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Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea & One of the World's Deadlie [Hardcover]

Andy Hillstrand
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8 April 2008
“Many brave hearts are asleep in the deep, so beware, beware,” goes the chorus of an old sailors’ sing-along that celebrates the allure and danger of the seafaring life. But make no mistake–there truly is much to beware for those who are drawn to risk their lives and seek their fortunes upon the waves. And perhaps none take more chances than the men and women who brave the tempestuous, bountiful waters of the Bering Sea. Season after season, they bond and battle with its icy depths, determined to reap yet one more rewarding harvest while eluding the ever-present threat of sudden, certain death. And among the rapidly diminishing ranks of these die-hard salts, brothers Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand have forged a reputation as fierce masters of their treacherous, enthralling trade. If you’ve watched their exploits on TV’s Deadliest Catch, you’ve only scratched the surface. To read Time Bandit is to step into their skins, smell the sea air, feel the frigid wind, and know with all your senses the exhilarating, and terrifying life on the edge.

Natives of tiny, fishing hamlet, Homer, Alaska; sons of a hard-bitten, highly successful fisherman; and born with brine in their blood, the Hillstrand boys couldn’t imagine a life without a swaying deck underfoot and a harvest of mighty Alaskan king crabs waiting to be pulled from the ocean floor. In pursuit of their daily catch, the brothers brave ice floes and heaving waves 60 feet high, the perils of 1000-lb steel traps thrown about by the punishing wind, and the constant menace of the open, hungry water.

Even the brothers’ downtime on land–where the deadly realities of the unforgiving sea are never far from their minds–is lived as if borrowed: fast and hard, haunted by the knowledge that the next season at sea could end asleep in the deep.

Here is the Hillstrands’ own heartfelt hymn to the brutally hard, gloriously independent, and mysteriously soul-satisfying life that has earned them their daily bread and defined their existence. By turns raucous and reflective, exhilarating and anguished, enthralling, suspenseful, and wise, Time Bandit chronicles a larger-than-life love affair as old as civilization itself–a love affair between striving, willful man and inscrutable, enduring nature.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Edition edition (8 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345503724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345503725
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 15.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
If you have watched the Discovery Channels 'Deadliest Catch' show you will be familiar with the authors already. This book is a hugely entertaining read about their lives growing up in Alaska, as well as life on board their crab boat. It is hilarious, informative, touching and superbly well laid out creating a real 'page turner' suspense story which runs through the whole book. It is rude/ crude in parts, the story is told in exactly the way you might imagine it would were you to sit in a bar and have them reminisce over several drinks. I cried tears of laughter at parts of this book, the tales of their japes in their adolescence - their poor mother, she really had her hands full! Buy this for anybody who enjoys the show, but also for anybody who enjoys a good laugh - the only useless thing is the title?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading 14 Aug 2013
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As someone who had been involved in boats before had watched programme on tv. Reading the book made so much sense..They must have worked in really atrocious weather
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 31 Mar 2013
By Ethel
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Being an avid fan of "Deadliest Catch" I had no hesitation in buying this book. What a fabulous read! I continually found myself smiling at their antics, being moved by the sadnesses they encountered, and was utterly disappointed when I reached the last page. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone as it is a book for all seasons and for all people. I doubt very much that anyone would not enjoy it. Well done to the Hillstrand brothers, those fearless and brave fishermen of the High Seas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Jan 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it within 3 days. Great to hear about the show from a different angle and to hear about the things the brothers got up to, would definitely recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recomended reading 6 Jan 2013
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Showed a completely different side to the brothers and their lives away from the tv series, bring on volume two!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday reading! 5 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
My husband only ever reads on holiday & is terribly fussy about the type of book chosen (yes, chosen!) for him. Being an avid fan of the show I was sure I was on to a winner with this purchase & was not disappointed. He thoroughly enjoyed the humour & storyline & I'll certainly be looking into other books within the series. Super value for money & delivered promptly - just the type of service you expect from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You got to love those Hillstrands!!! 8 Dec 2013
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Their mom sure had her hands full with those boys!!! The fact that they are still alive with all their bodyparts still attached is a true miracle! Those Hillstrand boys are wild and funny! If you like them on TV, you will love this book! This book is well worth the money if you are a Deadliest Catch fan!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excelant 27 Feb 2013
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i love the way it changes subject, better than most.
i allwas thought the brothers were great laugh's now i know.
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