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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:394
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098397371
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098397364


by Daryl Haskew

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In the south, time is measured between hurricanes. She crept between Cuba and the Yucatan, parting the waves under a shroud of darkness. Only puddles from her rain, rumbling thunder, and debris on the beaches revealed evidence of her passing. Now, she was free. After a summer of record-setting heat, the water of the Gulf of Mexico began to boil. She consumed the available fuel, sending giant clouds skyward to the edge of space. As her eye formed, her power increased. Like a hungry beast, she consumed the warmth of the Gulf and drove it skyward, increasing her appetite even more. Soon, she became one of the most feared forces of nature . . . Hurricane. Growing stronger each hour and with nothing to guide her, she wandered aimlessly in the central Gulf. Unaware of her existence, the coastline to the north lay sleeping like an innocent child. Her winds screamed louder and louder with each passing minute as she moved northward her banshee cries resonating across the Gulf and into the dark void of outer space above. The warm sun shone brightly along the coastline hundreds of miles away. The gentle breeze across the bays, beaches, and pine-covered islands sensed no warning of her approach. She stalled and consumed the last bit of energy from the warmth of the Gulf. Beyond the horizon, Portersville enjoyed a beautiful day. On September 25, 1906, giant swells approached land and crashed into deep caverns with a sound like thunder. The vibrations resonated within the chest of Captain Bosarge. The deep sound echoed relentlessly as he peered across Portersville Bay toward the distant horizon. "She is upon us. She is upon us," he whispered. From ominous clouds in the distance, dark swirling columns attached themselves to the surface of the bay. Like performers on a stage, they danced to the rhythm of the pounding beat of the swells crashing in the distance. A lifetime of communing with the sea told him that she would not turn away, and soon it would be too late. His eyes dimmed
A flicker of lightning behind a thunderhead then a deep rumble marked the approach of a storm. Selena squeezed the hand of her handsome Greek husband. Together they peered across the vastness of the Gulf of Mexico while digging their toes into the cool sand. A weathered lighthouse offshore split the darkness, casting its light across the treacherous waters. They braced themselves against the wind gusts and pelting rain. Between lightning strikes, they watched the squall line draw nearer. A dark tendril reached skyward attaching itself to the cloud above. The waterspout danced along the outer sandbars then crashed ashore ripping and tearing before dissipating among the pines and sand dunes. Only twelve miles to the north, hotels glowed like jewels scattered along the shoreline. Bandstands blasted out music across the bay as vacationers danced under the stars and giant oaks. Children carrying torches and nets squealed and laughed while chasing crabs in the shallow grass beds. Lovers whispered as they walked along the banks of the bay. Old people sat in the glow of lantern light on their porches reminiscing of times gone by, legends of pirates, fast schooners, floating spirits, and the lost art of voodoo. Lightning on the southern horizon gave warning that the evening was about to change. Cy and Selena fled Greece to avoid a personal storm and protect their families. They knew that this same storm could cross the ocean and track them to Portersville. Dripping wet and chilled, they vowed never to run again.
About the author
In this, his first novel, author Daryl Haskew transports the reader into the exciting, mysterious world of Portersville. Spending decades in and on Portersville Bay allowed for personal experiences sailing, building boats, and constructing log homes. The Spring Hill College graduate and retired educator blends fact and fiction into a powerful saga spanning twenty years among the characters of what is now known as Bayou La Batre, Coden and Dauphin Island, Alabama.

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Portersville Good reading, well written, great storyline, highly recommend. Read more
Portersville Enjoyable reading! PORTERSVILLE helps the reader understand the historical sequence of events that helped shape our southern coast. At the same time, PORTERSVILLE entertains you with exciting fictional characters who show how grit, determination and good character ultimately prevails over evil intent. __ Bill Cleveland Read more
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