Book Review- The Perfect Storm

Saturday, 8 December 2012
Title: The Perfect Storm
Author: Sebastian Junger
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 227
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Adventure

Rating: 3/5

It was the storm of the century —a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm."


When it struck in October, 1991, there was virtually no warning. "She's comin' on, boys, and she's comin' on strong," radioed Captain Billy Tyne of the Andrea Gail from off the coast of Nova Scotia. Soon afterward, the boat and its crew of six disappeared without a trace.


The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller, a stark and compelling journey into the dark heart of nature that leaves listeners with a breathless sense of what it feels like to be caught, helpless, in the grip of a force beyond understanding or control. -Goodreads

This is a true story, written by a journalist, of a large storm in 1991, and tells the tale of the people, and fishing ships caught up in the storm.
If you consider reading this book, I would first consider this point; do you know anything about fishing and boats? If the answer is yes, then by all means continue and pick up the book. If your answer is not really, as was mine, then I advise caution.
This book is filled with fishing and boating jargon, I couldn't make head nor tail of most of it, and skipped a good few pages trying to reach the story. The beginning of the story is very slow, the author gives the reader a lot of background knowledge about the history of fishing, and how a fishing vessle works. This may be interesting to some, but I found it quite boring, and confusing.
The main focus of the novel is on a ship called The Andrea Gail, which becomes caught in the centre of this storm.
Once you get past the slow beginning, the story does pick up. We follow the fate of a helicopter sent out to rescue fishermen, as well as The Andrea Gail and her crew. The author gives a very detailed description of what it's like to drown, which was interesting to read, but also a little scary.
Overall I thought this novel was ok, but I wouldn't read it again. I would recommend it if you have knowledge of fishing because this will enhance your reading.

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