Deep Sea Fishing Never Had So
Much At Stake
has always been a favorite pastime of Americans. In fact, nearly
twice as many people fish than play golf. According to the U.S.
Wildlife Service Report, 44 million people over the age of six go
fishing. Thats one out of every five Americans.
Like many people living
near the water, Kenneth Kirkby grew up fishing and working on boats.
His father was a fanatical fisherman who took him on one adventure
after another. I remember my father telling me a story about
hooking a blue marlin that charged the boat and stuck a few inches
of his bill in the transom. It broke off and stayed in! Crazy things
always happened on the water, said Kirkeby who authored his
own tale about fishing, The Tournament.
Whether youre an
Old Salt with a room full of mounted catches or if you relish the
tales of the big one that got away, The Tournament puts
you right in the thick of the action of a deep sea fishing tournament.
But theres more drama to this story than reeling in the biggest
captures the lure of the ocean, the privileged world of yachtsmen
and the thrill of falling in love for the first time. Any man who
has ever questioned if hes really become the man he wants
to be, or who still clings to the fantasy of his first love will
see pieces of himself in The Tournament main character, Jim Nielsen.
The backdrop is the late
1970s. Jim is a Vietnam Veteran with a haunting past. He grew
up in a world where men made their livings and lost their lives
at the helm of a boat. After serving in Vietnam , he makes a name
for himself on Wall Street. But financial success isn't enough to
fill the voids of his empty life. Disenchanted, he heads to the
Bahamas for a fishing tournament at a clients request. Much
to his surprise, his love of fishing isn't the only thing that resurfacesso
does his first true love; with her husband in tow.
In a quest to win the
tournament, Jim also faces a much more daunting challengecan
he win back the love of his life? Out on the open water, Jim realizes
this deep sea tourney is about more than catching the biggest fish.
Will he walk away a winner on all fronts?
With descriptions so
vivid that you can practically taste the salt air, The Tournament
weaves a compelling story that highlights the struggles of the human
soul. Whether youre an Old Salt whose arms, hands and shoulders
have been brutalized by the strength and power of a Blue Marlin
as it thrashes, bucks and fights on the line; or if youre
a land-hugger whos never even set foot on a boat, you'll find
yourself caught up in the storyline.
Tournament, by Kenneth Kirkeby
Black River Books, 1996 10th Anniversary Edition
by calling 1-800-431-1579
Kenneth Kirkeby is a
field editor for Sporting Classics, a national outdoor magazine.
Kirkeby brings his love of deep sea fishing to life in his first
novel, The Tournament. A venerable outdoorsman, he hopes that his
novel not only entertains, but also creates a new-found respect
for the treasure trove of life our oceans hold.