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In Pursuit of Giants - A Quest that Delivers
on July 15, 2012
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.