The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger

The Perfect Storm is a book written by Sebastian Junger that became a New York Times bestseller. The book follows the tale of the Andrea Gail, the Satori, and a plane flown by the US coast guard; it takes place in October 1991. The Andrea Gail and the Satori were two sword fishing boats that fished on the east coast of the US in the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, as the boats were heading to their various destinations a storm beset them. The storm was not a single storm but a combination of three storms; the tempest was one of the worst on record that created over 100 foot waves. Many boats were caught in the storm and the coast guard was brought in. One plane flown by coast guard ran out of fuel and had to be ditched in the ocean; needless to say not everybody made it out alive. The Perfect Storm is a book filled with details and imagery of a very painful week.

The book itself was not long but definitely not short either. It was written in an extremely realistic style so much so that Junger has the exact speeds of the boats at certain times. While this does make the book very interesting if you want an in-depth report on the events of the storm, it causes the book to lack creativity. The book begins to drag because there is no plot. I had hoped that the book would filled with action and that the men would fight an epic battle against the storm at the climax. Going into the story with this mindset changed how I read it, thus I was disappointed when it read more like something the news would cover. Had I not read The Perfect Storm with this predisposed disposition I might have been able to better enjoy it; however, the lack of plot and action made the book boring. There didn’t seem to be a central theme to the story, but my understanding of this event increased greatly. Seeing as I didn’t even know this storm existed anything would be a step up. Regardless the book was extremely informative and while not extremely persuasive or packed to the brim with excitement, the author did a very good of conveying the events of the storm.

-The Prince

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3 thoughts on “The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger

  1. Hello Prince Bradley. Wow, it does not seem like you enjoyed this book very much XD. There are just a couple of thoughts that came to mind when I read this book review. One thing that is working really well in this review is your ability to use vivid imagery whilst describing the plot. When you tell the audience about the 100 feet waves, the boat getting caught, and the plane running out of fuel, I felt like I was there with them. Your way of describing the plot of this book caught my attention, and im sure, the attention of many others. I also appreciated how you told us more of what to expect from the book in terms of how it is written. It prepares the reader in how to read the book. One thing that I feel you could improve upon, is to focus a little more on the positives of the book. I know that when writing a book review, it is important to be critical, however you telling me that this book wasn’t action-packed, lacked a plot, and didn’t meet expectations kind of made me not want to read it. Had there been more positives, I would’ve felt differently. I think more positives about the book would encourage your audience to pick up this book and read it. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. 🙂

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  2. Dear Prince
    I admire your in depth analysis of the book and your honesty in telling your thoughts of it. This gave me a better sense of exactly what the book is like. Although your review is profound, I would have appreciated it if you also focused on the rhetorical devices used, and exactly how the book was written. Besides that, I enjoyed this review.

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  3. Dear Drew,
    I liked that you are giving your honest opinion about things. You are not afraid to tell us that you thought something was boring.
    Seeing as you gave your honest opinion of the book, I must give an honest opinion about your review, and know that I say these things out of love.
    I was bored. And although that isn’t really fair to come out and say when you are writing to a difficult prompt, it wasn’t very interesting. There wasn’t anything to draw me in and make me want to read it. That is one of the hardest parts of writing, so don’t be discouraged.

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