This sequel to Hauling Through takes place a decade after the original story. During that time, a lot has changed. Jamie Kurtz, the underachieving “college boy” who originally went to Kestrel Cove, Maine to be a sternman on a lobsterboat and was accepted by the colorful locals, now finds himself as the historical researcher for a small non-profit organization charged with the archaeological recovery of a mysterious shipwreck in their town of Verdant Beach, Florida. Simply put, the last ten years have not been kind to Jamie – he has failed with his friendships, his marriage, and his family, and this gig in Florida may be the final stop in a once promising historian career. But when this new life is suddenly blindsided with the appearance of Bill Hand, the aloof millionaire who has been on the run since launching a satellite killing missile ten years ago, and the rest of the characters of Kestrel Cove, who are in Florida to fulfill the weird dying wishes of one of their own, secrets are revealed, romances are renewed, and all hell breaks loose.
“As he demonstrated in “Hauling Through,” Bridgford has a wonderful sense of the absurd, and the sequel offers plenty of absurd situations, which he spins out with entertaining gusto. The great Suicidal Conch Fritter Challenge in a pirate-themed restaurant finds the Maine fishermen at their raunchy best. And a flight from hell in a World War II vintage bomber, escorted by planes from various arms of the military and law enforcement agencies, is hilarious.” – Portland Press Herald