Absolutely one of the finest books I have read. That doesn’t mean it is not embellished and enhanced here and there, typical of the best fish stories. Hand Troller captures the bold Alaskan way of life on the water as told by a small time fisherman. A vanishing breed; a vanishing way of life. But Mike McConnell is not bitter, he is grateful for a life that has encompassed large vistas, honest friendships and the thrill of fighting a big king salmon. The splendor of self recognition in an untamed world.
The dialog is a treat. It is spoken right from the deck and right from the dock. It will have you laughing until your glasses fog over. The story is told so honestly that the characters quickly become friends. A rare bond develops.
Most will never experience SE firsthand. The turned pages of a book will have to substitute for the roll of the boat, the aroma of strong coffee and the sound of fresh caught salmon sizzling in the pan. Please…….give yourself a wonderful gift. Buy Hand Troller. Share it. Read it to your spouse, read it to your kids.
This is the real deal. Don’t hesitate. Don’t let it be the one that got away.
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