- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Dancing Moon Press (October 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937493997
- ISBN-13: 978-1937493998
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fishing With Hyenas by Theresa Mathews is a fascinating tale of her real lifeadventures on the open sea with a group of fishermen. You can almost smell thefish as you crash through the adventure in the ups and downs of life on thesea. Mathews does a wonderful job of relaying a bevy of interesting facts aboutthe world of commercial fishing as well as about the tight knit group offishermen that are affectionately called the Hyenas. Mathews describes howdifficult life on the sea can be, especially for someone like her, whodescribes herself as a 'girly girl'. During her time on the trip, she findsthat she is tougher than she ever imagined. She learns how to work through painand soreness, and to endure the difficult work and long days. The trip ends,but the story delves deeper into issues of personal tragedy and financialstresses that envelop her life.
Fishing With Hyenas by Theresa Mathews is one of those books that teaches youabout a subject not commonly understood and, for that, I really enjoyed thecontent. I loved all the interesting facts about fishing. Mathews does awonderful job of keeping your interest throughout the story and I had notrouble at all with the flow. Mathews' raw emotions at the beginning allow youto connect with her right away and feel her emotional struggle, as she has tocope with a sudden life change. She creates a fast reading story that pulls youthrough the pages like a rip tide, and your emotions will ebb and flow alongwith hers.
About the Author
Theresa Mathews lives in the Pacific Northwest and works from her home office as a Corporate Recruiter. She always loved writing and applied that passion to her recruiting career, so in 1999 when her new love, Captain Bart, lured her to sea for a three-month fishing trip on the North Pacific Ocean, she decided she would write a book about her adventures. After seventeen years in the making, she now shares her story with the world. More info: https://theresa-mathews.com. Awards: Fishing With Hyenas won the 2018 Best Memoir by Pacific Book Awards. Fishing With Hyenas won First in Class for the 2017 Journey Award (narrative non-fiction), an international contest by Chanticleer Reviews. Fishing With Hyenas received national recognition by Independent Press Award as a Distinguished Favorite in the 2017 IPA Award for the memoir category.
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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.