"... a marvelous loss-of-innocence book,
... well worth reading."
".... pure adventure ... gorgeously written."
“I relived my own past reading Four Thousand Hooks.
The way Adams describes seeing things for the first
time through the eyes of a greenhorn crew member
–the sights and smells, what it's like to really feel work
and exhaustion, being on your own as a young man in
Alaska—brought back memories I didn't know I had.
–Sig Hansen, Captain of the Northwestern
as seen on Deadliest Catch
“Adams tells of the drunken shore leave, the
surprising gentleness and understanding
between crew members, and the rough but
careful teaching of any new crew member to be
part of a team upon which one sometimes had to
depend for one's survival.”
—Margaret Willson, author of Dance Lest We All Fall Down
“Gritty but literate, this book has the
slap–dash of real boat experience. Four
Thousand Hooks never loses its salt. It's about an
'inbreaker' ready to take it all as it comes–fish
slime, full hold, and hopefully a payday.”
—William McCloskey, author of Highliners
FOUR THOUSAND HOOKS:
A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska
FOUR THOUSAND HOOKS is both an absorbing adventure story and a rich ethnography of a way of life and work that has sustained Northwest families for generations. This coming of age story will appeal to readers-including young adults-interested in ocean adventures, commercial fishing, maritime life, and the Northwest Coast.