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Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda - True Stories from a Sharm El Sheikh Scuba Diving Instructor

Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda - True Stories from a Sharm El Sheikh Scuba Diving Instructor [Kindle Edition]

John Kean
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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A beautifully written and rare diving book. It was so compelling that we had trouble selecting an extract for we chose five! --Diver Magazine UK

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An Amazon Number 1 Double Best Seller in Scuba Diving and Africa Travel

The Funniest Comedy Travel Book in Years

Top Ten in all Sports and Travel

Leading Amazon Reviews

…An Excellent Read.
...Brilliant Book!!
...A Must Read.
...Great Read.
…Very funny and thoroughly enjoyable.
...I Read it Twice.
...Loved it!
...A super special book, fun to read and enjoyed every page.
...Funny, informative and very well written.
...An Exceptional and Captivating Book.

Ever wanted to jack it all in and start a new life in Egypt? The scuba diving resort of Sharm el Sheikh has been one of the world’s best kept secrets. It only hits the news in times of mishap but behind the scenes of this hugely popular and vibrant city are hundreds of ex-pats living the dream of a life in the sun.

John Kean’s hilarious book, ‘Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda – True Stories from a Sharm el Sheikh Scuba Diving Instructor’ is an inside fly-on-the-wall look at the ups and downs of swapping the rat race for a life in Sharm el Sheikh. It is frank, honest and gripping in sometimes epic proportions, but the humor and magnetic appeal of Sharm el Sheikh and Egypt shines through every time in this beautifully written true story.

Over a decade, this mild-mannered, ex-stockbroker has been chased by aggressive sharks, had a 737 airliner drop from the sky into the sea, broken four bones, been arrested three times and finally, blown up by terrorists. On the plus side, Sharm el Sheikh’s outstanding natural appeal, year round sun and amazingly talented and friendly community of Egyptian and ex-pat residents has made it a home from home, free of the stresses of everyday life in Europe.

Unlike other fly on the wall or ‘inside’ books, John actually takes you along with him for the ride. His accounts are genuine, highly informative and very funny. Turning tragedy and mishap into humor is the book’s strength and you’ll find a laugh on nearly every page.

The story is heavily upstaged by the comical antics of five, highly entertaining characters coming to terms with neutral buoyancy, hangovers and Egyptian taxi drivers. The legendary exploits of the latter are awarded an entire chapter where we’re introduced to, Airbag, Sharm el Sheikh’s worst driver and in contrast, Joseph, who takes up the offer of a job swap, gives John his taxi and becomes a scuba diver for the day!

The most dramatic chapter of Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda is the vivid, minute-by-minute account of dive staff involvement during the Sharm bombings in July 2005. This rare civilian insight of a grand scale terrorist attack shows the human cost of those caught up and the tremendous resolve of unlikely rescuers in preventing further loss of life.

Despite occasional tragedy, Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda is a positive book that will thrill and entertain, portray scuba diving as an engaging and enjoyable sport and show readers the brighter side of Sharm el Sheikh and Egyptian life. Anyone can read and enjoy this wonderfully funny story.

It’s a must read if you’ve ever been even remotely near water!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1546 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: John Kean (10 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Kean is a writer, professional diver and long distance motorcyclist ...occasionally managing all three simultaneously during his popular Diving Bikers series of trips. Following a scuba diving trip to Egypt in 1997, he gave up the City for a new life in Sharm el Sheikh. He has written four books, including 'SS Thistlegorm - The True Story of the Red Sea's Greatest Shipwreck', 'Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda - True Stories from a Sharm el Sheikh Scuba Diving Instructor' and more recently, 'Sharks, Fights and Motorbikes - When it Rains in Egypt'. Just launched is his first crime thriller novel, 'Blinkers - The Birth of Interactive Violence' co-authored with creative producer, Basil Simon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Wife Saw Barracuda 30 Nov 2013
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As a lapsed scuba diver who did my first dives in Sharm, I was drawn to this book. There are a lot of "me, me, me" books about at the moment, some of which are good and some are just somebody's diary that should be kept hidden away. This one, however, was a delight to read.

The over-riding arc of this book is the author's tale of teaching a group of students to dive. In between he tells various stories, both funny and very serious. He tells of his life living and working in Sharm and also some occurrences such as the bombing of Sharm in 2008 with him being on the scene at the time.

I was reading this on holiday and I hadn't dived for 5 years and was a bit nervous about going back in, but it actually made me want to go diving again, so we had a refresher lesson and a nice dive. Having read some of the skills he teaches and how the students coped with them actually helped me a little.

