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Author and Book Information
RAYFORD E. HAMMOND
is a retired U.S. Navy Commander who served his
first shipboard tour in an icebreaker deployed to
the Antarctica. Although his recently
released novel, THE ICE BREAKER INCIDENT, is
fictional, the author's first-hand knowledge of
life aboard a Navy icebreaker serves to add
credibility to this account.
This is the author's second published novel. His third, I AM THE WIND, a fictional, inspirational account based on the death of his 17-year-old daughter, is scheduled to be released in October 1999.
See author's other soon-to-be-released books:
I AM THE WIND -- October 1999.
THE SWALLOWS KNOW -- January 2000.
THE ICE BREAKER INCIDENT
U.S. Navy icebreaker, Polarwind, rams through the
frozen Antarctica, relations between some of the
ship's junior officers and the domineering
captain soon become as chilly as the air around
them. The tension finally comes to a head when in a
few blurred, flashing seconds the commanding
officer disappears into the icy waters and
the icebreaker's First Lieutenant, Bob Stevens,
is accused of pushing him overboard.
Navy JAG lawyer Andrew Jackson Burke must use all of his technical skills and southern wiles in an attempt to attain acquittal, as even the confused and frightened lieutenant is uncertain whether he pushed the captain or tried to save him.
The author retired from the U.S. Navy after a twenty-three-year career during which he served in a variety of ships, although none were as unique as his duty aboard an icebreaker while deployed near the South Pole.
NOTE: THE ICE BREAKER INCIDENT was recently nominated by the Library of Virginia Center for the Book for the Library of Virginia 2000 Fiction Award
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