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The Legend of Ron Anejo by Ed Teja is a Caribbean adventure told in the first person narrative. Captain Ron Anejo lives on a shoestring as he leads our narrator and a few other would be smugglers up and down the Caribbean on his rickety boat. He’s in total bliss even though all he has is bad luck:
“Remember when you told me that it was nice that we’d hit rock bottom because we couldn’t sink any lower?”
Ron nodded, still staring in the water.
“You were wrong,” I said. “It would seem that we have just found a level for rock bottom, breached a new market low in MeinGott stock prices. We have no food or rum, are still broke, and now when we get back we are probably going to owe Arbazaxas money.”
Ron tilted his head back, staring up at the masts. The tattered ends of sails fluttered against the booms. I saw him look across the leaky decks and watch the smoke coming from Bessie’s exhaust pipe above the pilothouse.
That’s what I saw. I can’t begin to imagine what Ron Anejo saw, but then he smiled as he turned to me and said, “Everything’s okay, Mister Mate, I’ve got my boat.”
The Legend of Ron Anejo by Ed Teja was a bit of a dry read for me. I learned a little bit more about fixing a boat than I ever thought I wanted to know. I failed to find the fun in this adventure. However, that doesn’t mean this book is without merit for those with wanderlust for open waters. I’m just not one of them.
Ed Teja is a widely published writer as well as a musician and sailor. He states he has many fugitive friends who were the inspiration for The Legend of Ron Anejo.