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May

Dive Book Review: Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Dive Book Review: Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda Posted in: Below $100, Book and Film Reviews

Many or most of the dive masters you meet in Southeast Asia, the Red Sea, Central America and the Caribbean are made up of a rollicking caste of backpackers earning a living and saving for their next big push or folks who have dropped out from more “respectable” careers for a line of work that they truly enjoy (even if it might not be very remunerative). In other words, you’ve met people who are very much like John Kean, author of the dive mastering memoir Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda.

Kean is a seasoned dive master in Sharm El Sheikh, and while there are other books of this type out there (like There’s a Cockroach in My Regulator), this is the only one about the main resort of the “Caribbean of Europe.” Kean is a witty writer, and he has a wealth of stories covering everything from crashing airplanes and angry sharks to terrorist bombings and (equally terrifying) Egyptian driving standards, as well as plenty of snarky gripes about his more unpleasant customers.

The book therefore is a natural chunk of day dreaming material for anyone who day dreams of quitting the day job and heading for Honduras or Koh Tao and becoming a dive master.  Read Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda, and you’ll never look at those American, Canadian, Australian, Kiwi and Euro dive masters on your next international dive trip the same way again.

It’s as authentic as it is hysterical. It’s a chuckling page-turner. Well, the bombing story isn’t hysterical, instead offering very real insight into what it is like to be an expat when international drama crashes onto your doorstep.

Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda is a self-published e-book, and available only on Kindle, but don’t let that throw you. Kean is a good writer, and while his book has suffers from the odd typo, grammatical error and bit of bad phrasing, overall it is very well written. Most self-published books are so riddled with these errors and more as to be unreadable. Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda is not definitely not one of those books, and shows such promise that publishers ought to look at throwing Kean some work.