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Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories: Adventures of a Reluctant Photographer's Assistant Paperback – July 20, 2010
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Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories: Adventures of a Reluctant Photographer's Assistant Michael Bennett
Captain Michael Bennett has been places most of us can only imagine, and along the way, he's had experiences both amazing and baffling. Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories is a delightful read.
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Michael Bennett shares powerful memories of his adventures with readers-a work that combines memoir and travel to offer a sumptuous treat to fans of photography and National Geography. The writing is light and humorous, and readers will undoubtedly find themselves entertained most of the time. The author's love for adventure, especially anything to do with water, is very powerful, and it comes across clearly in the way he'd drop everything and get ready for the next adventure when Flip calls.
The narrative voice is authoritative and it lets the reader in on the fact that the narrative is factual. It is one thing to read fiction and quite another to read factual narratives that are entertaining. One gets the unmistakable feeling that Michael Bennett knows how to make a story enjoyable. The idea of letting readers in on the secrets of what goes on behind the tantalizing photos they get on National Geography is stellar. The stories are mesmerizing, and readers will enjoy the cultural commentary, the encounters with other peoples, and the sheer fun of exploring new terrains and discovering new things. But the dangers that come in the way make the stories even more exciting. Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon is a fun and enjoyable read.
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Captain Michael Bennett has been places most of us can only imagine, and along the way, he's had experiences both amazing and baffling. Whether it's being hassled by surly dolphins, befriending a hermit crab on a treacherous island, spearheading the rescue of an orphaned orca, or relying on sheer luck to cross conflict-stricken Sri Lanka, Bennett has plenty of engaging tales to tell.
Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories is a collection of anecdotes and stories from his travels far and wide, it's a delightful read. A laid-back, yet immensely capable, seaman with diving, navigation, and photography expertise under his belt, he's the perfect right-hand man for any impromptu expedition. He has the indefatigable spirit of someone who has seen many incredible things, yet hasn't lost his sense of awe and appreciation for the world's wonders.
And while the title claims he was a reluctant assistant, his boundless enthusiasm for his work and adventures is inescapable, as is his pride in the fine work he and photographer Flip Nicklin produced for National Geographic. (Although I'm sure he'd prefer not to have been bitten by rude dolphins to get those impressive photos.)
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