- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432719424
- ISBN-13: 978-1432719425
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,004,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Reading the book, I learned something about Rafkin as well. He has great admiration for commercial fishermen because he spent time on these vessels when he was younger and has first hand experience of how tough and dangerous the life on such a vessel can be.
You can tell from the book that this is not a book based on second-hand research, but a book based on first-hand experience and the admiration for the men who are commercial fishermen comes clearly through.
For anyone who likes the Deadliest Catch and their adventures or who likes to read about the Ocean and men who make a living from it will certainly enjoy this book.
Filled with the raw emotion that comes from having "been there, done that", Andrew Rafkin lets readers take a peek inside the world of the illusive fisherman. You may be surprised by all it entales. Upon reaching books end though...you will certainly have a new found respect for both them and their trade. An interesting read for sports enthusiasts and even those that merely love a real life adventure on the high seas....
Andrew a gifted story teller uses the first person narrative in telling his story. He drew me into his life by taking me back to my own teen years. A younger Andy relates the adventure from his viewpoint, including tales of liaisons with Rosa, Lauren, Nicole, and Erin. These relationships add an element of romance to Andy's 17th summer. In a climatic ending Andy fast forwards to a setting two years later and an unforgettable adventure on a commercial fishing trip that turned a dream opportunity into recurring nightmares.
The book is rich in information on the back ground of sports fishing and the history of commercial fishing and reveals Andy's love for the ocean and fishing. He takes the reader from Monterey to San Diego on the West Coast all along the East Coast from Florida to Massachusetts. He describes the Western Ace as a modern day purse seiner that cruised at 11 to 12 knots with the capacity to hold 800 tons of fish.
I became personally involved as Andy described the fourteen members of the crew and their reaction to the delays in port, the thrill of the catch, the tropical rains, the hurricane force winds, and the crashing waves battering against the ship. The life of a commercial fisherman is perilous and is the most dangerous of all professions experiencing more fatalities per year than any other vocation.
I was moved as Andy recalled of the importance of the summer as a bonding experience with his father.Read more ›
Fortunatly, the storyline was extremely engaging. The story premise is somewhat basic in that a 17 year old boy ends up spending his summer on the water, fishing with his dad. While this may sound kind of "hum hum" - it was actually a wonderful premise for the storyline that develops from there.
Red Sky Morning is about a young man discovering who he is, but also discovering about life. Through a series of events that happen to him, over the course of the summer - including wonderful ones such as discovering women and his own attraction, to gaining a better understanding that life can be harsh - this book explores the need for every one to grow up, at their own pace, living their own experiences.
I liked the portrayal of the relationship between the son and father - at times touching, at times more complicated. In fact, it was interesting to me that both son and father were given "growing up moments" in this book.
The pace was nice, although at times, it could have picked up just a bit. However, this is a very minor complaint for a storyline and book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Taking a look into the life of a fisherman wasn't really up my alley, but the more I got into this book the more I truly enjoyed it. Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by Bmix34
"Red Sky Morning" by Andrew J. Rafkin was a pleasant surprise for me to read. After having read some of his fast paced techno thrillers I decided to give this one a try. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Andrew Rafkin gives his readers a surprise in his novel "Red Sky Morning" Though I was expecting another novel like his others involving the ORCA adventures, I thoroughly enjoyed... Read morePublished on July 2, 2010 by Jennifer S
Not many people have faced events that have had a profound effect on their life. In "Red Sky Morning" Andrew J. Read morePublished on June 24, 2010 by Michael Harrison
When you read this book titled "Red Morning Sky" by Andrew Rafkin you will have to pull yourself back and remember that this is not part of his ORCA series. Read morePublished on June 15, 2010 by J. Cormier
"Red Sky Morning" by Andrew J Rafkin takes you a a real life summer adventure of a 17 year just coming of age. Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Louise Kennedy
I was really disappointed that this wasn't one of his Reef and ORCA stories. It was a personal/adventure account of some moments in his life to an adventure on commercial fishing. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Amethyst