The title, The Crooked Albatross and Sweet Fanny Adams, pulled me in with its sly, ribald humor, and then immediately delivered with a first line which must rank among storytelling’s great beginnings.
This is a novel in the style of a good, old-fashioned yarn brought to life in modern times by author Leigh Cross who, I suspect, knows more about adventuring than he should. It is a tale of modern day piracy, smuggling, treasure hunting, and buccaneering that clicks along at a terrific pace through Vancouver, Panama, Costa Rica and a rather unpleasant South American island. The characters are eccentrics, misfits, and just appealing enough to keep us engaged throughout their quest for untold fortune—or at the very least, a quick buck. Fraught with clashing personalities and bad decisions, this ill-matched crew blunders its way from adventure to misadventure with a delicious inevitability.
The author’s impressive knowledge of small plane piloting and craft sailing adds heft to the story, as do his amusing observations into the different cultures—and their foibles—represented among the various characters.
If you feel like escaping from the tedious realities of your daily life, then catch the wave of this well-written tale and hang on tight for a wild ride that will leave you laughing, thoroughly satisfied, but rather happy to be on dry land yourself.