Decision Time

The last week on the boat has been a mad house. Half of the crew are so sexually frustrated and petty that without Faisal or a figure of ‘authority’ on the boat they have, between them, gone all out on being generally screwed up.
I should have known it was going to be a crazy week when the captain turned up with his f-ugly Egyptian prostitue who, for appearances sake he insisted to most people was his ‘wife’. Maybe she is, but guaranteed next week they’ll be divorced before he moves in for another ‘weekly wife’.
So, the guy who spent so long lecturing others on screwing around on board sets out to spend the week doing the exact same thing, without any sense of irony or double standards.

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‘The Tristan Betrayal’ by Robert Ludlum

After reading (and loving) the Bourne Trilogy a while ago I finally got around to buying another Robert Ludlum novel.
Similar to the Bourne Trilogy, except a tad more predictable and not quite as gripping, The Tristan Betrayal makes for a pleasant read with an interesting take – inserting the main character (Stephen Metcalfe) as a silent but critical player in two real moments in history (the formation of Operation Barbarossa and the fall of Communism in Russia 50 years later). Ludlum (as is fairly self-explanatory from someone who’s sold as many novels as he has) writes well, providing a fairly vivid feel to the various scenes in which the action is set.
Whilst, as I said earlier, some of the plot becomes predictable in places, certainly the twist right near the end which finally reveals who the inside leak is was, to me at least, a complete surprise.

Would I read it again? Sure, but it isn’t high on my ‘to re-read’ list.

‘The Game’ by Neil Strauss

Funny, intriguing, unbelievable, interesting, witty – true.

I can’t really think how to put any form of description as this book, it’s just a book that I think everybody should read and that everybody will enjoy.

Couldn’t put it down. Already I want to re-read it. Go get a copy.

Here’s the Amazon Link

‘No Man’s Land’ by George Monbiot

One word: Fantastic.

I though when I read ‘Posioned Arrows’ a year or so back that it was a fascinating thing for the author to have done, and this book just helped reconfirm what a cool thing it was for him to have done, with the three books (Amazon Watershed being the next one I want to read, preferably soon!) covering diffferent areas all with a similar style.
As I already said about ‘Poisoned Arrows’, his writing style is fantastic and is a voice of reason it is difficult for even the most die-hard opposition to oppose. He argues with reason, clarity and, most importantly facts from both sides of the equation, demonstrating the inherent misunderstandings on behalf of the (largely) Western conservationists.

My biggest regret of reading this is that I now feel I have a moral obligation to NOT visit the Savannahs and Safari Resorts, and I feel doing it the way Monbiot did it would become quite awkward!

Tired and Frustrated

Well, just getting ready to go for the third dive of the day – way behind schedule.

Why are we behind schedule? Mainly because the boss and the captain chose to stay up drinking till the wee hours of the morning, leaving the captain basically too innebriated to be arsed waking up and running the show on time, as he should of done, irrespective of that fact that he probably wasn’t in a fully fit condition to be in charge of the boat in the first place. But that’s by the by, we’re here now.

I am a lot less frustrated now than I was when I woke up / was woken up by a pissed boss at 3 in the morning which I thought, and still think, was just way out of line given the general amount of work we have on and hence the little amount of time we get to sleep, waking one or both of us up for no reason whatsoever other than to showboat and do the whole “I’m the boss” chest-beating thing. Maybe I’m being biased though…

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‘The Last Godfather: The Rise and Fall of Joey Massino’ by Simon Crittle

Short, but a very interesting account as to the decline of Joey Massino. Whilst serving as more of a brief introduction to the subject than a complete history (which I get the impression would span MANY more pages) it is clearly written and captivating.
If you have any sort of passing interest in the American Mafia or the Five Families then you should pick up a copy of this.

‘Dead Souls’ by Nikolay Gogol

First things first – this book took me way too long to read – by a long way.
Not because it’s a poor book by any means – whenever I started reading it I got into it – but it is a fairly arduous read, being a translation from the original Russian into English, which makes it at times hard work to plough through – although not in the same way Dostoyevsky is hard work – Gogol’s tone throughout is much more mocking and easy to read.

And that’s also what I like about the book – it is such a mockery of what Gogol saw as wrong with Russia, and more specifically the Russian nobility, at the time as to be highly enjoyable (or at least that’s how I read it) and indeed, very funny throughout. It’s a shame the second part is a broken manuscript as I feel I could have read much more of it quite easily, but the first part alone is entertaining enough.

If you’re into reading some Classic literature then it’s definitely worth looking at.