Sex, Lies, and Spinnakers

A review of the book by Steve Van Slyke

Sunset Along Tobago

Here’s another review of a book I hope you really enjoy. I read a lot of books but only take the time to write a review for the ones that really strike me and that I think more people need to read. This is one of those special novels. Cheers!


Publishers notes:

Novice sailors Vivian and Mitch Sanford are on the adventure of a lifetime with their longtime friends experienced cruisers Jill and Henry Fullerton, sailing their two boats down the U.S. West Coast to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and on to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. When Jill and Henry are murdered in Puerto Vallarta the evidence points to robbery and a pair of Mexican fishermen. While the fishermen await trial, sailboats are allowed to leave for foreign ports. Too late a missing journal convinces Mitch the fishermen are innocent. The real murderer is sailing away to paradise. He and Vivian have a decision to make: are they capable of crossing the Pacific Ocean and bringing their friends’ killer to justice? This sexy, action-packed sea adventure takes you on a roller coaster ride that never lets up.



My Take:

I starting reading this book a little while back on a flight to San Francisco. Admittedly it was the provocative name that caught my eye and the beautiful cover art that made me take a second glance. Right there were three reasons I knew I had to read it; sex, sailing, and a tropical sunset; the lies I knew would just make these all the more interesting.

I loved how this book was written. The accurate use of sailing terminology will really appeal to any sailor; but anyone can easily read it with an understanding of what is happening and an appreciation for the sailing art. There were parts of the book that I could visualize what was happening and see the actions that were taken. I recall a certain part of the book where I was actually nervous as Vivian and Mitch traversed a fierce storm in the open waters of the Pacific, their genoa wrapped around the stay, and Mitch having to hoist himself up the mast while the little boat was tossed about. By the time he was back in the safety of the cockpit I needed another drink to calm my own nerves.

From open to close of this book I found that I couldn’t put it down. The non-stop action has you following closely and in eager anticipation of the next chapter. The constant twist keeps you wondering who the real murders are, and you follow the relationship turmoil of those involved as they each deal with various issues. The true sign of a great book, the author will have you feel as if you are there with them living these experiences moment to moment as they do.

So if you are in need of a good beach read or an escape to far off destinations with some intense action, steamy encounters, and vivid sailing adventures; then Sex, Lies, and Spinnakers is just the book for you.

About the Author


Steve Van Slyke and his wife Kay live aboard their 41-foot cutter sailboat, Kavenga, on Puget Sound during the summer months. The rest of the year they live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Together Steve and Kay have logged over 30,000 miles at sea including a circumnavigation of the Pacific, culminating in a 4600-mile, 38-day passage from Japan to Vancouver Island. The story of their three-year cruising adventure is told in the non-fiction book, Kavenga’s Wake. Steve was the Navigation Officer aboard the USS Vesuvius (AE-15), an ammunition ship operating in the South China Sea and combat areas during the Viet Nam war. Originally hailing from Oregon, Steve is a graduate of both Oregon State University and University of Oregon.


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2 Responses to “Sex, Lies, and Spinnakers”

  1. BigKahuna January 17, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Sure getting to be a lot of book reviews out here…. and I thought I didn’t have time to read.
    This one is next on my list!

    • Shawn Martin
      Shawn Martin January 17, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      Yea man, I highly suggest it! I have another one coming in a few weeks! Already done with it but I need to space these out, lol.

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