Ross ranks ‘Viking Raid’

A new novel written by a notable member of Connecticut’s shipping cluster has secured an endorsement from one of the industry’s brightest stars.

Wilbur Ross



Wall Street legend Wilbur Ross says “Viking Raid”, the sequel to Matthew McCleery’s “The Shipping Man”, is a “gripping novel” that readers will enjoy even if they aren’t familiar with the first installment of the Robert Fairchild chronicles.

“Seamlessly woven into the plot are keen insights into the arcane worlds of Wall Street and marine transport plus an insider’s colorful descriptions of both industries’ favorite executive watering holes,” he continued, adding: “This is a must read and a quick read!”

Ross says he wouldn’t be surprised to see McCleery’s increasingly diverse fan base “cry out” for at least one more novel about the exploits of characters that bear striking resemblances to the aristocrats of the shipping world like Norwegian tycoon John Fredriksen.

“Shipping experts especially will enjoy deciphering the real life characters on whom the author based Norwegian tanker spot market speculator Coco Jacobsen and the other fascinating personas who populate this tale,” he added in reference to a key protagonist.

When McCleery started to work on the sequel to “The Shipping Man” he told TradeWinds the tome would be entitled “The Shipowner’s Daughter”, which was scheduled to hit bookshelves in the summer of 2013 before the author decided to switch gears.

“What happened was the plot totally changed direction when I became really interested in the idea of the US exporting energy, especially gas,” he said this week when pressed for an explanation. “I am still planning to write ‘The Shipowner's Daughter’, however, and it involves the same characters.”

McCleery, who serves as president of Connecticut-based conference organsier Marine Money, says he has already sold more than 15,000 copies of his first novel “and counting” since its release in autumn 2011 and hopes the sequel will share a similar level of success.

Market sources claim RS Platou and other institutions with a maritime pedigree sent copies of “Viking Raid” to clients as a holiday gift that appears to have inspired the title of a recent research note about Euronav’s takeover of the Maersk Tankers VLCC fleet.

You can read the introduction and first three chapters of the novel, which is available in paperback for less than $20.00 or in an electronic format for only $9.99 on, by CLICKING HERE or on the link located to the right of this article.