By Ray Palla



By Ray Palla


Brutalized by his past and overwhelming survival odds, the chief engineer of the S.S. Krill America faces choices between his heart and soul, and his own troubled mind.

Where do you find redemption for the human spirit? The answer is uniquely distinct for every individual. Sometimes it arrives unexpectedly, in the oddest of places, under the faintest light. Saturated in relentless tension, and fed by self-doubt “Krill America” triumphs in a stunning humanity-baring conclusion.

When an aging Port of Galveston research vessel, the Krill America, is suddenly flooded by an underwater earthquake and dashed against the jagged edge of a glacial iceberg her battered surviving crew members are thrust into a perilous life and death struggle for survival against the freezing waters of Antarctica’s Southern Weddell Sea, the most ruthlessly treacherous place on earth.

Badly damaged and barely afloat, the remains of the ship are the only hope of Max, an elderly Mexican seaman, and his fellow shipmates. Without engines, generators, or warmth and facing diminishing supplies of food and water, the crew labors tirelessly to restore broken and antiquated systems in order to provide electricity, power, and heat. The persistence of their efforts is occasionally rewarded with temporary success only to ultimately fail and dash their hopes again.

Max recounts the events and describes the strained relationships among several crew members who compete for control and vie for the affections of Kat, the only female member of the crew. Eventually, the Krill America sinks into the sea and is gone, leaving the exhausted crew to salvage and huddle into a small dilapidated shrimp boat while hoping desperately for rescue from a certain death-by-winter. A surprising and stunning conclusion reveals a hidden truth that no one, least of all Max, suspects.

KRILL AMERICA is a ‘relentless impending death’ fast-paced thriller suspense novel that has been described as a cross between “The Old Man and the Sea,” “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “Titanic,” and “Moby Dick.” Prepare to take a mind-bending roller-coaster journey to the bottom of the world as Krill America sails to crush a frigid cabin-fever winter with ‘I was there’ graphic wealth.

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