There are fewer than 400 fishermen of this kind in the United States, and early death is a common fate. But the Hillstrand brothers are drawn to the drama and adventure of life on the high seas, as was their grandfather before them. They don't complain about the risks and dangers - this is their world.
©2008 Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Malcolm MacPherson; (P)2008 Tantor
For Fans of the Discovery Channels 'Deadliest Catch' Series, this story follows the captains of the Time Bandit one of the 4-5 crab boats they feature in the series. Chapters are told from alternating perspectives of Andy and Jonathan, with one overlying story that makes it even better then just hearing stories from there seasons on the boat. The book covers the King Crab and Snow Crab seasons, as well as there growing up, and personal lives. I think this book even if you have not seen the show would still be enjoyable and maybe make you look into the series. If you have followed the crew over the 4-5 seasons you will remember some of the events they talk about which makes you fell more a part of the story. Being chased by the Russian Navy while fishing in there waters is only one of the great segments.
- Andrew H. Hochheimer
This was a welcome book about two brothers I had learned about from the show and already liked. Stories were excellent, narrative about brothers and trouble they got in to and their "off the boat" lives were excellent. A near dealbreaker was the lack of grammatical contractions. The ghostwriter or editor clearly stuck to some silly "style" rule that appears to forbid the use of the words "can't" or "Don't" or "won't" in the first person narratives and instead used "do not" "will not", etc. It was very distracting- I am sure tough-as-rocks, hard working Alaskan fisherman do not talk like that. It would have helped if the bothers Hillstrand narrated instead of a pro, or if they had used different narrators for each of the brothers portions. So in short- excellent plot, poor writing
The personality of each of them.
Johnathan, he is a free spirit. I love that.
Yes, I did.
I farmed 960 acres and raised beef cattle. I know what passion is all about. Brought back a lot of memories for me. Was great.
If you watch and enjoy TV's Deadliest Catch, this is a good choice to help you delve a bit more into the details of this crazy line of work.
Hearing the costs and expenses involved in stocking and maintaining the boat in relation to the dollars made from a successful catch is an interesting part of the story.
Made me greatly appreciate the fact that there are guys out there crazy enough to do this job so we can enjoy the crab leg special at Red Lobster.
I bought this for my husband, as we are both fans of the series "Deadliest Catch". I listened to it first, and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much humor, some sadness, very poignant moments. I'd recommend it to all.
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