An adventure-packed tribute to the Greatest Generation.
On a sentimental journey turned terrifying voyage, a determined group of veterans, all over seventy years old, come together, joined by one shared common cause: the rescue of a US Navy tank landing craft critical to the battles of World War II.
Their goal is to restore and preserve this antique vessel as a living history maritime museum to honor the thousands who served on her and the cause she served. Now renamed the Aeolus, their prize is rotting in a ship graveyard, half-way around the world. Bonded in a unique camaraderie, they claim their ship, encounter unexpected delays in Crete, Naples, and Gibraltar, and then sail into a harrowing late season hurricane and North Atlantic winter storm.
These men and their ship are coming home, but not without adventure and misadventure, drama and tragedy, and even a touch of romance. Facing inevitable challenges of aging, illness, loss, and clashes of personalities that have never worked together before, they now encounter their ultimate fight for survival, acutely aware of their vulnerability and limitations, alone in the middle of the North Atlantic.
In A Voyage for History, thirty U.S. World War II veterans buy and sail a vintage LST from Greece to Alabama. It was a frightening, gutsy undertaking that Southwestern author Michaele Lockhart has turned into an absorbing novel.
~ J.C. Martin, Special to the Arizona Daily Star
A tribute to the devotion, loyalty, and pure guts of what has been called the “Greatest Generation,” this story is also a salute to the determination of senior citizens everywhere.
~ Trafford Publishing
Michaele Lockhart writes in tones that evoke a stormy and cruel North Atlantic, contrasting with more softly tender scenes. In recreating this story, based on a true adventure, she examines the lives of several veterans, representative of Americans of their era. By touching on their histories she has covered the entire twentieth century, the encapsulation of its “hopes and fears,” from wars, to women’s rights, early immigrant experiences, integration, and forward to an enlightened promise for today’s seniors. A Voyage for History is the winding down of one century and the hint at new beginnings.
~ R. Hammond, author, poet, and playwright
Just finished A Voyage for History. Absolutely loved it and wished it would go on and on – any chance of a sequel?
~ O. Ryan, Tucson, Arizona