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.