Giving the Finger*: Risking It All to Fish the World's Deadliest Sea

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A prequel to the newest Deadliest Catch star’s rise to fame—Captain Scott Campbell, Jr.’s account of working as an Alaskan crab fisherman, the most dangerous job on the planet; injury and death on the Bering Sea; enormous riches; a stormy home life; and life behind-the-scenes of cable tv’s most successful reality show.

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Captain Scott Campbell, a.k.a. Junior, was just 26 when he captained his first boat, he's been at the helm of the Seabrooke for more than ten years, turning the vessel into one of the top producers in the fleet. Living and working by his motto of "never be satisfied," Junior is always looking for innovative ways to catch crab.

Writer Jim Ruland is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a Boatswain’s Mate and traveled all over the Western Pacific. He has won numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his story "Homeward Bound" was the winner of the Reader’s Digest 2012 Life Story contest.

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Campbell, famous for his role in Deadliest Catch, will likely surprise his fans with this thoughtful and nuanced look at the hard reality of an Alaskan fisherman, including when he almost lost a finger. With writer Ruland he documents the fishing life he was born into. Campbell pulls no punches as he decries his school difficulties and late diagnosis of dyslexia, his frustration with having to hold together the small family farm in Washington while his father was away working in Alaska, and the struggle to find a place for himself amid relentless hazing by his father’s crew. The overwhelming casualty in all this was his relationship with his high-school sweetheart and wife, Lisa. Their personal travails remove any romance from the fishing life, and Campbell makes clear all that he has missed, such as the births of his daughters and family birthdays, adding up to years of disappointments that resulted in devastating marital strife. Campbell does provide expected blow-by-blow accounts of his fishing exploits, but this autobiography packs a far more serious and emotional punch. --Colleen Mondor

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