Pressure Falling – Short Stories of Stormy Seas
Are you warm, safe and dry?
Good - because the ocean can be a dangerous place and never more so than when the barometric pressure plummets and huge waves start to rise up from the deep.
These five short stories - chilling, funny and scary in turns - will show you just how ugly and dangerous the sea can become.
Make sure you are wrapped up warm and safe when you read this book, because the raw power of storms comes roaring to life in these terrifying tales:
- In 1959, the Smeeton’s tried to round Cape Horn in a tiny wooden sailboat - big mistake. And they made it twice.
- The 1979 Fastnet Race - the greatest tragedy ever to hit the sailing community.
- In 1993, Cam Lewis tried to fly past Cape Horn in the quickest sailboat on the planet - instead, he was humbled into a battle for survival.
- In 2001, Michel Desjoyeaux would have lost the Vendee Globe to Ellen MacArthur, if it wasn't for this one inspired 'MacGyver' moment.
- Discover how the scientists came to accept they were wrong about rogue waves.
Pressure Falling contains just five short non-fiction stories, followed by a sample from one of Mark Chisnell's novels. The latter may tempt you into buying another book... so please don't get 'Pressure Falling' if you feel that this is in some way underhand.
Pressure Falling has consistently topped the watersports chart on Amazon.co.uk.
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'I stumbled upon this collection of short stories quite by chance and discovered a string of seductive jems that I simply couldn't put down. Beautifully written, technically spot on, but nowhere near long enough. I just hope volume two is on its way.'
F Brown, Amazon.co.uk reviewer
Writing Pressure Falling
Several of the stories in Pressure Falling began as part of a book that I pitched to publishers in 2008. The idea was to tell the best sea stories I could find from the world's various oceans and famous maritime landmarks.
Publishers and agents always want a synopsis and a chapter or three to give them an idea of what the final book will look like with these kinds of proposals. So unsurprisingly - as this is all speculative work at this stage - I picked the easiest spot on the planet for good sailing stories, Cape Horn.
I loved writing the chapter with its tales of Commodore Explorer and the Smeetons, and when the project fell through I didn't want the work to just gather electronic dust on my hard drive. So I published parts of it as a blog on my website... and didn't think much more of it.
A year or two passed and the indie eBook bandwagon began to gather steam. I had already republished my two novels and I was investigating getting some of my non-fiction into the new format. Then I remembered the Cape Horn blogs, and it seemed obvious that a short story collection was their proper home. And so began Pressure Falling – Short Stories of Stormy Seas. One day, I hope there will be a second volume.