Stories of Life and Death From the World's Most Dangerous Waters

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of chilling stories about human interaction with the great predators of the sea offers chilling chronicles of human-shark encounters in such works as Peter Matthiessen on the great white shark, Edward Marriott on hunting maneaters off Nicaragua, Jacques Cousteau's studies of shark behavior, and Richard Fernicola's account of the 1916 shark attacks off the New Jersey coast. Original.

Perseus Publishing
Shark picks up where previous Adrenaline titles such as Rough Water and Deep Blue left off, with a collection focusing on man's terrifying interactions with one of the planet's most frightening beasts—an animal that arouses our most primal fears—fears that were recently brought to the surface by an outbreak of fatal attacks on this country's beaches. From novelists to sailors to oceanographers to divers, man's encounters with sharks have produced a diverse body of gripping, often inspired writing by great names in adventure literature. Along with 16 black-and-white photos, selections feature a wide range of work with an emphasis on thrills and chills, including Peter Matthiessen on the great white shark, Edward Marriott on hunting man-eaters off Nicaragua, Richard Fernicola's account of the 1916 shark attacks that inspired Peter Benchley's Jaws, and Jacques Cousteau's studies of the creatures.

Book News
This collection presents 20 accounts of survival, sport, and scientific encounters with sharks, by authors including Arthur C. Clarke, Zane Grey, and Peter Benchley. A few b&w photos are included. May has worked as a writer and editor. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publisher's Group West, 2002
ISBN: 9781560253976
Characteristics: xi, 298 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: May, Nathaniel


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Nov 29, 2015

I checked this out....and I wasn't super impressed, nor interested. A lot of the stories were fictional, and not very interesting (i.e. here, she describes her work with sharks...). Also, it was a bit cheesy, the whole stereotypical "this shark has a taste for humans" fin knifing through the water thing, not very realistic.


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Nov 29, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A lot of detailed, bloody, violent death scenes, not good for kids.


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