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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Timely, impressive in scope, and relevant in its crucial messages regarding man's unconscious ravaging of the sea's vital fish resources and destruction of the natural balance of the ocean's ecosystems, In Pursuit of Giants is more than expose; it is a moral imperative for humans to wake up and take action before it is much too late. Rather than a dry lecture in this regard, Rigney illustrates his points by taking you with him on a ride around the world, out on the open sea, giving you an adventure of a lifetime. But the book is so much more than an environmental statement or riveting stories about guys fighting with, losing, or catching big game fish.

Rigney has the makings of one of the great story tellers, and he brings to life each person he meets, capturing their complexity, humor, and intensity, their own stories and dead-on insights - whether about life and humanity, the fish, or the industry in which they work. All the while, Rigney breathes fire into his every image of nature, described in dazzling, stunning flashes of language that never gets old. In one moment, you are with him on the boat, wide eyed and astounded by the Swordfish's power, its deadly sword, its guile to outwit any hunter and its courage to fight to the death. In another moment, which I won't spoil, Death literally has Rigney - momentarily - in the palm of Its hand. There are risks to this kind of quest - one which speaks about the author's guts to finish this five-year endeavor and then make it visceral.

This book is at its heart the story of man who is seeking to confront and reveal his own essential nature, mirrored in the qualities of the wild, unpredictable ocean and its intriguing, mysterious, beautiful inhabitants. The deeper he seeks, the more is unveiled...man's predilection for darkness, ignorance and greed - counterbalanced by Rigney's own glimpses of Soul that are found, eye to eye and will to will with unspoiled, untamed beings. Rigney's reverence for Nature, his willingness to keenly observe what is hidden, his determination to dive below the surface of things, along with his down to earth, salty wit comes through clear as certain waters that mesmerize him. The book delivers, so alternately expect to be sitting on the edge of your seat, to laugh out loud, to experience the colorful world of the sea alight in a literary eloquence that sits on the pristine edge of poetry, all surrounding a real and direct wake up call.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Running a small farm and having very little time for recreational reading, I assumed that when I started In Pursuit of Giants I might finish it by late summer. Boy was I wrong. This book has a life of its own. It breathes the sea into your lungs and imprints its magnificent creatures on your mind. It's a twenty first century adventure story with an extremely important mission - the need to respect and conserve the oceans' living creatures. The focus of this book is on the large pelagic fish, the fish giants - the bluefin tuna, swordfish and marlins which in addition to their beauty, strength and courage are severely threatened by industrial/corporate fishing practices. Although these giants are the focus of the book their plights are symptomatic of all of the ocean's species. The oceans are gigantic ecosystems that must be respected and protected for the sake of all species, including humans. Apart from the exciting adventure and the extremely important message of marine conservation, this book is beautifully crafted with detailed interviews, personal reflections and poetic descriptions of the sea and its many life forms. While on one of his sea journeys the author describes in breathtaking detail a diminutive flying fish that suddenly appeared in large numbers skimming the surface of the waves. Your mind is at once on the boat with the author feeling, witnessing, absorbing these magnificent creatures and at the same time transported to a fairyland. Overall this book is an excellent read which is nobly and colorfully written and deserves the attention of all of the earth's citizens who care about a sustainable future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This book by Matt Rigney is a fantastic read. Right off the top I want to say I recommend this book to anyone, but particularly anyone who cares about the natural world and the problems caused by Homo Sapiens. This book is both educational and a great read. It does an excellent job of teaching one about the serious problems with some of the world's ocean fisheries and at the same time provides very compelling story telling. I loved it. Sometimes I almost felt as if I were there on the boat with the author. He obviously loves the sea and its living creatures and that authenticity is evident throughout this book.

The book does not range widely across many species but instead focuses on "giant" fish as indicated by the title. Rigney travels the globe and goes in-depth on a half-dozen stories about the Sea of Cortez, Marlin, Swordfish, Bluefin Tuna, and more.

Very highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In Pursuit of Giants is not only the best book I've read recently about the environment in general, and the oceans in particular, it is the best non-fiction book I've read in a long time. It is one part adventure story -- the author's quest to unearth the truth about what might be the last of the big game fish -- and one part siren call to the disaster facing the big fish of the oceans: blue fin tuna, sword fish, you name it.

