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Master storyteller Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, combines high adventure with practical information in Shark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea."Shark attacks on human beings generate a tremendous amount of media coverage," Benchley writes, "mostly because people are simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations."Benchley describes the many types of sharks, what is and isn't known about shark behavior, the odds against an attack and how to reduce them even further - all reinforced with the lessons he has learned, the mistakes he has made, and the personal perils he has encountered while producing television documentaries, best selling novels, and articles about the sea and its inhabitants. He tells how to swim safely in the ocean, how to read the tides and currents, what behavior to avoid, and how to survive when danger suddenly strikes. He discusses how to tell children about sharks and the sea and how to develop, in young and old alike, a healthy respect for the ocean.As Benchley says, "The ocean is the only alien and potentially hostile environment on the planet into which we tend to venture without thinking about the animals that live there. I know of no one who would set off into the jungles of Malaysia armed only with a bathing suit, a tube of suntan cream, and a book, and yet that's precisely how we approach the oceans." No longer. Not after you've heard Shark Trouble.
©2002 Peter Benchley; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
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"A suspenseful and resonantly informative overview of the lives of sharks and other amazing creatures who dwell in the now worrisomely overfished seas." (Booklist)
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By Amazon Customer on 05-08-05

Before diving with sharks be sure to read this...

I read this book as I was preparing to go scuba diving with sharks in Honduras. It was a fascinating read, dispelling many of the false ideas that people have about sharks. I began to appreciate these majestic animals for their beauty, not the stereotype of killer monsters. When I did dive with sharks (no cage)they were around on all sides, 3-4 meters long and I was transfixed by their beauty. Thank you Peter for setting the record straight.

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By B. W. Larsen on 03-01-03

A biography and a collection of anecdotes

Although not being a novel, this book is more spellbinding than most of Peter Benchley's later work. Besides a great narration of the "birth of Jaws", this book also provides a very personal glimpse into Benchley's life before and after the watershed event that was Jaws.

Following the fame of the movie, we are afforded a glimpse into how Benchley turned the Jaws concept into a life pursuit in and around the ocean. We follow a young Benchley uncertain about the underwater world he made famous into a mature man that has made the ocean his domain.

Shark wrestling hasn't exactly been my life, but Benchley shares a dive in South Florida where he had a Barracuda experience indistinguishable from my own - except Benchley has the power of the master story teller to capture the thoughts and emotions I had in my similar circumstance in a way that, for me, was more than worth the price of admission.

By the way, Peter Benchley is narrating his own work and he is doing an excellent job. I am normally not a fan of authors reading their own stuff (Stephen King comes to mind), but Benchley is a natural. He has a pleasant voice and he does not "overdo" his thing.

The book concludes with a section on the "shark summer" of 2001 where Benchley approaches the media hysteria with a journalistic approach, supporting his thoughts and opinions in a competent manner.

Try the sample, you might like this book!

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