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The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey

By Linda Greenlaw

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ISBN 10: 0786885416
288 pages
$14.00US/$19.95CAN
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The New York Times Bestseller — Now Available in Paperback!

Known to millions of readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the Hannah Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail, Linda Greenlaw is also known as one of the best sea captains on the East Coast. Here she offers an adventure-soaked tale of her own, complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick.

In The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger describes Linda Greenlaw as “one of the best sea captains, period, on the East Coast.” Now Greenlaw tells her own riveting story of a thirty-day swordfishing voyage aboard one of the best-outfitted boats on the East Coast, complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick.

The excitement starts immediately, even before Greenlaw and her five-man crew leave the dock — and doesn’t stop until the last page. While under way, she must contend with savage weather, equipment failure, too few fish, and too many sharks — not to mention the routinely backbreaking work of operating a fishing boat in a state of mind-numbing exhaustion after working ten 21-hour days in a row.

With a true fisherman’s gift for spinning a yarn and a voice that’s wry, honest, and all her own, Greenlaw brings readers right on deck with her and her crew, re-creating the experience of going for the big haul against awesome odds. At once a thrilling page-turner and a passionate ode to a fascinating way of life, The Hungry Ocean will captivate lovers of the sea, adventure, and literature alike.

Reviews

“A beautiful book . . . a story of triumph, of a woman not only making it but succeeding at the highest level in one of the most male-dominated and most dangerous professions.” –Douglas Whynott, The New York Times Book Review

“An authentic, insightful account of the intensity of captaining a crew of strong men in an ocean which does what it wants.” –Daniel Hays, co-author of My Old Man and the Sea

“A crystal-clear account of fishing the Grand Banks in a modern swordfish boat. Greenlaw is an excellent captainand an excellent writer.” –John Casey, author of Spartina

“This is the best book, period, I’ve ever read on fishing. Anyone who loves the sea will love this book.” –Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

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Turning the Boat Around

It was very early in the morning, very late in the month of August. The Hannah Boden chafed against the pilings at Gloucester Marine Railways, at her usual berth betwee

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