Book Details

'Red Sky at night-

sailor's delight

Red Sky Morning-

sailor's warning!!'

Successful businessman Andrew Rafkin is on a two-day sport fishing trip off the Mexican coast with friends and relatives. During rough weather and talk about the dangers of commercial fishing, his friends ask him to tell them about his adventures as a fisherman, when he was a teenager.

Andrew launches into his tale of high adventure with some background about his Croatian family and community-all West Coast fishermen. Out of school for the summer he decides to make some money working on his father's commercial tuna fishing boat, the Western Ace, now unloading its latest catch at the StarKist cannery in Puerto Rico.

Andy and his dad, Captain Andrew Rafkin Sr., fly to the Caribbean to meet the Ace. Andy's first time on an airliner proves to be an adventure in itself while flying through hurricane-like turbulence. While in port the adventure continued with his experiences with the crew, and his new friend Armando, a local sport fisherman and restaurateur.

Now sailing up the East Coast the crew faces the long days at sea and the dangers of fishing. While in port they partied, and back at sea, they caught tuna, and were continually tested by the elements.

The summer was coming to an end and Andy flew back to Los Angeles. Two years later he took a friend's place fishing on his father's boat for a four-day trip off the Santa Barbara coast, joining Captain Anton Misetich and his crew on the Diana. While out to sea they get caught in a huge freak storm of hurricane force and spent the next terrifying twenty-four hours battling for their lives.

Forty years later this tragic incident continues to haunt him.


About the Author

Andrew J Rafkin

Andrew Rafkin, was born in 1946 in San Pedro, California, and grew up in a commercial fishing family. Through high school, he worked on sport fishing boats, and at seventeen went commercial fishing with his father, captain of a large purse seiner, during summer vacation. Two years later, he worked aboard a ninety-foot fishing boat, which was caught in a hurricane force storm where Andrew almost lost his life.

These events later served as inspiration for his first non-fiction true life adventure, Red Sky Morning. Andrew served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and later graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hill with degrees in economics and marketing. He is a successful entrepreneur and President of a security company servicing Southern California over thirty years.

A voracious reader of Action-Adventure and Political Thrillers, Andrew decided to create his own story and characters and began to write Creating Madness, the first novel in the O.R.C.A. series. His second novel Mediterranean Madness will be available winter 2008.

Andrew and his wife live in San Pedro. Their home sits on the bluff overlooking the Pacific and Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors. Andrew spends his spare time reading, fishing, hunting, golfing, and making wine.

Also by Andrew J Rafkin

Creating Madness
Mediterranean Madness
Mexican Madness
Angels Gate
Reaper 6
The Green Alliance
Global Vice