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River Monsters [Hardcover]

Jeremy Wade
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Book Description

17 Nov 2011

Over ten feet long, it weighs in at nearly a quarter of a ton. Covering its back are armoured plates made of bone. Five hundred stiletto-sharp teeth line its long crocodilian jaws. It's a prehistoric beast of staggering proportions; a fearsome creature from the time of the dinosaurs.

But the Alligator Gar, an air-breathing survivor from the Cretaceous period is still with us today, patrolling inland rivers, hunting in murky waters shared by human communities.

And for Jeremy Wade, described as the 'greatest angling explorer of his generation', the Gar and other outlandish freshwater predators have been an obsession for all his adult life. With names like Arapaima, Snakehead, Goonch, Goliath Tigerfish and Electric Eel, many of them have acquired an almost mythical status.

In a quest that has taken him from the Amazon to the Congo, and from North America to the mountains of India, Wade has pursued the truth about these little known, often misunderstood animals. Along the way he's survived a plane crash, malaria and a fish-inflicted blow to the chest that, according to a later scan, caused permanent scarring to his heart.

In RIVER MONSTERS, Wade delivers a sometimes jaw-dropping blend of adventure, natural history, legend and detective work. It reads like a hunt for the Loch Ness Monster. But it's all true.

These are fisherman's tales like you've never heard before. The stories of the ones that didn't get away ...

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Swordfish; 1st edition (17 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857820001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857820006
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fishing fanatic's Downton Abbey... a terrific book (THE LADY 2012-10-19)

A serious angler with a genuinely pioneering streak, his written accompaniment to the series, now in paperback, is well crafted and, although the species are exotic, the tales of chasing elusive specimins will resonate with all anglers. (ANGLING TIMES 2012-11-06)

A reflective character with a hint of angst about him, he has a travel writer's eye and a philosopher's mind to go with his scientific background. (TROUT FISHERMAN 2012-12-12) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A tale of obsession, adventure, and very big fish...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not recommend this book more 2 Dec 2011
This review is based on the recorded version of the US release; however, I am sure the US and UK versions are very similar - perhaps only slight differences. Regardless, you must read this book, or listen to the recorded version. Mr. Wade narrates it himself and does an incredible job - there is something quite amazing about hearing these tales from the man himself.

This book is not a simple retelling of the episodes - not even close. It is more of an account of how he arrived at each place in time - all the fascinating back stories that give each episode a very unique, more meaningful context.

I have grown fascinated by the subject matter and yet I have never held a fishing rod in my hands. You do not need to be an expert angler, or an angler at all, to enjoy every bit of this book. You need only possess the slightest curiosity about the world around you - a desire to understand what lies beneath the surface.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book............ 23 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
really nice man.

I have never really been into angling much but when I happened to see an episode of River Monsters on the television, I was (pardon the pun) hooked.

Jeremy Wade is a self-effacing chap who really knows his stuff. In the book he narrates how he came to be in whichever country he was at the time and also questions the local people about the myths and legends attached to whatever fish he is trying to hook. It seems that he has fished all over the world with great success and is always informative about his catches and his enthusiasm is infectious.

He also tries to release everything he catches which is what I like so much about him. There are some great illustrations in the book and boy are some of the fish ugly and dangerous! The one on the front cover is enough to give you the heebie jeebies.

This book complements the TV series well and even if you don't like fishing it's still worth buying as it's like a tourist guide too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book 8 Jan 2013
Having thoroughly enjoyed the TV series it was only natural that I should buy the book . I am glad I did . The book has greatly enhanced my appreciation of the TV series . Jeremy Wade manages to remain an enigma but I am in awe of his appetite for adventure and his angling skills . A very enjoyable piece of writing .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic illustrations 25 Oct 2012
By Kendall
This book is worth buying just for the wonderfully detailed woodcut print illustrations by Clare Venables. I wouldn't like to meet any of the fish in person but luckily the author has done that for us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 5 Aug 2014
By Jake
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jeremy Wade is not only an interesting and awe-inspiring person but also an engaging writer. I recommend to fans of the show as this book draws heavily on its content, although Jeremy provides some interesting additional scientific information about the fish featured and includes some autobiographical gems that reveal what an interesting life this dude has had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love!!! 4 Jun 2014
By Lou
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a great purchase for my fiancé who loved it. Has some amazing pictures inside. Jeremy Wade is such an amazing person, definitely worth every penny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fish lovers 16 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a present for my brothers birthday and he has enjoyed it very much so a good buy, thank you.
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By J Smith
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Great book couldn't put it down and made me want to book a flight to south America, congo or wherever else in pursuit of water beasts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
My son and I are both fans of the accompanying TV series and we enjoyed this (which has many extra details that didn't make it into the programmes) immensely. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Mark Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for an angler
Present for my boyfriend who is a keen angler.
The book consists of lots of short stories from Jeremy's adventures over the years.
Published 7 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, full of adventure
Despite having high expectations of this book, I was surprised by how well written and enjoyable it is. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cscape
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really enjoyed the river monster tv program this book is a lot better, it feel's like u here Jeremy wade 's voice taking u through all the experience and advertiser's he had. Read more
Published 12 months ago by karl graham
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVER MONSTERS
Published 12 months ago by pedro
5.0 out of 5 stars great book so far.
Good read for anyone into fishing and dangerous animals. Good photos and very descriptive. Not a book you have to read in a oner. lVery pleased
Published 14 months ago by p.s.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally well written
As a keen freshwater angler and saltwater fisherman, I loved this book. It is exceptionally well written, managing to convey important information whilst retaining a very readable... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D.Buttery
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really enjoyed this, a recommended read for anglers or fans of the program, it gives more insight into some if the fish you've seen on the series.
Published 15 months ago by ed
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