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Deadliest Waters: A Story of Survival on Alaskan Seas [Kindle Edition]

Sig Hansen , Mark Sundeen
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Sig Hansen has been a star of the Channel 4's The Deadliest Catch from the pilot to the present. Seen in over 150 countries, the show attracts more than 49 million viewers per season, making it one of the most successful series in the history of cable TV. With its daredevil camera work, unpredictably dangerous weather, and a setting as unforgivable and unforgettable as the frigid Bering Sea, The Deadliest Catch is unlike anything else on television.
But the weatherworn fishermen of the fishing vessel Northwestern have stories that don't come through on TV. For Sig Hansen and his brothers, commercial fishing is as much a part of their Norwegian heritage as their names. Descendents of the Vikings who roamed and ruled the northern seas for centuries, the Hansens' connection to the sea stretches from Alaska to Seattle and all the way to Norway. And after twenty years as a skipper on the commercial fishing vessel the Northwestern -- which was his father's before him -- Sig has lived to tell the tales.
To be a successful fisherman, you need to be a mechanic, navigator, welder, painter, carpenter, and sometimes, a firefighter. To be a successful fisherman year after year, you need to be a survivor.
This is the story of a family of survivors; part memoir and part adventure tale, North by Northwestern brings readers on deck, into the dockside bars and into the history of a family with a common destiny. Built around a gripping tale of a deadly shipwreck like The Perfect Storm, North by Northwestern is the multi-generational tale of the Hansen family, a clan of tough Norwegian-American fishermen who, through the popularity of The Deadliest Catch, have become modern folk-heroes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1418 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (28 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M69WIA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know the real people 29 Jan. 2011
By Flo G
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I've followed 'Deadliest Catch' for several years now and although I love the programme, I would never assume to know the guys we watch. Theirs is a dangerous, tiring, backbreaking - sometimes lethal - world of work that fills you with admiration and makes you pause for a moment whenever presented with a plateful of Alaskan crab. This book brings you a step closer to the real men behind the images that we watch on tv in the comfort of our homes. They are hard-working family men, proud of their Norwegian roots and refreshingly unsullied by tv fame. They demonstrate outstanding loyalty to one another, the boat and it's heritage and this comes thundering across in the book. Well written, informative and factual. Few of us will probably ever meet these guys in person but, if you respect the crew of the Northwestern and what they do, you'll love this book and it'll make you understand their philosophy and tenacity just that little bit more. As to the 'cussing' that someone else has commented on.. sorry, that's fishing for you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad if you like alaska crab fishing 17 Nov. 2010
By Luke
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If you have watched The Deadliest Catch, or are interested in commercial fishing, you will probably enjoy this very straightforward book describing the life of a hard-working family of Norwegian-Americans fishermen. Simple, honest, to the point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An honest look to a dangerous job 22 July 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Whilst many know Sig and the Hansen family from TV's Deadliest Catch, the history behind the current crew of the Northwestern is not only fascinating but engrossing as a hard life with tough choices and even greater consequences leads the reader to get a greater understanding of these heroes of the Baring Sea.

The story of the family is told with passion, with gusto and of course with a caring manner that to a certain degree goes against the gruffness that many expect from these Alaskan toughened men. Yes there is swearing within but when life is as harsh as it is, what do you expect. All in, a truly fascinating read and one that leads me to a newfound respect for these men who risk it all as they journey with the harshest mistress of them all, the sea. Cracking stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 19 Oct. 2012
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Having been a big fan of Deadliest Catch and run out of episodes to watch until next year, I decided I'd get this book to try and fill some of the gap in between. Having done so, it's everything I expected and more. The book covers numerous different areas, switching between them in such a way that you always feel like you're reading something new. You get to hear about the Hansen family history, the history of crab fishing in Alaska, some random tales about vikings, more detailed explanations about how crab fishing works and, of course, plenty of exciting tales from at sea!

I usually find it quite difficult to motivate myself to read much but I haven't had a problem with this book. As such, I'd highly recommend it to any fan of Deadliest Catch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 13 July 2014
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I sure most people who will read this have watched the show, the book fills in the gaps . if your nosey (like me) about the Hansens. It makes the show more enjoyable when you feel you know more about the people involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I could hardly put it down 4 Oct. 2011
By Dylan
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OK I am a fan of the show, have been since the first episode. However I dont normally buy books about programs but when I read 3 pages of this on line I knew I needed my own copy. This is one of those books that you just cant put down, this book seriously kept my up night after night until I finished it.

I gives a great insight in to the history of the Hansen family, Alaskan fishing and the tough life in the American North West. It is also amusing and sad, full of life and was so good I lent it to my Mum, who read it then purchased her own copy for her home library.

This is brilliant and you should read it, even if yuo haven't seen the show!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 8 Sept. 2013
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a really enjoyable book but if you buy this book don't buy "North by Northwestern" as despite it looking completely different on the outside they are exactly the same book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 1 Dec. 2012
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Great book well worth reading if you a fan of the deadliest catch, very interesting background information on the Hansen family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Worth the read if your into fishing ...
Good book. Worth the read if your into fishing or deadliest catch at all. Was surprised to see it well written
Published 10 months ago by Aza
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadliest Waters
This is a good read about the life of the Hansen family and what the life is on the Bering Sea.
Published on 9 Jun. 2013 by Nel
5.0 out of 5 stars North by Northwestern
This is a brilliant book. Knew of the boat from Deadliest Catch, which I love but the book covers a lot of Sig Hansen's family history and his dad, with nice family photos. Read more
Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Angelic76
4.0 out of 5 stars ironmen woodenships
it makes for a dam good read true to life story I recon it a must read no bars hold every thing is put into the book where they came from in there old wooden boats life back then... Read more
Published on 18 Mar. 2013 by william morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I could not put this book down, it is a fantastic read and full of information about crab fishing I did not know from watching deadliest catch. Read more
Published on 8 Mar. 2013 by dave curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic catch.
From the Vikings to the Hansens. Fantastic book focussing on the history behind what we see on the screen. Read more
Published on 7 Feb. 2013 by Kit
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant! It is well worth a read. If you watch the Deadliest Catch and enjoy it, you will like this book!
Published on 6 Feb. 2013 by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Sig
This is a good read about the life of the Hansen family and what the life is on the Bering sea.
Published on 26 Oct. 2012 by Robert James
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