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William Travis

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Book Description

Sept. 27 1992 Century Travellers
An inveterate adventurer and explorer, William Travis abandoned his flying career for the seas of the Indian Ocean to dive for saleable shell of the coast of the remote Seychelles. There he found a world apart, one which tourists were yet to discover, where underwater coral dazzled the eye and where killer sharks appeared from depths to threaten the lives of the author and his men. Taking on a local and eccentric crew, Travis went on to purchase the decrepit cutter, "Golden Bells" and fished for shark. At sea for weeks on end, he sailed by instinct, survived by insight. This book incorporates two of Travis' adventures, "Shark for Sale" and "Beyond the Reefs", and presents a portrait of a world now lost forever.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK; New edition edition (Sept. 27 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099749904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099749905
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,718,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars adventure to a lost time and place April 9 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
This was a really nice find; one of those books you might not think you want to read, but once you've started it, you can't put it down. This book details the life of the author --- "an inveterate adventurer and explorer" according to the publisher --- who ends up living among the locals in the Seychelle Islands in the 1950s. His primary occupation is fishing ... for sharks. Travis offer the reader some thrilling, absorbing, and sometimes scary accounts of adventures underwater, onboard ship, and back on land in a small town. He is a gifted writer who presents vivid descriptions of what he sees and feels. His obervations and stories are also sometimes very poignent and moving. In addition to tales of the sharks, this book reveals an engaging cast of eccentric characters who worked for Travis on the fishing trips. The back cover calls this a "vivid and fascinating portrait of a world now lost forever" ... and that about sums it up. Thankfully, Travis's writing skills can transport the reader back to that time, so much so that you can almost smell the salt water, see these men, and feel the terror of having a shark brush up against your skin.

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