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CAPT. MARTY’S PICKS FOR SEASIDE READING

For those who like to settle down with a good book while spending the day on the beach, the boat or the back porch, here are five ‘can’t miss’ suggestions for non- fiction adventure and history on the high seas!

The first three recommendations don’t have anything to do with the Outer Banks, but if you like ocean adventure, you will want to read all three. Most of my friends in the charter and commercial fishing business have read all of author Spike Walker’s books and can understand the challenges of making a living at sea. But when Walker takes us to the Bering Sea to share his experiences there as a crab fisherman, we will all appreciate those king crab legs a little more the next time.

My favorite of Walker’s books is ‘Working on the Edge’, which is a narrative of his struggle to become a part of the Alaskan crab fleet. This is an in-depth look at the men and machinery that make up the fleet of crab boats and the risks they take on a daily basis to make this most dangerous living. In reading it, I found myself sinking a little lower into the warmth of my couch while I could almost taste the salt air in his riveting recollections.

Walker also penned ‘Nights of Ice’, which is a chronicle of survival at sea in those same perilous waters, and ‘Coming Back Alive’ which looks at survival through the eyes of the highly skilled men and women who make up the Search and Rescue teams of the United States Coast Guard and who risk there own life patrolling the Bering Sea and North Pacific. All three of Walker’s books come highly recommended by our own watermen, especially if you are a fan of shows like the Discovery Channel’s, ‘Most Dangerous Catch’. Walker’s books are found in most bookstores and I picked mine up at Manteo Booksellers in downtown Manteo.

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