Draca

Draca was a vintage sailing cutter, Old Eddie’s pride and joy. But now she’s beached, her varnish peeling. She's dying, just like Eddie.

Eddie leaves Draca to his grandson Jack, a legacy that’s the final wedge between Jack and his father. Yet for Jack, the old boat is a lifeline. Medically discharged from the Marines, with his marriage on the rocks, the damaged veteran finds new purpose; Draca will sail again. Wonderful therapy for a wounded hero, people say.

Young Georgia 'George' Fenton, who runs the boatyard, has doubts. She saw changes in Old Eddie that were more sinister even than cancer. And by the time Draca tastes the sea again, the man she dares to love is going the same way. To George, Jack’s ‘purpose’ has become ‘possession’; the boat owns the man and her flawed hero is on a mission to self-destruct. As his controlling and disinherited father pushes him closer to the edge, she gives all she has to hold him back.

And between them all, there’s an old boat with dark secrets, and perhaps a mind of its own.

About the author

Geoffrey Gudgion served for over 10 years in the armed forces, and made his first attempts at writing fiction during quiet moments on deployment. His first novel, Saxon’s Bane, reached #1 in Amazon Kindle’s ‘Ghost’ category.

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Why We Like It

Half of all author royalties will be donated to the veteran’s charity Combat Stress, who care for heroes like Jack whose wounds are more than physical. www.combatstress.org.uk

  • "A terrific and compelling story which highlights mental and physical challenges that many who have served will recognise."- General Sir Nick Parker, Commander British Forces Afghanistan 201
  • "A fantastic voyage of escapism that will make you shiver with suspense and keep you on the edge of your seat!"- Goodreads reviewer
  • "I could talk about this book for ages. It is so nuanced and poignant - an excellent read."- Goodreads reviewer


Geoffrey Gudgion served in the Royal Navy for nearly eleven years, and made his first attempts at writing fiction during long deployments in warships. Fortunately, none of these early efforts survive. A subsequent career in marketing and general management produced several false starts to novels. Geoff wanted to inhabit a world of his own imagination and write books, while his employers insisted he live in the real world and add commercial value. A row with his Chief Executive gave him the opportunity to become a freelance consultant and, in the process, release time to write. His first novel, Saxon’s Bane, reached #1 in Kindle’s ‘ghost’ category. Draca will be his second published novel.

Geoff now writes full time. When not crafting words he is an enthusiastic amateur equestrian and a very bad pianist.

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