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I received this book from one of the giveaway contests and I was happily surprised This book did not disappoint and was literally like one really long, amazing episode of deadliest catch awesome I would recommend this to anyone who has any interest in the outdoors, fishing and an interest in the Northwest. As a child of Petersburg, Alaska, who spent my summers on a crab fishing boat, this book was a nice trip down memory lane. Although I am just slightly biased because my dad wrote this book, I think that this is a well formulated story with a wonderful, engaging plot The characters are the typical Alaskan fishermen, and the reader can easily get to know the lifestyle intimately from the perspective of a true greenhorn I highly recommend this book to any reader who wants a great story. Outstanding readStarts out with a slam and keeps you engaged all the way through Educational for anyone interested in boats and the sea This book took me on an adventure I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the way it was told. Surprisingly few modern books speak about what it s like to live and work at sea Of course it begs the question of how could an area of the planet so vast be forgotten After all people have been living on it for thousands of years But the answer is simple In an era when most people ride the fiber optic cables of the internet, and ships are for vacation cruises, work boats like trains are related in the mind of many to a salty, romantic yarn that includes tacking sail boats and walking the se Surprisingly few modern books speak about what it s like to live and work at sea Of course it begs the question of how could an area of the planet so vast be forgotten After all people have been living on it for thousands of years But the answer is simple In an era when most people ride the fiber optic cables of the internet, and ships are for vacation cruises, work boats like trains are related in the mind of many to a salty, romantic yarn that includes tacking sail boats and walking the seashore to watch the tide come in.Of course there have been a few interesting movies and I m not speaking of Waterworld Though it wasn t about work boats, All Is Lost was quite good One never thought Is this fiction or not Captain Phillips, which at first appeared to be an accurate recounting of the facts, soon began to suffer from fictionitis members of the crew have called into question Phillips version of the story It was a good movie that purported to be a truthful recounting of piracy at sea, and it remains a good movie about the merchant marine Let the conflicting versions of events speak for themselves, but know it isn t non fiction for many of the sailors who were there.Of course the best book on tragedy and commercial fishing was A Perfect Storm I wasn t in love with Sebastian Junger s prose style but it s a gripping story a real page turner Junger did his homework and it shows Though Junger does a good job of putting the reader in the boots of the doomed fishermen, Dean Adams does Junger one better He worked at sea and lived to tell about a near tragic incident on the boat he was fishing on, the Grant.But Four Thousand Hooks is nothe story of a boat almost sinking than Moby Dick is about a whale Adams seeks to educate the reader into the way of life a longline fisherman from Seattle as Melville sought to teach the reader the whaling industry of New England.I don t mean to suggest that these two books are comparable One is the great American novel of the 19th century and the other a modest tale of a greenhorn learning his trade during his first season But Four Thousand Hook is the rare modern sea story told by someone who worked as a commercial fisherman for over 30 years.Hence the weak point of the book Adams sometimes gets bogged down in the minutiae of the fishing boat He knows how important it is to keep on the gear , but how well will the reader with a lack of technical knowledge about the fishery be able to follow this part of the story Perhaps an appendix that illustrated the process of recovering and setting gear might have been helpful Also, the Author Dean too often has the greenhorn Dean bait his questions so Author Dean can use them to explain though the voice of the crewman Greenhorn Dean is speaking with how the operation of the fishing boat works.But if I weight these small flaws against the general mood, tone and style and construction of the book,I must say I very much enjoyed it Having been a commercial fisherman I did not stay in the industry as long as Dean did, nor was I as successful I am impressed with his loving rendering of his reprobate Scandinavian crewmen and the industry he obviously loves and takes pride in.This is the best book on the longline fishery since Captain Courageous and In Alaskan Waters Four Thousand Hooks gets four stars because Dean Adams is not Kipling or Melville He was a successful captain from a family of successful captains, a fishermen who burned with a desire to write his story He s done that, and all things considered, he s done a fine job Anyone who has lived or worked on the sea should thank him for his hard work .KINDLE ⚖ Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska ♵ As Four Thousand Hooks opens, an Alaskan fishing schooner is sinking It is the summer of , and the sixteen year old narrator is at the helm Backtracking from the gripping prologue, Dean Adams describes how he came to be a crew member on the Grant and weaves a tale of adventure that reads like a novel with drama, conflict, and resonant portrayals of halibut fishing, his ragtag shipmates, maritime Alaska, and the ambiguities of family lifeAt sea, the Grant s crew teach Dean the daily tasks of baiting thousands of longline hooks and handling the catch, and on shore they lead him through the seedy bars and guilty pleasures of Kodiak Exhausted by twenty hour workdays and awed by the ocean s raw power, he observes examples of human courage and vulnerability and emerges with a deeper knowledge of himself and the world Four Thousand Hooks is both an absorbing adventure story and a rich ethnography of a way of life and work that has sustained Northwest families for generations This coming of age story will appeal to readers including young adults and anyone interested in ocean adventures, commercial fishing, maritime life, and the Northwest coastVisit the author s website http fourthousandhooks Interesting read about fishing Good read as well. An interesting story but it really dragged I found myself skimming the last quarter or so.