The Admiral

Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Jim Gilbert

Publisher : Christopher Matthews Publishing

ABOUT Jim Gilbert

Jim Gilbert
Author Jim Gilbert recently stood shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the richest, most powerful people in the world as the founding editor-in-chief and later owner of ShowBoats International, the bible of the superyacht industry. Jim was instrumental in founding the nonprofit International More...



Welcome to Akkadia, where an island of ancient yachts provides safe haven for a thriving oasis of life amidst civilization's catastrophic collapse in the wake of rising sea levels, drought, war and disease. In their safe, cloistered existence, Akkadians have become complacent despite signs around them that the sea is still changing, still rising. Fierce, independent and charismatic, Aqual the granddaughter of The Admiral, who envisioned and built Akkadia 65 years earlier fears for the future of her island home, and in rescuing the crew of a small boat under attack by pirates unwittingly sets off a chain of events that will threaten the very existence of her homeland and create the promise of fulfilling her grandfather's vision for the emergence of a new, saner civilization for their people and for mankind.

The Admiral chronicles three generations in the life of Akkadia, a reclusive mid-ocean community of aging yachts the Admiral created to establish an oasis of civilization in the wake social collapse on land from the combined effects of sea level rise and climate change. In a series of swashbuckling adventures, Aqual, the Admiral's fierce and charismatic granddaughter and the novel's heroine, sees more dramatic changes facing her community. Fighting an armada of pirates as well as the enmity of many of her own countrymen by rescuing a boat full of strangers, Aqual follows in The Admiral's footsteps by courageously leading her people forward towards a new period of prosperity.

The Admiral is an adventure novel, with urgent moral consequences, about a perilous and costly future. Jim Gilbert writes about boats and the water so well that a reader sometimes seems to be staring at the same harbors and horizons as his characters.

Alec Wilkinson -- staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of The Ice Balloon

Jim Gilbert writes about the sea and sailing in a way that provokes awe and admiration. His novel, The Admiral, is propelled by an unforgettable warrior woman, who leads a marooned people in their struggle to survive in a future determined by the implacable consequences of global warming.

Paul Brodeur—former staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Stunt Man