line around the world. Instead he wakes up on a cargo ship after being drugged and kidnap in Mobile, Alabama. And so starts, this true life adventure that will take the reader from Mobile, Alabama to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.

I found this to book to be a beautiful coming of age story of a young boy who grows up on his own terms. I lived as a young boy in the same area in Venezuela that the story takes place. I found Collins descriptions so real and vivid that it brought me back to my own past as I related with Jack.

A truly captivating read!


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Author of Innocent War
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