Outlaw Ocean was written by a friend of mine, Ian Urbina. I have had the book in my possession (a signed copy, no less), but I will admit that I stalled a bit in picking it up. While it is a #1 best seller in “Fisheries and Aquaculture” (?), it’s not my usual cup of tea. Amazon describes: “There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world’s oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.” I had been to Ian’s debut book talk at P&P in August and was lined up to see him again at the end of the month, so I figured I had better give it a go. And, I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN! This was a really gripping read, mostly because, Ian is a talented storyteller (just read some of his NYT work to see) and also because he is clearly CRAZY. The risks that he takes and the things he did to get this book written were amazing, awe-inspiring, and just plain insane. However, it certainly made for great reading. While you might, like me, not think this is the kind of piece for you, I assure you that’s it’s worth delving into. It’s terrific!!
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