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Imperfect Passage: A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption Hardcover – June 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616087285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616087289
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Cosgrove wears several hats. He has been an author, a print model, and an actor for the past twenty-five years, and is the owner of an insurance agency in Tustin, California. He graduated from Michigan State and holds an MA degree from Western Michigan in Psychology. During the summers, he spends his time with his wife, Sally, and their nine grandchildren on a lake in northern Michigan. He currently lives in Irvine, California.

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Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Raised in Ypsilanti. Earned a BA Degree from Michigan State University and an MA Degree from Western Michigan University. Father of four daughters and have eleven grandchildren. When I am not reading I am writing. Imperfect Passage is my first published work.

Customer Reviews

A good book will give me the feeling that I really need to get back to the story so I can keep up with what's going on.
Jim Tester
This is a book that all sailors must read, especially if you want to sail offshore, especially especially especially if you want to sail very long distances!
Gary Knight
Michael tells a wonderful story of his life his motivations and we learn more about ourselves as we live the tale of his challenging trip.
Robert R. Harris

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Biggs on October 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I have sailed similar boats most of my life. This book is reality. The author's vivid descriptions are the real thing. It is like going on his adventure and not getting wet!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Ochoa on October 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book has inspired me to take on my own life trip, I live in California where we have mountains and deserts all within arms length of each other, so to speak. My vessel is not sea worthy, rather an old 72 International Scout II that had been sitting in the drive way for quite a long time. I am now inspired to finish what I started and go out to the Mojave Desert Preserve and take the trip of a life time for me. I feel at home in the sea of sand, lava rocks, dry salt lake, and mountains.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Mac on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Amazing ....entertaining...a definite "must read" for sailors and non-sailors alike.
Michael Cosgrove in his Imperfect Passage has written vividly and accurately about his sailing adventures and experiences. He brings the reader totally into the book so they know the characters and are involved in the "good and sometimes not-so-good experiences of sailing on the high seas. It brought to my mind the phrase "truth is stranger than fiction" as were this a "fiction" book it would be unbelieveable but it's all true and did happen. Imperfect Passage is a treasure of a book! Do read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MoKerton on August 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An honest and funny story about something most people just dream about. At times I laughed out loud and other times, felt like I was sailing along with Michael. I read it in a day, just couldn't put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry M on August 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Michael Cosgrove's Imperfect Passage is a book that will probably grasp your attention. It is a personal adventure, the likes of which may strike the fancy of one who yearns to carve out an individual niche for themselves. Who doesn't, at least secretly, desire some grand adventure? How many of us actually have the resources, and the motivation to do so? Not many of us I suppose. Cosgrove did so, and presents his non-conventional journey through the South Pacific. I, for one, found it very difficult to put this entertaining book down after once starting it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Knapp on July 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure how I would rate Imperfect Passage if it was a work of fiction - probably not 5 stars. But, as a man's non-fiction story about himself, his family, his life, and his adventure, it gets 5 stars plus. On a literary level, it is an engaging and highly enjoyable read.

I find honest personal stories and histories to be particularly intriguing because reality is often more provacative, and typically more important, than fiction. Imperfect Passage is a great example. Michael Cosgrove seems justifiably proud of his quest and accomplishiments. As readers/observers we particularly admire those because most of us would not and do not undertake anything like a mission to sail around the world (but then most of us don't feel such a driving need either). But, as the name of the book announces, Michael Cosgrove builds much of his story around the imperfections of his decisions and his preparations and the consequences of those imperfections. The accomplishments and successes out weigh the imperfections and mistakes (hence he is still with us to tell his story), but the imperfections and his very good humored addressing of them account for much of the book's appeal.

Yes, this is a story of sailing and the sea. But, at their core, the adventure, and the book, are Michael Cosgrove's self examinations and his story of working throgh his imperfections to find his answers and a focus for the next stage of his life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tester on July 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book held my interest from start to finish! I know when I'm reading a good book when I wonder about what's going on in the book when I'm not reading it! A good book will give me the feeling that I really need to get back to the story so I can keep up with what's going on. I love survival stories, and I love sea/sailing stories. Imperfect Passage by Michael Cosgrove filled all of those needs. I'll be reading this one again. And waiting for another book by Michael.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rebbymo on July 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to be a sailing enthusiast to love this book.
A page turner of human emotion,self discovery, adventure and humor... a modern day 'Alchemist'.
The authors writing style made you fell like he was right in front of you telling his tale.
I loved it, can't wait for the movie!
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