“But sometimes I almost wonder, is it even remotely conceivable that perished souls live on in some kind of parallel world and decide from time to time to reach in and tweak our own?”
He phrases this as a question, but believes in his heart this is what has happened with his father. Various events led him to pursue information, and over time he received validation after validation that he was on the right track and doing just what was expected of him. He ultimately ended up in the village where his father died, meeting people who rescued other men from the boat struck mistakenly by an American pilot who had not been advised that American vessels with journalists would be in the area.
I too, have received help over the years, in the form of amazing coincidences, and I mean the “I can't make stuff like this up” kind of coincidences. I need to follow this path to where ever it will lead me. Of course the ultimate goal is to visit the Kula Gulf, see the Strong via ROV aboard a research vessel and to attempt to meet islanders who still recall the event. There is the real possibility of meeting elders who recall the rescue of survivors from the sinking of the Strong and I'm counting on the fates to help make this happen.
To learn more about the book and John's journey to find his father, visit his web site: http://johndarnton.com/