Oct. 16, 2012
-- Lynsey’s Law is an exposé. The book exposes the underbelly of the cruise ship industry. It reveals deception that causes hardship and loss to passengers. Some of the hardship and loss is extreme and painful. Light is shed not just on the industry. Light is shed also on politicians in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere who, the author suggests, are complicit in crimes against the cruising public.
The author, Paul O’Brien, is a Dublin businessman. His daughter, Lynsey, died as a passenger aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship at age fifteen in 2005. She was allowed to drink alcohol at the ship’s bar until she became inebriated. In this state she fell overboard and was lost in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The full title of the book is Lynsey’s Law: Coffin Cruise Ships and Obama. The title speaks to Mr. O’Brien’s mission and the difficulty of that mission. He seeks laws to protect the cruising public. And he seeks laws by which cruise companies can be called to account when their negligence results in the kind of loss experienced by the O’Briens and many other families.
Such laws do not currently exist. Why? The cruise industry generates billions of dollars in sales annually. It can afford the cost of keeping politicians at bay and the public deceived.
Paul O’Brien did not know this when he set out on his quest for justice for the death of his daughter. His education was a nightmare, both for him and his family. The book details that nightmare—and it educates a deceived public.
The title of the book bears the most recognized name in world politics. This is apt symbolism. Political will at the highest levels is required to bring about the change necessary. Paul O’Brien is hoping for change in the form of a body of law to be subsumed under the rubric, Lynsey’s Law.
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