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The Ebb-Tide

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The Ebb-Tide tells the story of three down-and-out characters who find themselves aboard a ship off the coast of Tahiti, each hoping to escape their pasts and start anew. However, their plans for a fresh start quickly unravel as their greed and desperation lead them down a dangerous path of betrayal and deceit.

The novel is filled with vivid descriptions of the exotic setting, capturing the beauty of the South Pacific islands and the harsh realities of life for those struggling to survive. The characters are complex and flawed, making them both relatable and unpredictable.

Stevenson and Osbourne's writing style is engaging and atmospheric, drawing readers into the world of the story and keeping them on the edge of their seats as the plot twists and turns.

Overall, The Ebb-Tide is a gripping and thought-provoking tale of morality, greed, and the consequences of our actions. It is a compelling read that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.

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Three men down on their luck in Tahiti agree to ship out on a vessel whose officers have died of smallpox. Their desperate venture inspires them to a further idea: they will steal the schooner and its cargo of champagne, sell them, and live a plentiful life. The thought is intoxicating... and so is the cargo, which they sample. Inattention nearly brings them to grief in a sudden storm. This sobering experience is followed by another - apparently the dead officers had a similar ambition! - and their dreams of riches vanish.

Then, nearly out of provisions and deep in the heart of the Pacific where the chart shows no land - they happen on a small isle only hinted at in the records and never mapped. Saved! But what is this? The island hides a pearl fishery?

In the ebb-tide of fortune, what new villainy will the three attempt?

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