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Glenn Damato is a US Navy submarine veteran, private pilot and avid sailor and adventurer. He lives in Los Angeles. Breaking Seas is his first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Ninth Circle Press (November 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985816201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985816209
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 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 (424 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was prepared to hate this book, after reading Bumfuzzle (or trying to read it) and all the other books about newbies going off on cruises. But my god, I loved this book. The author distinguishes himself as a true comic and philosopher, and humbly narrates a hilarious tale. Who else would include Greek philosophy, my favorite Teddy Roosevelt quote, and a scene from the movie Cool Running? And his ability to write dialog is great. All this at an amazing bargain compared to most other sailing books. I don't get the feeling Damato wrote the book to finance his sailing as an increasing number of sailors are attempting; rather, he seems to have something to say.

SPOILER ALERT: Some may complain the author gave up on his dream. So what? The book isn't about how to circumnavigate, it's about his desire to sail and his discovery of what it's actually like. Not every person who starts a marathon finishes it, but "did not finish" is a hell of a lot better than "did not start".

Thanks Mr. Damato for your down-to-earth yet inspiring story. A great read. I think you may have a screenplay somewhere in there . . . .
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Although the book was fairly well written, I found the actual storyline to be a disappointment. The entire first half of the book covered nothing but getting the boat prepared and the second half was slow and often almost annoying hearing how he allowed his crew members to take charge and make demands of him on his own boat (ie the very annoying "Joyce", whom he obviously resented, but never stood up to.)

I could still have enjoyed the book if the outcome had been different. I was expecting him to accomplish all of this and transform himself into the man that he always wanted to be. Instead, the moral of the story was basically that the guy went through all this time, effort, and expense only to find out that he was not able to be the man he wanted to be, so he just quit. This is a story that plays out every day...nothing at all unusual or interesting about it. After reading it, I almost felt cheated.

Despite the disappointment irt the storyline, there were some entertaining parts and, I suppose, anyone who ever has gone through some form of midlife crisis may be able to relate to him, so I'll rate it a 2 of 5.
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By Opie on September 22, 2013
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When a book includes the phrase "sails off to adventure" in the title, It seems reasonable to expect some damn adventure. You aren't going to find it here my friend. This guy spends chapter after chapter describing the time, effort, and expense he puts into his boat to outfit it for the adventure of a lifetime. Then he sails it down to Cabo with an armada of other rich bastards. He spends a while bumming around Cabo eating AMERICAN food and going through internet withdrawals. Oh! he also includes a bit where he takes a stroll into a real Mexican market and gets his yuppie panties in a bunch because the produce has bugs on it. Hey guess what Glenn?! You're not in Whole Foods! Then he calls his boss, begs for his old nerd job back, and totally throws in the towel. He sails his boat back to California, sells it, and apparently returns to his old life.
Worst. Adventure. Ever.
The thing is, throughout the book he bills it as an around-the-world adventure. Not a group sail to Cabo. When he was contemplating selling the boat I fully expected him to NOT sell, put on his big boy pants, and finish what he set out to do. He does not. He doesn't fail, he just flat out gives up. Yes, he has a hard time finding crew, but he doesn't run out of time, he's not hurt, he's not sick, and doesn't even come close to running out of money. He just wants his old apartment with a flat screen and dry towels back. It's also hard to see what sort of personal growth he managed. He seems to be the same self centered, soft, whiny American by the time the book ends. Come on man!
On a personal level I applaud anyone who tries big things. There's still room in this world for adventure, for people who forge ahead. If you follow your dream and you fail, you deserve a great deal of respect.
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Here is an amateur sailing story that's actually about sailing! So many other books of this ilk are disappointing, in that the stories are more about places visited, than actual sailing. Damato makes you feel like you are there, and sure does tell it like it is, for better or worse! I really enjoyed the story, and it is pretty well written.
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This book had me from the first chapter and I honestly couldn't put it down. It was the first, non-technical book I've read and finished - cover to cover - in years. I even loaded it on an old Kindle DX (the super large one) and turned the font size way up and read a couple chapters while running on the treadmill. I have never wanted to read while running on a treadmill. Ever. But I really couldn't put this book down.

Two, (of the many things) that I really loved about this book was the reminder that "You and your actions determine what becomes real…" and that Glenn Damato is the embodiment of what Steve Jobs was talking about in his 2005 commencement address to Stanford (google it, it's awesome).

I live in Minnesota, and although we have a lot of lakes, I'm about as far from sailing around the world as I can get. But I also share that dream. I was in the Navy and went topside at night while in the Indian Ocean and saw the universe explode with stars. Glenn explains it so much better (than I can) in his book. He took me back to that night that I saw so many stars I couldn't believe what I was seeing. As he described it, you could "feel" the stars… Just amazing…and I wanted to be there all over again. It's my dream to do what Glenn did and he reminded me that it's all about the actions you take.

Never settle. That was something Steve talked about in his speech. Glenn was not born into a sailing family. He had no sailing experience. But he had a dream and he wasn't going to settle for quietly working away at a job and thinking about all the reasons why following that dream wasn't practical. Glenn didn't settle for letting the dream drift away on the tides and reading his story will inspire you to never settle.
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