Why did I love this book?
Stepping away from his ‘normal’ genre of historical fiction, Wilbur Smith has created an ocean adventure novel that anyone with seafaring urges or experience would love to read. As a longtime seaman, with my own vast experience on the ocean, this book will take you to places and adventures far beyond any that most seamen have ever experienced. Based on the unique life of a marine engineer/adventurer, Hungry as the Sea takes the reader on an epic adventure into the treacherous realm of the Antarctic, aboard an ocean-going tugboat intent on trying to save a floundering cruise ship. I could feel nature’s elements and life’s dangers on every page.
As a 100-ton licensed United States Coast Guard Captain, I have seen and experienced many frightening and challenging moments at sea. This book, Hungry as the Sea, shares and captures the essence of what makes the oceans so frightful, and yet so enticing. I love Smith’s writing, his ability to ‘paint’ the complete scene on every page, and the honesty and graphic descriptions of each encounter his characters see and feel. While I have personally encountered many challenges on the ocean, Smith’s writing proves to me that I have ‘not seen it all’. This book reminds me that although they can be explored, the oceans will never be tamed.
While I cannot even pretend to compare my writing to that of Wilbur Smith, my book shares some of my own experiences at sea, along with some insight into what it might be like for others to hop aboard a boat bound for places most people only dream about.