Dead Reckoning: Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on Its High Seas by Dave Atcheson

Into the Wild

Read Dead Reckoning: Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on Its High Seas Online Free - This is the true story of a journey to a seaside town and the always unpredictable torrent of dark escapades that accompany a life at sea. It’s a story of a world peopled by those who often live on the frayed edges of society, who shun the world in which most people thrive. It’s a story in which college students and “fish hippies” work in canneries alongside survivalists, rednecks, religious freaks, and deckhands with damning secrets in dangerous waters, driven by the need to feed an insatiable appetite for adventure.

This is the heart of the world Atcheson found himself in at the age of eighteen. Having never even seen the ocean, he took his first job on the Lancer with Darwin Wood, a man so confounding, so complex and so frightening, that it’s hard to believe Atcheson walked away from that job unscathed. Forced to buddy up with a murderer in order to cope, Atcheson began to question his deeply ingrained ideas of success and status. The resulting conflict would finally resolve itself fifteen years later, in the least likely of places: on the Bering Sea, aboard a boat in peril, during a night of terror that would reshape the lives of everyone involved.

Reminiscent of The Perfect Storm and Into the Wild, Dead Reckoning is not only an intimate look at life at sea, but also an insider’s view into one of Alaska’s small communities, and the myriad of upstarts, dropouts, and rogues that color its landscape.

Title : Dead Reckoning: Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on Its High Seas
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ISBN : 162873681X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Bill rated it ★★★★★

July 14, 2014

A combination coming-of-age story and ripping tale of danger in the Bering Sea, DEAD RECKONING is The Deadliest Catch without the cameras. Atcheson does a fine job of capturing the unique mindset that so many of us Alaskans display, while also conveying the sheer power of the mighty oceans around...

Sara rated it ★★★★☆

July 22, 2017

I really can't say enough about this book. Dead Reckoning is Atcheson's first foray into the world of narrative non-fiction, and it's incredibly effective. This really is The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea meets Into the Wild, and Atcheson's reflective asides and telling of th...

Daniel rated it ★★★★★

November 14, 2016

Really captures the fishing life from the point of view of a newcomer and later an experienced hand. Also,this is one of the better "coming to Alaska" stories I've read. Does jump from one story, or part of the story, to the next (from past to present) and the reader needs to take note of that at...

Dave rated it ★★★★★

January 14, 2016

Just as good the second time.

Andy rated it ★★★★★

April 09, 2014

I really enjoyed his book, from the story itself to the descriptions of the places and the characters —I know Karl Kircher and Dave captured him well—to the foreshadowing and growing dread of the approaching near catastrophe. He captured what many Alaskan commercial fishermen feel, and try to ign...

Val rated it ★★★★★

June 23, 2017

So enjoyed this book. Dave has a great love of Alaska and some great fishing stories. I lived in Alaska in the 1970's and 1980's and loved every minute of it. This brought back good memories. Thanks Dave for your story so well told.

Christina rated it ★★★★★

April 20, 2015

This is a gripping tale of the physical environment of Alaska, the gritty yet colorful nature of commercial fisherfolk, a tale of survival, and the insight after the fact.

Shawn rated it ★★★★★

December 28, 2014

excellent description of the time and place. Woody is gone and Seward has changed somewhat but the sea, and fishing, are still much the same, and young people still come up every year to start their own adventures. Some never leave.

Shauna rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2014

Once I started reading it I cod t out it down!!! Well done

Straker rated it ★★★☆☆

December 26, 2015

Generally interesting book falls apart somewhat at the end, when the author tries to convey his feelings in the aftermath of a near-death experience at sea. His reactions, and those of his shipmates, just seemed completely bizarre to me. Most of the book, however, is more successful as the author...

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