Book Review: Ghost Boat


“All hands to battle stations.” The words still haunt Jack Hardy, even after thirty years. As a young Navy lieutenant, he watched as his submarine, the U.S.S. Candlefish mysteriously vanished in the Pacific amidst an attack by an unseen enemy.

Now, the Candlefish has emerged out of its own shadows, fully intact and in perfect working order, miles from Pearl Harbor. Only a return to the scene of the original incident can answer the question of what strange forces stole the lives of his crew. As Hardy leads a new team toward Latitude 30 North–a place known as the Devil’s Triangle–he realizes he must solve a riddle from the past or finally meet his fate.

As they near their destination, the ghostboat begins to reveal its secrets…and all may be headed toward a watery grave.

My Review:

Ghost Boat is an old book. It was first published in 1976. I didn’t know it, and I’ve never seen it, but I found out that the British made a movie or a TV series based on the book. I bought the book years ago, because whether I believe in it or not, the Bermuda Triangle is interesting to me. It’s fun to spectulate where all those missing boats and planes went.

I don’t especially like the book blurb. Yes, it’s accurate, but it makes it sound as if Jack Hardy was on fire to return to the Candlefish, but he wasn’t. Ed Frank, who was given the task of explaining how a World War II submarine came back looking pristine after thirty years, is the man who pushed Hardy to get involved in the project.

The book was exciting, ramping up the suspense in small, almost unnoticed bites that add up and create a whole new atmosphere in the sub. The characters are pretty well done, and I did like the plot. The ending could go only one of two ways, and I correctly guessed which way it would go. The book ends up being a combination of science fiction, time travel, and the supernatural, a combination that went well together.

Does this book sound like your cup of tea?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to Book Review: Ghost Boat

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    The premise sounds interesting, but it’s not one I would pick to read. There was a movie called “Devil’s Triangle” but it doesn’t sound like the same story. Thanks for sharing it with us!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Wow. This sounds like my cup of tea! Mystery, military, and missing sub.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      I was hooked when the Candlefish popped up in front of a Japanese freighter carrying a load of Datsun cars to the US. They towed her back to Pearl Harbor where despite being missing for 30 years, she was still in running order.

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  3. Actually, it rather does sound like my cup of tea. I did so enjoy the movie:The Final Countdown, with an aircraft carrier that went back in time.


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