*** About the Book ***
If you have ever seen the tv show Deadlist Catch on Discovery Channel then you will know exactly what this book is about. If not, you're really missing out! The show follows several boats in the Alaskan crab fishing fleet as they work in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet. This book is written by the brothers who co-captain the Fishing Vessel Time Bandit, one of the boats featured in the show, and gives a glimpse into what their lives are like both on the boat and off of it.
You can get a taste of the show in these short videos on Discovery's YouTube channel but we aware that there are spoilers for this season in the comment on the videos.
*** Why I Read It ***
Hubby and I have been watching Deadliest Catch from it's first season several years ago. Kiddo sometimes watches it as well. When Dreamybee reviewed this book back March '09 I immediately requested it from Paperbackswap.com. When it came in Hubby (generally a non-reader) picked it up and read it in just a few days. He really enjoyed it. It has been sitting on my shelf for a very long time now, and I committed to read it this year for the TBR 2010 Challenge.
*** My Thoughts ***
A literary masterpiece this book is not, but it doesn't pretend to be one either. It is a rough and tumble look at life as a crab boat captain in Alaska, and a darn good read. If you've seen the show then you know exactly what to expect from the book.
I must say that I think I read this book at exactly the right time. The current season of Deadliest Catch just began (and yes, I did plan my reading to coincide with it) and things are very different this year. Fans of the show will remember that Russell Newberry got fired from Time Bandit last season. He plays a huge role in the book, and it was really strange to realize that he is no longer part of the crew. And the situation that played out in the season premier between Johnathan and Keith, captain of the Wizard, makes a bit more sense to me having read the book.
Speaking of the show, I'm looking forward to the rest of the season but it will be bittersweet. From following news about the show in the off season I know what is coming this year and things will definitely never be the same. (I don't want to say more in case there are fans out there who don't know what I'm talking about.)
In a nutshell, if you like the show then you will like the book.
*** Your Thoughts ***
Are you a fan of Deadliest Catch? Which boat/captain is your favorite? I'm partial to Sig and his crew on the Northwestern, but there are things I love about each of the boats and their crews. Watching Phil Harris' boys Jake and Josh go at each other on the Cornelia Marie, seeing the pranks Johnathan pulls on the Time Bandit, and the danger and drama on all the boats (remember the Wizard's huge accident last season, and the many rescue attempts - successful and unsuccessful - by the Coast Guard?) makes me want to tune in every week and also reminds me of why I could never do what these guys do - nor would I want to even try it!