By Peter Hunt
Peter Hunt crewed on five Andrea Doria expeditions during the early 1980s before becoming a Navy pilot and settling in Washington State. Nearly twenty years after first exploring the Andrea Doria – and following twelve months of training in the sport’s amazing advances in equipment and techniques – Hunt hugged his wife and children goodbye and returned to New York to dive the Andrea Doria once again. The experience transformed him forever.
Setting the Hook explores the Andrea Doria through an introspective odyssey of memory, heart-pounding adventure, and history as thirty years of extreme diving and enduring friendships merge in a personal tale of learning to accept life’s oldest challenge.
A deep-sea diver explores shipwrecks and his own character in this gripping scuba memoir…Hunt’s taut scenes and meticulous prose will have readers holding their breath, but his saga probes hidden depths as well. -Kirkus Reviews
…fascinating read of true adventure, very much recommended. -The Midwest Book Review
“Setting the Hook” is excellently written, well structured, and superbly proofed…fully delivered on the diving, adventure and technical fronts, but it was the human angle of the author’s very personal journey that elevates this much recommended book. -C. H. Blickenstorfer, scubadiverinfo.com
…a book truly meant for everyone…heartfelt and inspiring story of diving, the fragility of life, and a reflection on our humanity. -Dive News Network Media Group, publishers of five regional print and electronic magazines
Peter Hunt’s engaging memoir…offers a thoughtful perspective of America’s wreck diving scene. -Simon Rogerson, British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) SCUBA Magazine
…a story of camaraderie, conflict, drama, success and failure in early technical diving, and also one man’s personal struggle…thought-provoking…highly recommended. -Jesper Kjøller, DYK–The Scandinavian Dive Magazines
…the story of a wreck diving pioneer and the personal story of a man…Setting the Hook is a great read…well written…a great diving book, but an even better people book. -Charles George, Wreck Diving Magazine
A “Must Pack” book for your next dive vacation… -Sport Diver Magazine
By David Schachne
The Trek: Adventure and Enlightenment on a Climb to the Summit of Kala Patthar, Above Mount Everest Base Camp, tells the story of David Schachne’s adventure in November, 2004, when he went on a trek, attempting to summit Kala Patthar, a mountain which towers above Mount Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet) in the Himalayas. At 18,192 feet above sea level, the summit of Kala Patthar offers successful climbers one of the most amazing views of Mount Everest (29,035 feet) without having to put your life at risk by entering the Khumbu Icefall toward Everest’s South Col route, or by climbing Mount Lhotse (27,940 feet) or Mount Nuptse (25,791 feet), the two high peaks closest to Everest. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Schachne loved visiting the great outdoors as a teenager, going camping and hiking in the Catskills and the Adirondacks. Throughout his early adult life, he had a burning desire to go trekking in the beautiful, magical and magnificent Himalayas. This wasn’t just due to his love of the mountains and trekking. He believed going there would somehow make his life more fulfilled. An avid hiker, Schachne certainly did not expect his trek to be a “walk in the park”, but he was ill-prepared for what was in store for him. Continuously dodging bull-dozing yaks and dzos to prevent from being gored was the least of his worries. Climbing for hours and hours each day while mentally and physically exhausted; confronting constant sub-freezing temperatures; dealing with illness, high altitude sickness, piercing headaches, wretched odors, utter filth, bacterial infections, dysentery and more, he endured two weeks of pure, nightmarish misery. In this riveting account of his gut-wrenching trek over fourteen mostly sleepless days and nights, while basically malnourished, Schachne takes you along on each and every step of his journey so you can witness both the “glory” of the Himalayas and the “gory”, chilling details of his daily despair. You’ll experience the ups and downs of the hills and valleys, along with the highs and lows of both his personal triumphs and chaotic travails. You’ll hear about the most spectacular scenery on the planet, along with the most horrific, unsanitary outhouses ever imaginable – as you venture out with him on the long and winding road, to the summit. He flies from Kathmandu in Nepal to the most dangerous airport in the world (Tenzing Hillary Airport), in a town called Lukla, at 9,000 feet above sea level, then hikes to Phadking and then Namche Bazaar, a virtual tourist town and flea market at 11,000 feet, then to the architecturally beautiful Thyangboche (Tengboche) Monastery and then on to Dingboche, Dzugla, Lobuche and Gorak Shep, before finally attempting the summit of Kala Patthar. For better and worse, you’ll feel like you were there – as if you were walking in his shoes. Schachne reveals what originally led him to fall in love with nature, why he was so determined to go to the Himalayas, and why he persevered despite the brutal bodily punishment he experienced. If you don’t ever plan on visiting the Himalayas, The Trek will take you there without leaving the comfort of your home. Even if you are not a climber, or even a day hiker, you will get a fascinating inside-view of a sport and a world you have never seen before and hear a story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. For the very few of you, however, who are even possibly considering going to visit the Himalayas, or thinking about trekking to Everest Base Camp or attempting to summit Kala Patthar, then this book is an absolute must-read. Join Schachne for the most entertaining adventure of your life, as he takes you along on this thrilling, harrowing and laugh and cry-out-loud journey. Are you ready to take a hike?
