Lighthouse Keeper, The Paperback – 1 May 2012
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A TERRIFYING MYSTERY OF THE SEA
In December 1900, three lighthouse keepers vanished without
trace from the remote Scottish island of Eilean Mòr. An emergency relief crew
was sent to man the lighthouse. At the end of their month-long duty, they
resigned from their posts, and never spoke of what they had experienced on the
island. The mystery of Eilean Mòr has never been solved. Until now.
In the present, a group of environmental researchers arrives
on the island to observe the wildlife. While exploring the lighthouse, now
automated and deserted, one of the team discovers a manuscript written by one
of the relief keepers, a man named Alec Dalemore. As a sudden storm moves in,
cutting off their escape, the researchers come to realise that Dalemore wrote
the manuscript as a warning to all the lighthouse keepers who would come after
him. A warning of something on Eilean Mòr and in the surrounding ocean -
something ancient and powerful, and strange beyond imagining...
The Lighthouse Keeper is a supernatural tale based on the Flannan Isles
mystery, one of the greatest unsolved enigmas in maritime history. Blending
factual firsthand reports with speculative fiction, the novel takes the reader
on a journey to the edge of reality, where the greatest of human fears - the
fear of the unknown - holds dominion.
About the Author
Alan K Baker was born in Birmingham in 1964. He has published a number of non-fiction books on the paranormal and popular history, which have been translated into seven languages. Daniel Acacio is an illustrator.
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Top Customer Reviews
The description of the setting is apt and evocative. How could a ghost story set on a mysterious Scottish island fail to capture the imagination? Yet, for me, it failed badly.
Based on my experience with the previous books by Alan K. Baker and after the book description I expected a most entertaining and excellent written book that would drive me to the edge of my chair. I was pretty nosey to see how Alan K Baker would explain the vanish of the three lighthouse keepers and if he keeps his promise stated in the last sentence of the book description:
"[...], the novel takes the reader on a journey to the edge of reality, where the greatest of human fears - the fear of the unknown - holds dominion.
I read the 276 pages in two sessions which is not usual for me and should give you a first hint that I have been hooked by the story.
Within the first 21 pages Alan K. Tuner delivers the full set up for the story. After the introduction done by a telegram from 26 December 1900 the author moves forward to the year 1999 on Sunday 19 July, 4.30 PM, location Eilean Mòr (= big isle) part of the Flannan Isles. We meet a group of people - Jennifer Leigh, Donald Webb, Max Kaminsky, Nick Bowman - all working for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Rebecca Garratt who is in her first year of her MA in history.
Of course there are certain relationships in between the protagonists which I do not explain. Beside that there are only two more information (one vague and one precise) necessary to set the wheel in motion.
Some unusual things happen and Rebecca discovers a book:
The Testament of Alec Dalemore, Occasional Keeper
From that point on the story continues with two interwoven narrative threads. There are the events of the group itself and then they read together the discovered book which contains the story of Alec Dalemore. A story which starts on 5th of January 1901. Alan K.Read more ›
I was not disapointed.
In fact, I ws so gripped by the unfolding narrative that I read the whole book in a single sitting. The two time frames in the book are woven together in a seamless manner with well defined characters and a palpable sense of menace pervading the whole work.
The stroyline is superb. It had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up and left me wanting to read deep into the night.
I look forward to reading more of Mr Bakers books.
Buy it and read it at night for additional atmosphere!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow this book is unnerving , I cannot put it down , very good condition, plastic dust cover a thumbs upPublished 12 months ago by Judith White
Once again Alan K. Baker tackles a real life incident and gives it his unique spin (his other book I recently read is "Dyatlov Pass"). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marco Crosa
Looks like a fantastic tale, but only got to page 23 and the use of Jesus' name as an expletive on several ocassions, I found to be unnecessary and blasphemous. Read morePublished on 27 April 2014 by DocP
I have to agree with some of the other reviewers, the book is well written. but the ending gave me the impression that the author had run out of ideasPublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by Cumbrianblue11
This book sucked me in; took a while to get into its style, but I couldn't put it down for the last two thirds! Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Thorn Steafel