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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
The Wave In Pursuit of the Rogues Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
Author: Susan Casey
From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal,  ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out. — For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories?waves that high would seem to...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780767928847
ISBN-10: 0767928849
Publication Date: 9/14/2010
Pages: 336
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3.5 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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donnamig avatar reviewed The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean on + 16 more book reviews
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I had high hopes for this book after enjoying Casey's previous work, "The Devil's Teeth." However, she spends better than half the book hanging around with surfers, who undoubtedly have a unique perspective on big waves but make pretty dull interview subjects. I felt the science of big waves was given pretty short shrift. Still, the book has its good points and the photos are nothing short of spectacular.
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Chocoholic avatar reviewed The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean on + 291 more book reviews
Wow! What a ride of a book! This book is an examination of the rogue waves that haunt the world's oceans, tearing apart ships, and creating a dangerous playground for some of the best surfers in the world. These are no small waves; these are 60, 80, 120 foot waves. The author spends some time with oceangoing scientists trying to figure out why and how rogue waves happen, and also with shipping industry professionals who have braved the seas and lived to tell the tale (or not, in some cases). But the majority of this book is about the surfers who would tempt fate to surf that one great wave. I am not a surfing nor boating type of person, but I found this book to be immensely addictive reading. It reads less like a nonfiction book and more like an action-packed novel. This is not to be missed!


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