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Wake of the Raven [Kindle Edition]

Graham Worthington
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Wake of the Raven is a story of the world's corruption, of forbidden desire and its awful consequences. In 1951 Stuart seeks to repair his broken marriage, and heads back to England in pursuit of his faithless wife. He must first cross the South China Sea to Singapore, a minor step in a long journey. But when an accident burdens him with the care of a precocious girl, the journey becomes a nightmarish odessey through storm, desire and death.

The mere hundred miles or so of sea is now an impassable barrier, confining him and his bitter thoughts to a narrow strip of sand and jungle, and he is reduced to an animal struggle for survival, with nothing but the girl and thoughts of the dead as companions.

Evil wars in Stuart with good, and desire with conscience. But when the girl's greater problems arouse his sympathy, it seems that good will triumph, for he unselfishly promises his help.

The result is a disgrace that strides towards him fully armed, with disgrace, murder and suicide clenched in its fists.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193424807X
  • Publisher: Angry Orchid Publishing; 1 edition (12 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in England. Not the England of bustling London, nor even the southern counties, but the North of great industrial towns, separated by vast expanses of hills and moors, the land of "Wuthering Heights." I read a lot from childhood onwards, and attempted my first short story at age eleven.

"Would you like to be an author?" a girl asked me in my teens; "there's no money in it," I replied, not from desire for wealth, but from desire for life, and travel, which require a solid job to bring in the cash. So I worked, and travelled through life, though experience, through the world, yet always the dream of the novel drifted in the back of my mind.

Europe I saw, touching its worn stone, and ancient Istanbul, and crazy Rio de Janeiro; and America too, from cold Toronto to sweltering Miami, touching its chill chrome, its smooth plastic. Then the story entered my mind, lived there, grew, and kicked the sleeping dream awake, till at 8.30 pm on the thirty-first of December, 1999, I paused as I left the shower. Soon, I thought, soon the century ends, mere hours, and the novels are still only an idea. So I opened a Word file....

My first published novel is Wake of the Raven, available on Amazon, the first of a series chronicling a disastrous love affair from the early nineteen-fifties to the end of the century. I'm pleased with it, and the second in the series is partly written.

But I wanted to first try something completely different, in a different style, so my latest published is Zorn, set in 2035, and tracks the lives of Zorn Mayhew and Emma Ellis, descendants of Stuart Ellis, in a changed world of the not too distant future.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly absorbing 4 Jun. 2012
By L Ship
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For a book in which very little happens, except a plane crash early on in the story, this is an unexpectedly absorbing and entertaining romp. Graham Worthington's prose is wonderfully imaginative, his lyrical descriptions bringing each episode to life. What is particularly thorough are the thought processes, the mental anguish, and the restrained temptations that Stuart, the marooned survivor, ponders in regard to his fellow castaway, the eleven-year-old Tania.
Had the author not wrestled with the obviously distasteful pangs of paedophilia, this novel may have become more prominent. It is only because he honestly and necessarily delves into the perverted thoughts that accompany an adult male marooned for months with a preteen who is herself becoming sexually curious, that he no doubt will have alienated a proportion of the reading public.
Obviously, comparisons will be made with Lolita. The author claims his 'hero' was, like Humbert, first molested by the girl. Only then were his morals abandoned as he yields to temptations and resorts to introspection. Compare this scenario with Anthony Nobbs 'The Belvedere Field'The Belvedere Field (Vanguard) in which an unsuspecting student is abused by an even younger preteen girl.
What I did find annoying were the sporadic chapters related to the colonel into which he digressed. It was like reading two paralled stories. I found I could easily skip those chapters without detracting from the main storyline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Novel 2 Aug. 2010
By I Wasn't Here - Published on
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So I actually posted a review of this before, but it was mysteriously deleted, so I'm reposting. I read it a couple of years ago, the previous edition, and it was one of my favorite reads that year, so I feel the need to post a review again.

All in all, this is a decent read. It's about a man, Stuart, and a young girl, Tania, who are the only survivors of a plane wreck. Trapped on an island together with little hope of being rescued, Stuart begins lusting after Tania. It's a very intriguing and bold topic to approach, and I appreciate that the author didn't go over-the-top pornographic with the relationship. Stuart isn't a rapist, and Tania is too young, only eleven, to be really sexually involved. They never have sex. It was more about the psychological aspect, which the author tried to make clear, and although it would be easy enough to dismiss the subject as perverted and disgusting, it's not, and it's not meant to be. Still, this isn't for everyone.

There were a lot of flaws in the editing. I'm not sure if they've been fixed in this latest edition, but in the one I read, there was everything from missing quotation marks to misspelling the word "off", not to mention an overuse of the word "methodical". It didn't bother me, though. Actually, it made me laugh. An interesting, well-written story mostly makes up for those little flaws.

