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Fishing With Hyenas Paperback – 2016
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"FISHING WITH HYENAS" is a love story between girlie girl Theresa and commercial fisherman Captain Bart, who convinces her to crew on a ninety-two-foot tuna boat plying the North Pacific Ocean. Trading cashmere and high heels for raingear and rubber boots, she becomes a deckhand, confined for three months at a time, thousands of miles from anywhere. Bart’s tight group of fishermen—the Hyenas—become her extended family, but no one explains what appalling weather and hauling thousands of pounds of tuna would do to her hands. Or to her heart. Or to her mind.
After nine months on the water, Theresa returns to life on land. But when Bart finds another tuna boat, he heads back out to Mother Ocean. “See you soon,” are the last words he says to her. Three days later, Bart dies of a massive heart attack.
Grief, financial devastation, and a lawsuit follow, but it is the family of Hyenas who help her pull through. "FISHING WITH HYENAS" is the true story of how it all started and the tale of what happened next.
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Top Customer Reviews
That I know the author and was familiar with the backstory challenged me as I drew opinions about “Fishing With Hyenas.” I mention this to point out that this knowledge resulted in unique perspective as I reflected on this book that otherwise would not have attracted my attention. Amid the challenge of measuring my judgments came the ability to really focus on the crafting and honesty in the writing.
And I found it a fine read. The setting on the open seas as a framework for Theresa’s personal adventure and tragedy held my interest and taught me much as her trying journey unfolded. What I may be saying is that her male audience need not let the emotional subject matter of her memoir keep you from jumping in to this surprising adventure. Her first hand and heroic tales of fishing on the open ocean for weeks at a time will earn your respect for the deeper issues she confronts. When I might get bogged down in the heroine’s personal drama, I would recall that courage, mortality and the unforgiving ocean were the true protagonists, and the pages would keep turning.
Review by the author of Inside: One Woman's Journey Through the Inside Passage