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Ted Polet


A gripping story of the refugee crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean

About 90,000 words (c. 350 pages). Revised 2023 edition. THE BATAVIAN is available from Amazon as a Kindle e-book and as a paperback. The book can also be ordered from general booksellers (ISBN: 9798858992837).

Thirty-one-year-old sailor Mark Schouten loses his job as a Second Mate due to ill-health. As he is convalescing from an operation he receives an inheritance and buys an old wooden schooner, which he restores and sails to the Mediterranean. At the end of his journey near the Turkish coast he rescues a group of Syrian refugees from the sea, who have been drifting in a leaking boat.

The rescue and the ensuing events change his life once again. Back home following his voyage he rebuilds his life, but the memory of a Syrian girl in the group he rescued from the sea keeps haunting him. He goes on a quest to find her in the chaos of the refugee crisis in Greece.

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