I found this a very enjoyable read. Would it appeal to anyone who hasn't been diving? I'm not sure, but I'd say probably as there are many tales about human character and less about the fish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 12 Nov 2013
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After reading this book I actually went out to Egypt and it was actually the holiday of a lifetime. Sharm was everything I expected, John Keans attention to detail and descriptions of the area are bang on! Diving in the Red sea was one of the best things we ever did! The Egyptians were great people and totaly reminded me of this book! The book was a funny read from beginning to end, it had me in stitches. My wife read it after me and we spent numerous moments laughing about different bits together!Totlay recommend it, get it now!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passion for life 3 Nov 2013
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A lot more than just an account of a professional diving instructor's life in a foriegn land. A cleverly written and entertaining book for divers and non-divers alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Oct 2013
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As a scuba diver I thoroughly enjoyed this book. JK's writing is amusing , informative and varied. As a free Kindle book it was wonderful value. Would have happily paid for it .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have been a diver since 1998 and have read many dive books over the years - however, its not often you come across a book like this one. Told by a Sharm El Sheikh diving instructor, it gives a very candid view into the trials and tribulations of working in one of the industries busiest dive resorts. Without giving too much away, the book grips you from the start with a preview to the tragic events of July 2005, when the resort fell victim to a terrorist attack, claiming the lives of nearly 100 people and wounding many more.....

However, don't be fooled - this book has many facets, some of which will have you rolling in laughter, so much so I spilt a cup of hot tea over myself! I'm still smiling now thinking about the passage in question. The book is based on true events, which makes it all the more readable and spans the authors career from the very start to the present day.

I started reading it in the evening and had it finished by the next afternoon, as I was unable to put it down. Regulars of Sharm may know the author, as he has also written a very informative guide to one of the worlds top wreck dives, the S.S. Thistlegorm, which gets a mention in this book. John Kean's writing style is very relaxed and its like hearing stories from a mate over a pint in the pub.

Its all in here, 'warts an all', with something for everyone - so if you are a diver and certainly if you have ever dived the waters around Sharm El Sheikh, then you will enjoy this book and it comes highly recommended. In fact if you are thinking of trying a dive, then this may well seal the deal for you and have you running for your credit card in search of some sea, sun and fun beneath the waves. A true insight into life behind the mask of a diving instructor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 10 July 2014
By Donkey
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Kept me entertained for a few hours, certainly worth the price, would love to be able to buy in paperback.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 20 Jun 2014
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Plain English, no nonsense insight into the life of a British dive guide in shame. Great to hear what it's like on the other side of the fence/boat/mask so to speak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda 26 May 2014
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the exploits of a diving instructor in Sharm el shake.
from how he became an instructor to his life in sharm.
funny in parts that make divers laugh and cringe but also written so its perfectly understandable by those not yet become divers.
well written and funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story teller and a great insight into the life of a DM
This is an inspiring book about the realty of bring a dive master in Sharm. Some great stories about diving too.
Published 1 month ago by Big Si
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
loved this book, loved the way it is written and have no purchased his other book and cant wait to start reading it, one of the best books ive read
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I enjoyed the book immensely, One of the best books I've read in a long time. I could not put the book down for a second. If you enjoy true stories then this is a book to read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janice elgindy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
This is a very entertaining book. For those of us who dive, not only instructors, there is a lot of familiarity with things that happen, not only was I unconsciously nodding my... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jacqui
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A fantastic read, so enjoyable I found it hard to put down and it is the 1st book I have read in years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tx1oss
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great read.
If you've ever dived around Sharm el Sheikh then you really have to read this book.
It felt like a dive with an old friend, and reminded me of times when the diving out there... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mick Percival
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost wife
read in October 2013
This book, I found to be quite intriguing, is based on true events that gives you a greater understanding about teaching others this same skill. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rickard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny book! :-)
I liked this book all the more cause i do a bit of scuba diving but it would be very readable anyway!
Published 6 months ago by Msj
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillliant Book!!
Great Book to read by the pool in Sharm.... and the man himself lives in the vicinity! :)
Anyone interested in Diving or Sharm in General will love it!
Published 6 months ago by Miss Z Crompton
5.0 out of 5 stars just finished reading this for the second time
Enjoyed it the first time round. Enjoyed it even more after spending a week diving in the Red Sea as I could relate to much more of it.
Published 6 months ago by Bagwash
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