Fiction - General
208 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2015
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Author Biography

Though far from the open sea, Nebraska produced a man whose love of adventure led him from the Central Plains to become midshipman up to commander of the largest container ship in the American merchant marine fleet.

Joseph Jablonski was born in 1948 and spent 30 of his 66 years circumnavigating the world on an odyssey that would bring him to test the limits of his courage and stamina.

At age 50, Jablonski relinquished his role as captain for that of writer. This story, and Three Star Fix that precedes it, reveal the heart of a man engaged with the world, undaunted by its challenges, and at peace with his own nature.

Joe died of natural causes in 2014, before Landfall was published.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In a great shorter-form novel, Landfall, by author Joseph Jablonski, we follow Jake Thomas, a man who's ready for a different kind of life after spending thirty years working at sea. But he finds it difficult to put his old life behind him, especially when the past comes looking for him. When Jake was young and a new deckhand, he worked on a boat where a tragedy occurred. A young woman, the wife of a difficult man, was murdered on board. The crime was never solved and now, all these years later, her children have found Jake, hoping he can provide the answers they desperately need.

Author Joseph Jablonski did a fantastic job in a short amount of space. Writing a complete, intriguing and ultimately satisfying story in a shorter length book is often a challenge, and many authors are not capable of doing it well, but Mr. Jablonski pulls it off. In an interesting story within a story style, Landfall is an exceptional read. In a way, its length is perfect as once you pick this book up you won't want to put it down until it's done. Landfall will appeal to any reader who loves fiction, historical fiction, books where the sea is practically another character, or just plain good books. I am very pleased to be able to highly recommend Landfall by Joseph Jablonski. I hope that the author is hard at work on his next book, as I will certainly be lined up read it when it is done.