Review: ‘Final Passage’ by Timothy Frost (repost)

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I’m going to periodically repost some of my older book reviews, until I can get caught up on my reading enough to post regular reviews. This post was originally published in April 2010.

I just finished reading Final Passage (aff link) by Timothy Frost on my iPhone. I downloaded his novel from as a free purchase on Smashwords (note: the novel is only available on Amazon now). The novel’s synopsis looked really interesting, so I gave it a shot. And I must say, I’m glad I did.

The premise of Final Passage is the main character, Martin Lancaster, is trying to figure out what really happened to his father – who was killed at sea while sailing. During his investigation, Martin is unable to find his father’s logbook, a piece of evidence that would shed more light on the elder Lancaster’s untimely death.

With that plot in the background, Martin goes about his life, running his own advertising agency and trying to get his daughter Alice on a straight path towards responsible adulthood. But his business is in trouble and he’s unsure of his financial future. To complicate matters more, he owns a sailing yacht with his brother Ian, and they are supposed to travel to the Caribbean to race in one of the most prestigious sailing races in the world.

Martin’s ad business begins to crumble and he’s forced to sell out to an American company. He continues to run the British office, and the company even sponsors Martin’s upcoming sailing race. Martin and Ian fly to the Caribbean to meet an attractive young girl, Pippa (who happens to be the daughter of the man who bought out Martin’s company) to sail in the race.

Near the end of the novel, there are so many unexpected twists and turns, I was unable to guess how things would end up. And by the last page, I was very surprised – but in a good way. Frost manages to masterfully thread all the plot needles at the end, leaving no unanswered questions. Unlike a lot of novels, Final Passage left me feeling satisfied. Even now I continue to mull over the story and the plot, wondering how Martin’s life took a turn for the worse so quickly.

My favorite part of Final Passage, however, was how Frost wove the action with Martin’s personal life. This made Martin a fully developed character, one the reader can sympathize with and root for without any false pretense. I’ve often found I love reading about a character’s personal life. Even the small details of his/her work and home life can really draw me into the story.

Yes, I am recommending this novel to anyone who is looking for a good ebook to read. The price is free, but I would’ve gladly paid for the pleasure of reading Frost’s novel.

Have you read Final Passage? If so, leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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