Harsh conditions and lots of fury. No, it’s not the latest weather forecast, but rather the summary of Woodbury Heights native Bill Schweigart’s debut novel—now available to the public for purchase.
The book is also expected to be available for download on Nook e-readers in the near future.
A thriller, Slipping the Cable follows an Ocean City man named Kelly. After graduating the Coast Guard academy, Kelly is assigned to his first ship where he meets his captain. Yet Kelly’s captain is at odds with Kelly from the beginning and through a series of events Kelly soon finds himself pinned in a battle of wills with his superior.
In a previous interview with Patch, Schweigart says his time in South Jersey strongly influenced his writing, as well as his time in the Coast Guard. Schweigart served in active duty for five years, but—unlike Kelly—Schweigart says he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Coast Guard.
Although ideas for the book began to stir in his head during his time in the Coast Guard, Schweigart did not begin writing Slipping the Cable until after he finished active duty. The novel was completed roughly four years later and was picked up by Martian Sisters Publishing.
While Schwiegart has no plans for a sequel to Slipping the Cable, he says ideas have already begun to brew for a possible follow-up.