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"Four Thousand Hooks is a marvellous loss-of-innocence book, informative, enjoyable and well worth reading."―Irene Wanner, Seattle Times, November 2012
"His first-hand accounts come alive on the pages, where the reader is swept into the story with the narrator. . . . The foreshadowing and timing of the story makes it difficult to stop . . ."―Christy Olsen Field, Norwegian American Weekly, October 2012
"Four Thousand Hooks says a lot about our ability to meet extraordinary challenges, and suggests that maybe we're all stronger and more capable than we realize. [It’s] filled with fascinating details of the fishing life, makes for awfully good reading."―National Fisherman, October 15, 2013
"“The well-honed prose tells a good story and one is encouraged to turn the pages to see what happens next. This is not only a very readable book but an important record of a particular type of fishing."―Arthur G. Credland, Mariners Mirror
"Four Thousand Hooks is one teenage boy's dramatic, yet humorous, coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Alaskan maritime culture . . . a vivid picture of life and commercial fishing conditions in Alaska. . ."―Jennifer Huffman, Independent Publisher, February 2013
"This is pure adventure. Dean's story is…sinewy and spare, understated and often gorgeously written."―Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe, October 2012
"Four Thousand Hooks [is] one of the best books about commercial fishing in Alaska. The author began long-lining for halibut at age fifteen and went on to captain his own vessel: it is a great book for anyone interested in life on a commercial fishing vessel."―Charlotte Glover, Southeast Sea Kayaks Blog
Surprisingly few modern books speak about what it's like to live and work at sea. Of course it begs the question of how could an area of the planet so vast be forgotten? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeffrey Kahrs
So great! I love it when a book grabs me in the opening statements. I was "hooked" from the beginning. Read morePublished 15 months ago by voracious reader
Dean does a good job of describing his introduction into an adult world that most of us can only begin to imagine. The hard, dangerous work fisherman endure is well described. Read morePublished 21 months ago by call me bill
Great summary of the culture and times of commercial fishing in Alaska when the world and the bounty appeared infinite,Published 23 months ago by Timothy N. Watson
Once I started this book, I could not put it down. It is easy to read. It is well written, detailed, and filled with human interest. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by floridasaint
Great story about a young man coming of age......especially good because of being framed on a fishing boat in Alaska.Published on March 10, 2013 by Paul H.
This is a humbling, exhilarating, inspiring account of a teenager coming of age aboard a Halibut fishing boat in the 1970s. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Stella Mather