Some of the chapters diverted to London, in the real world, and I thought they were boring. They didn't seem to have a significant link or impact to the main storyline, other than the fact that the Colonel was Stuart's Colonel in the old days.

Overall, this is a good novel and worth a read.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking novel on sexuality and its consequences 8 July 2007
By L. Blumenthal - Published on
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I also posted earlier and saw my review disappear mysteriously. Needless to say, this is a review written by me and only me and I resent any attempts to remove it.
Here's the review:

Author Graham Worthington has created a fictional world in "The Wake of the Raven" that isn't easily categorized. It's not your standard adventure yarn, nor is it a survivor tale filled with moments of high anxiety. In this book, which has The Raven (an airplane) crashing near a deserted island, a young man and a pre-pubescent girl are the only survivors. The way they find a way to eke out a living and to continue to hope for rescue is infectious and endlessly intriguing. But it isn't until the psychological drama begins that the book gathers speed. As they await for help to arrive, the man becomes unavoidably attracted to the young girl, who runs around in a perfectly understandable state of undress. She is curious about him and he is tormented by her, until it seems the man's sanity will crack.
Without giving away the ending, this book thoroughly plums the soul of a sexually aware man who also is burdened with the yoke of cultural responsibility, resulting in a conflict so deep it threatens both characters.
The island scenes are interspersed with scenes of a more stiff-upper-lip scandal unfolding in London. It's an interesting foil to the drama unfolding on the island.
Coming from a small publisher, this book has some editing gaffes that a larger house would have tidied up. But don't let that stop you from enjoying this most penetrating look at sex, morals, and the business of living from day to day in a world perhaps not so different from our own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written prose, a fascinating look at an unusual friendship 15 Oct. 2014
By Rosa Sophia - Published on
The author’s prose is beautifully written, though the story begins slowly. Once I got into the novel, it moved quickly and I was engrossed.

The story follows a man and a young girl who are trapped on an island after their plane crashes in the sea. Stuart is a complicated man, and the reader is not enticed to see him as either “good” or “bad”. The author has woven a tale that won’t cause the reader to pinpoint good or evil; instead, I found myself seeing humanity for what it is, and the complicated friendship between an older man and a young girl as quite natural in its circumstances.

Stuart seems embarrassed by his unusual attraction to Tania: "…the girl was of an age where surely no reasonable man would think of her in that way, and he saw himself as a reasonable man."

So far away from everything Stuart knows, he cannot seem to comprehend why he’s feeling this way.

From the novel: "Nothing about it was unnatural, he thought, but hellish inconvenient, and he must grit his teeth and continue as a trustworthy friend to the kid till the time of their freedom came. Still, it remained damned unexpected that he could be stirred this way by one so young."

Two people are surviving together, getting to know each other. The result, to me, became an examination of the human experience and sexuality in a place completely separated from society—a secluded, deserted island where the rules of society begin to seem distant.

My only disappointment was that the book was slow-going at first; however, the writing was beautiful, and the characters and their experiences deep and engrossing. I very much enjoyed the development of the friendship between Stuart and Tania, as well as the fascinating psychological aspects of his attraction to her and his constant inner battle as he attempts to squash his lustful thoughts in an effort to protect her, to be a friend to her. The reader also sees the world from the perspectives of other characters, those who are living within the confines of society, far away from this island. It offers an interesting comparison between what life might be like if we were forced to survive after such a crash, and what life would continue to be like in the everyday world of cultural rules and order.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cross between The Blue Lagoon and Lord of the Flies 9 Sept. 2013
By Shane Lee - Published on
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I don't usually read stories of this nature (or books by indie authors) but my husband (Shane Lee) told me about the book and said it'd be an interesting read.

An interesting read is one heck of an understatement.

Wake of the Raven is a provocative take on the dynamics that can exist between an older man and a young girl. The characters are well-fleshed out and the pacing of the novel sucks you into a world where society's conceptions of morals and gender relations are thrown out the window.

It took me a while to get fully immersed in the story, possibly due to this slightly subversive theme but it was worth it in the end. Graham's writing has a way of drawing you in and while I'd say the subject matter isn't for everyone, those who're willing to look beyond this will be rewarded with a book that is extremely riveting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Lolita 9 Jan. 2013
By J. R. Lindensmith - Published on
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One of the most thought-provoking books I have read in years. A combination of Lolita and Lord of the Flies--though I enjoyed this book much more than those two. Stuart is a complex character that is the very defintion of fifty shades of grey. He is not simply good or bad, but human--a seething cauldron of desires and emotions. Worthington does not heap judgment upon his characters, but simply depicts the world--its ugliness, its beauty--and lets the reader interpret what he or she may. Worthington is one of the best--if not thee best--indie authors I have read. He is very attentitive to detail and always raises thought-provoking questions with his prose--questions about humanity, morals, and our fragile psyches.
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