|About the Book|
UNCHARTED VOYAGE is the electrifying story of present-day Middle Eastern sex traffickers masquerading as Spanish businessmen in order to run their operation out of Europe. They are masters at abducting young women by force, or by enticing them withMoreUNCHARTED VOYAGE is the electrifying story of present-day Middle Eastern sex traffickers masquerading as Spanish businessmen in order to run their operation out of Europe. They are masters at abducting young women by force, or by enticing them with high paying jobs through bogus modeling agencies. But they are less adept at transporting their captives from Barcelona to high paying buyers overseas.Their solution: disguise the voyage using a large American yacht and an all white crew. All they lack is a captain who is willing to take on such a loathsome and high-risk enterprise.UNCHARTED VOYAGE is the story of Vincent Ritter, a skilled American sea captain desperate to make his fortune, but stuck on the island of Mallorca without a ship. He’s so down on his luck that he’ll do anything to get a new command. He meets charismatic Spanish socialite Carlos Riego who offers him a ship and a great deal of money for smuggling guns to Basque separatists. But in a waterfront bar Vincent overhears sketchy pieces of gossip that cause him to become apprehensive about his client’s real intentions. His suspicions lead him on a serpentine quest for truth, and the horror of what he discovers forces him to make a hard choice: either go for the money, or sabotage the operation.In this classic thriller the author delivers a scathing exposé of one of the world’s most ancient and ignored crimes. UNCHARTED VOYAGE is set in Spain and on the Mediterranean where Mr. Montserrat spent a good deal of time both sailing and on land.Meet the AuthorRafael Montserrat is the grandson of a Catalan-Spaniard and lived in Spain in the 1960s. He’s an experienced ocean sailing captain and has held a US Merchant Marine Master’s license, 100 tons, sail and radar endorsed.In 1960 in Sausalito, at the age of sixteen, he met actor/writer Sterling Hayden who gave him a job on his ninety-eight foot schooner Wanderer built in 1892. In 1960 and ‘61 he apprenticed under sail on Wanderer on two voyages from San Francisco to Tahiti under the command of Captain Omer Darr.Later, he earned his BA in history and literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also did graduate work. His writing appears in Latitude 38, a West Coast sailing and cruising magazine, The San Diego Log and the San Mateo Times. Mr. Montserrat’s own ‘tales of the South Pacific,’ Schooner—Adventurers On ‘Wanderer’ will soon be ready for publication. He lives on his sailboat on San Francisco Bay in Marin County, California.