I did not think it possible for an author to bring to life something as cold as fish -- but his description of what makes a sword fish so fast is one of the best descriptions of anything i've ever read.

His section on being out for a week or more on the open ocean with the "last" of the swordfish harpooners in Nova Scotia is worth the price of the book. He really seems to have a novelist's talent for bringing real life people alive on the page. What he witnesses the Greenpeace activists in the Med Sea go through as they try to stop illegal fishing, would make a great scene in an movie.

My only regret is I did not read this during my summer vacation at the ocean in Wilmington, NC. To have been able to look up from the book and see the ocean where all this tragedy and drama is being acted out would have heightened the experience.

In short, an "important" book which is also a heck of a read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Matt Rigney may have just written the story of perhaps our most amazing mega fauna, and, like those before, these animals' survival is being threatened by our insatiable and reckless pillage for profit. While it's true that humanity relies upon the fruit of the sea for a good part of its necessary diet, these fish rarely find their way to the stomachs of any but the more well off among us. One of the problems of the ocean and its ecology is that it is out of our sight and experience. Jacques Cousteau and even Lloyd Bridges helped us see the underwater world on which our "over" world is so dependent and which, in its own right, is so fantastic and beautiful. Rigney captures in words what Cousteau and Bridges conveyed in visual imagery. We would do well to read his story about these amazing fish and come to our senses and stop the slaughter before it's too late. Anglers of the oceans unite, save the swordfish, marlin, and bluefin tuna!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First, a disclaimer: I'm the author's brother. My brother poured himself into this book during five year's of writing and decades spent on the water. His passion and craft as a writer are evident on every page.

In terms of myself, I don't normally read about fishing -- I don't fish -- and I found the book riveting. It moves easily between heart-wrenching, powerful insights into overfishing and profound, inspiring descriptions of the natural world, amazing sport fish, and the people who work with them. Perhaps most importantly, the book delves into why these fish and their world matter to us, not just as a food source but as something deeper.

It is a book worth reading, talking about, and taking action upon, even if that is as simple as changing what fish you order in a restaurant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's a Homeric epic journey that is not only classic in its structure and use of poetic imagery, it also puts us at the scene of Zane Grey-like experiences with the most noble and physically magical creatures of the sea. Required reading for every government bureaucrat and corporate executive whose decisions impact our oceans and the future of 3/4's of the earth's surface. At a more personal level it changed me, helped me understand why I have been mesmerized by saltwater flyfishing for over 20 years, and why being human in a moral sense means we have a real obligation to protect and nurture life around us. This should win a National Book Award or a Pulitzer. I can't say enough...but I will once I configure more well-earned superlatives.

PS. If Australia's recently announced legislative initiative to ban oceanic sportfishing doesn't make this book more prescient, and if John Gregory's April 9, 2012 record swordfish submission doesn't make this book more timely, then I am not sure what will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I've spent my life obsessed with the oceans. I've scuba dived on several continents. I've caught marlin, swordfish and shark. I've spearfished for my supper. And never has there been a book that manages to capture the power of the ocean, not the incredible creatures that dwell in its depths. Until now. Matt Rigney spent the last five years of his life on a quest to tell this great, untold story. With poignant, compelling and exquisite prose he takes the reader on a foam-flecked, ocean adventure with an important moral outcome. The seas as we know them are vast disappearing which is bad news for all mankind. Please read this timely and important book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
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Terrific book. I only wish that the world would take note and change many of the out-dated laws allowing the slaughter of fish everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2012
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I'm not a fisherman - nor a fisherwoman - but "In Pursuit of Giants" is a book for anyone looking for a quick-moving, exciting read full of riveting personal stories and passionate commitment to influence the survival of the giants of the sea. I had the privilege of reading part of the book previous to publication. Now I have in my hands the full copy and it is a gem! Matt's descriptions of the fishermen and places to which he traveled bring his story home to those of us sitting comfortably on our back porches. His ability to "paint the picture" with his writing, and his immense love of his "giants" add up to a glorious read. He asked the tough questions during his research and didn't flinch when approaching even the most disagreeable personalities along the way. In Matt's pursuit of excellence, he has shared with his fortunate readers his book, "In Pursuit of Giants."
BEM, Vermont, USA
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