Around evening, the first sign came. A silent swell, for no reason at all, began rocking the boat. The captain was bracing himself inside the crow's nest, gazing out at the horizon without knowing what he was looking for. In the sky, only the very bright stars could now be seen. The others had been covered by a thin sheet of clouds to which meteorology books had given the Latin name “cirrus”, meaning wisp. Only Jupiter and Sirius were still visible. But soon they too were covered. Before nightfall, Markellos brought a fresh report. “Norma” -the name
the Americans had given the tornado- was building up speed; the wind was even stronger and had turned to the left. It looked as if it was going to pass under Formosa. With a radius of 250 miles, the tornado's appointment with the “Anna S.” -which, having turned, was heading south to escape- now seemed all but inevitable.
Tzortzis Maratos was already known to his readers by his earlier books (two collections of maritime stories and a wrenching testimonial about the Civil War) when Tornadoes was published.
A riveting tale of the sea, its protagonist is Angelos Darzentas, an old salt who, after years as a captain, is looking forward to the calm of dry land in his twilight years. But he's in for a surprise: an unexpected phone call at three in the morning will turn his world upside down. It is the daughter of the love of his life calling him from Rio de Janeiro; her mother is dying and is asking to see him.
Without another thought, Angelos decides to travel to Rio. At the same time, he embarks on a journey of his life's story, made up of thrilling nautical tales that take place all over the world and weave in and out of a great love story with an unforeseeable ending. From the island of Cephalonia to the tornadoes of the China Sea and the wild carnival in Rio, the reader is left with bated breath.