Popular Long Voyage Back By Luke Rhinehart go inside Ebook Luke Rhinehart is the pen name of
Popular Long Voyage Back By Luke Rhinehart go inside Ebook Luke Rhinehart is the pen name of the author George Cockcroft.George Cockcroft was born in the United States, son of an engineer and a civil servant He received a BA from Cornell University and an MA from Columbia University Subsequently he received a PhD in psychology, also from Columbia He married his wife, Ann, on June 30, 1956 He has three children.After obtaining his PhD, he went into teaching During his years as a university teacher he taught, among other things, courses in Zen and Western literature He first floated the idea of living according to the casting of dice in a lecture The reaction was reportedly of equal parts intrigue and disgust, and it was at this point he realized it could become a novel Cockcroft began experimenting with dice a long time before writing The Dice Man, but this made progress on the novel rather slow.In 1971, a London based publisher, Talmy Franklin, published The Dice Man, Cockcroft s first novel as Luke Rhinehart Soon afterwards, he was engaged in the creation of a dice center in New York City.In 1975, he was involved in a round the world voyage in a large trimaran ketch Later, he spent some time in a sailboat in the Mediterranean, where he taught English and from there moved to a former Sufi retreat on the edge of a lake in Canaan, New York.On 1 August 2012, at the age of 80, Cockcroft arranged for his own death to be announced It was later revealed as a joke.. With the fate of the planet hanging in the balance, retired naval officer and Naval Academy graduate Neil Loken steers a trimaran and her passengers to the literal end of the earth in this taut thriller about a small group of friends escaping a nuclear holocaust.. The best Book Long Voyage Back An okay read. Somewhat dated and not just because the political situation in the world has changed. I agree with the author in terms of war and especially nuclear war. As I grow older I have come to realize that war is an imbecilic thing and great pains should be made to avoid it. Rhinehart portrays a world that would be a horrible place indeed if the bomber and missiles ever fly. There is little in the way of hope and even the ending is just a thin ray of sunshine. However there are other aspects of the story that feels clunky in 2016. It's obvious that it was written in 1980/1981 and reflects the concerns of that time and possibly the author's politics. I feel confident that the unnamed President of the United States is based on Reagen (at least how Mr. Rhinehart saw him) and I suppose thirty-five years ago it seemed likely that Ronnie was going to push the button. I recall the early years of the 1980's when the Cold War heated back up and I don't fault the author for believing that the United States might initiate a war considering what was taking place in the early years of the 1980's (Iranian hostages, Soviets invade Afghanistan, crack down on labor unions in Poland, war in Central America, bad economic news, renewed arms race). Looking back on that time it's amusing to realize that ten years later the Soviet Union would cease to exist But hindsight is 20/20 and nobody would have predicted a relatively peaceful end of the Cold War in just a decade. Actually it seemed like a pipe dream. Many of us believed that the only way the Cold War was going to end was with a hot war. In Mr. Rhinehart's novel those who are involved with the military and the government do not come across as admirable people nor do those who are part of the high levels of the modern world (stockbrokers, businessmen, developers and so on). Those folks receive some of the blame for the war since they contributed to the economy that fed the war machine. This is definitely not a Tom Clancy novel. However a good post-apocalyptic nuclear war novel isn't hampered by changing times. Pat Frank's classic Alas, Babylon is a prime example of a novel that has long been obsolete not only due changing politics, but technology, science and society. However that book has never been out of print since it arrived in 1959. Any good book can outlast it's time when it achieves a balance that gives it a timelessness. Admittedly achieving such a thing is like catching the proverbial lightning in a bottle. It's a rare and magical thing that many try to accomplish and fail at. Seems to be one of those things that happen when least expected. "Long Voyage Back" does not achieve this feat. It's a well written novel and Mr. Rhinehart is obviously a capable and intelligent writer. His novel is many notches above the machine gun and muscle macho nuclear Post Apocalyptic fare so typical of the time period. See Total War and Pilgrimage to Hell as a couple outstanding examples of the other type. It's thoughtful, dark, and horrifying, but it isn't all that exciting or suspenseful. The fact that it takes place on a large sailboat and that Mr. Rhinehart obviously knows his way around the nautical world actually hurts. There are times I found myself at a total loss as to what was going on. Many of the nautical terms were confusing and I had a difficult time picturing the layout of the vessel. A diagram or two of the craft would have helped along with a glossary of terms. The action sequences were probably more realistic, but they weren't very suspenseful and for such a competent writer Mr. Rhinehart actually indulged in many a cliche and stereotype. For example our hero , the captain, is a real he-man. Very much cut from the macho mold of the time and is nothing much to get excited about as a result. Add to this the fact that there are long sections in which the characters lecture one another and/or the writer lectures the readers and you end up with a book that tends to drag at times. When I began this review I stated that the book was okay and I stand by that. I read it a little bit at a time and often skimmed over pages since there were often times that the story tended to bog and nothing was lost by a little speed reading. The world that is created in "Long Voyage Back" is intriguing enough to hold one's attention for short periods of time, but it isn't a read from front to back in one night. It might be more realistic, but it isn't engrossing. Though not as bleak as The Road it's about as interesting (yes I am going against Oprah Winfrey - sorry). Now maybe it's wrong to want a novel set in such a horrific world to be exciting, but I do and this one doesn't achive that. So two stars for creating a terrifying and plausible setting, but no more.