This book was written by Senator Moynihan's son. If that were not the case, it might have had difficulty finding a publisher.
Mr. Moynihan signed on as crew of an oil tanker headed for exotic ports around the globe. This could have been an interesting voyage but it wasn't. Not much happens on the trip and the personalities encountered were basically depressing, disgruntled misfits.
A typical day entailed, painting the deck, eating, trying to find booze once it ran out, reading books when off duty, trying to stay away from the crazies.
Regarding the writing style - well, lets just say no budding Hemingway here.
What was good about the book? It's short, so it won't be too big a waste of time.