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Sunday, March 25, 2007


Outskirts Press, Inc., Parker, CO
Genre: Fiction/General
Rating: Exceptional
ISBN: 1432701746, $14.95, 205 pp.

Have you ever wondered or thought about living and working on a fishing boat in the Pacific Northwest? I think many of us have had such dreams, me included, but it takes courage and knowledge to follow such a dream . . . it's not an easy life. However, if such a life is not a realistic possibility for you, you can at least experience some sense of this life style as you read Ken's novel. Through his extensive personal experiences, Ken Boire has brought this world to us in a very real way.

Ken is a very gifted, knowledgeable writer with a delightful style which brings his story to life. Allow me to quote a few paragraphs to spark your interest.

"To a certain extent the book is about grief, deep pain, and recovery. Some people deal with loss powerfully. Rex forged a different life after the loss of Sharon. As a failure in the ministry, he might have been expected to be the least likely to recover and advance. Self-realization of his inadequacies became apparent as Sharon’s prognosis became grimmer. His eventual adjustment led him to being the person he’d always wanted to be, a fisher of men. Did Rex find happiness? Is there such a thing?

"A disfiguring accident changed Red’s personality and appearance. In a sense, the obvious changes lost Red to everyone but Molly. She faced grief and deep pain for him. Her love filled a void the accident created in his personality. She was blind to the physical changes. Is love really blind to physical changes? Is love among humans conditional to appearances?

"Jonnie couldn’t face the pain of losing Koo, and burdened himself with guilt. His unconscious reaction was to block out the world. Love of devoted friends retrieved him from the cold blackness of depression. Memories of Koo haunted him for the rest of his life even though he dealt with the guilt. In another dimension, the pain is permanent, and he remains unaware that he has found Pierre Shani. Did Pierre become aware of who Moosemeat was? For a while Moosemeat saw Pierre in every young face. He never stopped looking but when their paths came together all he could see was Koo. Why was it that he never saw Koo in the form of Pierre?"

These are just a few of the fisher characters in this living drama, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Most likely, In the Company of Fishers will satisfy in a small way that longing for the sea. It is a novel you will want to share with family and friends.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - March 25, 2007


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