The Poseidon Adventure
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The inspiration for the 2006 Warner Bros. film, Poseidon, Paul Gallico’s The Poseidon Adventure is an intense and dramatic story about a gigantic ocean liner and its unimaginable final journey.
When a rogue wave capsizes the luxury cruise ship, a small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. As the unstable vessel rapidly fills with water each must draw on skills and strengths they didn’t even know they possessed, fighting against time for their own survival and for each other.
up. He’s soft. Let’s pull him and get it over with.’ The Beamer said, ‘Shouldn’t he at least be allowed to have a go?’ Rogo looked at him with contempt, ‘Oh, I say! Pip pip, sporting what?’ He did not like Englishmen any more than he liked queers or cream puffs. Muller started but weakened a third of the way. He broke into a sweat, his face turned beet red and he pulled desperately at the rope. Half-way up, his feet went out from under him. Rogo said, ‘Let’s get that panty-waist out of there
with both hands. It was actually the same choice as passed around by the stewards but the very profusion of the cakes brought on a kind of frenzy of eating to the girl. Leaning on one elbow, Muller rather fastidiously dipped half of a muffin into strawberry jam and ate it with the same delicacy he would have shown at a tea table in Claridge’s. Nonnie laughed at him. ‘You’re a proper gent, aren’t you?’ she said. He was amused. ‘How would you define a gent? I’ve seen a lot of them all over the
said, watching them go, ‘Funny guy,’ and then, ‘What would have happened if we hadn’t snapped back, and gone right over that time?’ Martin dabbed his lips with his napkin and said, ‘I reckon we’d all be dead by now. Be seeing you.’ The Shelbys arose en masse and clung to one another for the march to the grand staircase. CHAPTER II Disaster But Robin Shelby had been right. The Greek Captain was not only a badly frightened man but when during lunchtime his ship had heeled over and it seemed as
ain’t gonna stay up much longer.’ ‘So, then, is there any use we should keep on climbing up like this?’ Manny queried. Scott was ready to leave now, but he turned back to them all for a moment and replied simply, ‘Yes, because we are human beings responsible to ourselves.’ The simple statement rang through Muller like a bell and for the first time he felt he understood something of the character of this ecclesiastical athlete and his climb, as well as himself for following him; the goal they
‘What happened?’ Her husband replied, ‘She fell. Linda Rogo. I think she’s dead.’ Belle said, ‘The poor kid!’ but she thought; It’s God’s punishment. Susan was wondering whether the heart within her had turned to stone, that in the face of this swift and terrible death she could feel no emotion whatsoever. Shelby said, ‘The foolish girl. It was her own fault,’ but he did not dare look at his wife whose face, staring down at the corpse was hard and unfathomable. Jane was wishing it had been