By Joseph H. Carter Senior
As part of the UPI team in Dallas before, during and after that November 22,1963 event, I feel an expertise on the subject. Many hours, days and months were spent discounting and refuting published lies.
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By Adam Burns and Maureen Burns
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By Bill Decker
Bill Decker is a 30 year veteran of market entry, media and international business. He saw the opportunity to create the voice of the 3D Printing world and has built some of the industry’s hottest media properties. He has lived on 4 continents and has been involved in dozens of start ups. He is a founder of the Association of 3D Printing and hosts one of the leading radio shows in the industry. He is a regular newspaper columnist and the author of 6 books.Josh Jacobson brings over 15 years of marketing and executive management experience to the manufacturing industry. He has pioneered new composite technologies and has revolutionized the field of carbon fiber instrument construction. Mr. Jacobson has founded numerous successful startups and is the CEO of Viktorian Musical Instrument Company, which designs and manufactures high tech composite electric guitars. He is a founding member of the Association of 3D Printing and participates regularly on the leading podcasts in the additive printing industry.
By Latrice Simpkins
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by Shannon Mayer
As the line between monster and human blurs, Mara fights for Sebastian’s life. She is consumed by her fears that no matter what she decides, she will lose the man she loves forever- to death- or to the Nevermore drug that rages through him.
In a desperate move, Mara pins all her hopes on a garbled, intercepted message. At best it is the distant promise of a safe haven and at worst, a deadly journey that will end both of their lives as well as that of their unborn child.
For Mara though, there is only one question that truly matters in the end. Will Sebastian be at her side when she reaches the safe haven, or will he finally lose himself and run with the Nevermore pack?
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by Shannon Mayer
Rumours and whispers of a cure have reached Mara’s ears and hope that has been denied for so long begins to grow once more. But, if she is to find the cure, to help Sebastian, she must face down a whole new set of dangers.
A sadistic army General who’s hatred knows no bounds.
A brilliant scientist whose love for his lost wife drives him to madness.
And a new pack of Nevermores . . .
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by Susan Gabriel
Sara Summers Stanton has raised three children and works as a high school teacher at the same school she attended growing up. Her 25 year marriage is showing cracks in the facade and now she’s dealing with breast cancer. In a rare moment of taking care of herself instead of everyone else, Sara takes a sabbatical and goes on the trip to Italy she has always dreamed of taking. This search for a more authentic life leads to Julia, a friend she hasn’t seen since they were inseparable as girls, nearly 30 years earlier. They reunite in Florence and their friendship continues where they left off, resulting in an unexpected attraction to one another that threatens to turn Sara’s already shaky world upside down. What do you do if you fall in love with your best friend? Sara’s inner conflict and subsequent choices reveal an unpredictable yet dynamic future for all the characters. Seeking Sara Summers is an emotional and lyrical novel, a timeless story about love, commitment and transformation.
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