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Book Review in Brief: Boat Tales: True Stories of Fishing, Hunting, and Outdoor Adventures by Gordon England

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For professionals in the water quality field, Gordon England has long been known as one of the most highly respected stormwater engineers and water quality experts around. But he has an adventurous side that most don’t know about. Throughout his life, Gordon has chased outdoor adventure across the globe. And now he has collected his best experiences in a rollicking, and often humorous, collection of stories, Boat Tales: True Stories of Fishing, Hunting, and Outdoor Adventures, released this month.

Boat Tales is Gordon England’s first non-technical book. He’s written a number of research papers, technical manuals, and a book on stormwater management, so a transition to narrative might have been difficult for most writers.  But England makes it look easy.  The prose is tight and professional, bringing the scenes off the page with minimal fluff (the technical background), but with enough panache to keep the stories lively and page-turning.

The stories take the reader from tangling with dolphin (mahi-mahi, not the mammals) and marlin to battling raging storms in the Gulf of Mexico, from duck hunting in the frozen plains of Texas to Abaco’s fabled Hole in the Wall. The mix of hunting and saltwater fishing is a unique blend, not found in most books of this nature. And his boating experiences could constitute a stand-alone novel of heavy seas, treacherous passages, and close calls.

For anglers, hunters, boaters, and outdoor aficionados, Boat Tales is an easy recommendation.

Boat Tales is available at www.createspace.com/3435897

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