Rainer Maria Rilke

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Title Was More Terrifying Than the Book

Close To Shore:  The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 by Michael Capuzo
(Historical Thriller)

This book focuses on the summer of 1916 when a rogue shark swam into the New England states, snuck up into a New Jersey river and killed several people.  A fascinating topic and one that I haven't read about in book form before.

The background information in this book is very lengthy but vital for understanding the mind frame of early 20th centurions.  The book was written in a very interesting way and had a variety of perspectives, even taking on the point of view of the shark in a  few instances.  Taut energy fills the pages and you literally never know when the shark will attack.  Every page reads just like a slow leisurely swim while underneath lurks action and excitement, popping up and surprising the reader every few minutes.  Most of the description is chilling and graphic but most unbelievable are the beliefs and science theories of that time period--almost as strange as the rogue shark itself!

While some parts did drag and it was a bit hard to concentrate, it is a comprehensive look at a thrilling, and chilling, American historical summer.

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