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Monday, October 4, 2010

Review: The Wave by Susan Casey

352 pages
published by Doubleday

Author Susan Casey's non-fiction book, The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean is a page-turner without doubt! An exciting blend of surf, science, and salvaging, the main characters are tow-surfers (uber-surfers....guys with a death wish), principally Laird Hamilton, who live to ride the monster waves (50 ft-plus). But aside from the surf scene, Ms. Casey talks to scientists from around the world, a representative of Lloyds of London, and the owner of a ship salvage operation in South Africa to give the reader an astonishing profile of these waves, which about 20 years ago were thought to be "mariner myths." Highly recommended.

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