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The Lifeboat

A Novel

by Charlotte Rogan

The Lifeboat
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2012, 288 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2013, 304 pages

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Lisa Guidarini

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A page-turning novel of hard choices and survival that questions the foundation of human nature

Do you know what you'd be capable of in an extreme survival situation? This is one of the main themes Charlotte Rogan explores in her novel, The Lifeboat. When human nature is pitted against the impersonal power of the raw elements, can man prevail by use of intellect alone, using only the limited resources at hand?

At first the shipwreck survivors in The Lifeboat feel fortunate to be alive, though they're tortured by not knowing what happened to their loved ones. Their hearts ache in despair as they see the extent of the wreckage from the burning, sinking ship, however they still assume imminent rescue.

The passengers of the lifeboat paddle their oars with all their might to escape the incredible suction created by the ship's sinking. Once free from this initial danger, they are bombarded by desperate, drowning souls who swim for the already over-crowded lifeboat. As they cling ...

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