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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616087285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616087289
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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4 of 4 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 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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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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Brown on June 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Michael Cosgrove didn't suffer a mid-life crisis as many of us do. He waited until he was 60 to have a three quarter life crisis. He was a successful businessman, with four lovely daughters and a soul mate who stayed by his side, unless he was under sail. Thus starts the journey of Michael wanting to leave a legacy for his children and an adventure for himself, testing the very limits of his perseverance.

Sailing around the world was his quest but he wasn't quite ready for the rough seas ahead. After purchasing his boat, outfitting it with all the latest gear, he sailed away, at times, with a crazy deckhand who wanted to commandeer the boat, a frighten Frenchman, a Navy sailor, and an alcoholic ship's captain. The adventures take him to Hawaii, the south sea islands, Australia and beyond. The escapades at sea and on land are exciting and poignant with both natives of faraway islands and family visits that kept Michael's spirits high. Sailing alone, in the huge Pacific Ocean, provided both smooth seas and blue skies as well as black seas, 20 feet waves and death knocking at his door.

Michael provides just the right amout of hilarity, excitement and philosophy throughout this sailing adventure for everyone to enjoy the journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lita Smith-Mines on April 20, 2014
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Have you ever wondered what makes a person leave behind a seemingly cushy life and set sail for an extended period? I have. That's why I was intrigued by the premise of this book. If you love reading about action and adventure on the open ocean, you'll likely enjoy this book. There's plenty of excitement and local color as the author does a compelling job of capturing the conflicts on the seas, from storms to boredom (along with a homicidal crew member), the troubles and pleasures to be found on shore, and the turmoil in his own mind.

If you're a woman, a lawyer, a person born in France, and/or someone who likes the books they buy to be thoroughly proofed (I'm three out of four), this book may not float your boat. Although someone "hoisting a cocktail party" did make me laugh!
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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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