Review: In this review, I'm not just discussing the book at hand, but also comparing it to another book (and posting to both book descriptions, if that's OK for Amazon). I chose the 2 books for the same reason, but they provided different levels of satisfaction.
I studied oceanography as a minor, so I was pleased when these two books appeared in Amazon's "Recommended for You" section. I got The Wave thinking that it would be a layman-oriented discussion of waves and ocean currents (including annotati... Read more
Review: OK, so all the reviews so afr are glowing, so I'll be a bit contrary. First, the text and history are great, and the writing is clear. The author was obsessed with his subject, and was a true historian, so from that perspective the book is worth buying.
I have two criticisms:
1) Petty - there is a lot of repetition of knots. Two half-hitches appears at least 3 times, and others are repeated as well.
2) My major criticism is about the quality of the drawings. I do not agree t... Read more
Review: Read it in 3 days- such a great and entertaining book! Not only for surfers but us kooks too- well I can't really say for surfers but I've definitely always wanted to be one.
Peter's journey is the destination and it's an exceptional one. Read more
Review: My experience with depression , and PTSD, was VERY different than the one presented by this author. It was not as helpful as I had hoped. Read more
Review: First off, I had very high hopes for this book after Shadow Divers. My honest belief here is that Pirate Hunters was written by John Mattera and only edited by Robert Kurson. More on this later. With all due respect, this book should have been condensed to a 12 page magazine article.
As a certified nautical archaeologist having spent 20 years working overseas in several third world countries (including managing two projects for one of his "heroes" that Mattera claims he consulted with) it... Read more
Review: First of all, I wish to commend the author on one of the best written and most interesting books on diving I've read. And, as an avid diver, marine science journalist, dive historian, and reader of all the recognized classics in the genre, this is no small commendation. At the same time, I wish to offer the author some criticism regarding his style. The book was unnecessarily overwritten in its awkward attempts to educate the general reader about the basic principals of diving (something that sh... Read more