First, let me say that I am a shark lover. I love sharks. That was what lured me into reading this, but so many other things kept me reading. So, here is a rundown of what makes this work so great:
1. It's non-fiction. Now, normally I would say this is not great because I'm personally not a fan of non-fiction, but this pretty much changed my mind forever. The writer is an artful wordsmith, which makes it feel as poetic as a good fiction work. With that being said, I can tell he did his research, and he has a robust bibliography following the material to back it up.
2. Did I mention it's artful? The language in here is so colorful that every bit of information has an even bigger impact.
3. Not only does the story itself shine, the history does, too. Like I said, I picked this up because of sharks. As soon as I started reading, I was getting a history lesson - and again, it is written in such a creative way that I was immediately drawn to it. He really illustrates everything about society at the time to set up this story.
Those are my 3 biggest points that make this book what it is; as for the rest, I will let future readers decide! In short, if you are a shark lover like me, you will absolutely obsess over this book. But, if you're not a shark lover, you will still love this book all the same as it is truly a great read. In my opinion, you should read it in the summer right before you go to the beach!