Riveting, frightening...it will linger in your mind for a very long time. Junger is a terrific writer, and is able to make even scientific explanations (about super-storms, drowning, weather situations) exciting. Whether you have seen the movie or not, this is a highly recommended read.
This well written book is not only a harrowing true story of men against the sea, but also taught me many interesting things about the dangers of commercial fishing which I found fascinating. I was not only gripped by the main events of the storm itself, but I was also interested in the human side of the relationships between wives, parents, girlfriends and the fisherman who would go to sea, maybe never to return. I was amazed at the risks that the rescue teams took, the National Guardsmen Swimmers, and Pararescue Jumpers are truely heros. As you read you understand the construction of the boat, the elements of the storm, decisions made, and how all of these may have contributed to the final outcome. The book goes much farther than the movie, and is a learning experience, as well as a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The movie, which showed unknown events as fact, and left out much of fascinating information found in the book, does not do justice to The Perfect Storm.
This was a quick read for me, i enjoyed very much.If you are a fan of the Discovery channel series " The Deadliest Catch" you will enjoy this book!!!
A true story of men against the sea. Semi-fictitious novelization of a shipwreck.