Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Yucatan Deep and Other Finished Books

I've a finished a few books recently and I usually like to try and talk about them on here partly to keep track of what I've read in my life and also to let you know what I've been up to. I just finished my third book that I have not reported about on this blog yet. That one was Wild At Heart by John Eldredge. I started this one a while back but never finished it. I think God wanted me to wait until now to read the whole thing. More on that one in two posts. Before Wild At Heart I finished I Am America (and so can you) by Stephen Colbert. After that clip I posted of him I saw this book while in an airport and started reading it. I was cracking up so much I had to find it and read the whole thing. More on that next post.

Today's post is about a book called Yucatan Deep by Tom Morrisey. Maybe the description doesn't do it justice on the back cover because I've had this book on my shelf for a few years and have never read it. The book looked to be about scuba diving and I've just never had an interest in that so there it sat. It turns out Tom Morrisey has quite the ability to draw in the reader. Even on a topic I didn't think I was interested in.

The story is about a guy named Mike Bryant and his attempt to break the deep-diving record by diving in a Cenote in Mexico. Cenote's are those sink-hole like lakes that connect the surface to underground water bodies. They are typically found in the Yucatan Peninsula and tend to be quite deep. The one that Mike wants to dive would set a new record. He and a friend decide to give it a shot but it doesn't go so well and the Cenote named K'uxulch'en (Well of Sorrows) ends up living up to its name. What lies at the bottom of this Cenote though is what is really intriguing because there is a man who will stop at nothing to prevent Mike from taking another try at reaching the bottom.

The book is full of adventure and mystery, a little romance and some technical diving. I must say, I am now interested in trying out Scuba sometime. Not quite of the 300-500 feet in depth kind but it doesn't seem as scary or impossible now. If it's just snorkeling on steroids I think I would really love it!

Anyway, all that said, great characters, suspenseful, and a great story well told all equal to a really good book and one I would recommend.



Mark 3/19/2008 12:50 PM  

Well, you've convinced me. It's now on my wish list at Amazon.

kathryn 3/19/2008 11:25 PM  

i have to read Yucatan Deep!!! Rob and I dove (not scuba-ed, just jumping and swimming) multiple times into an amazing subterranean cenote in Mexico. . very deep and kinda scary and thrilling. . a big highlight in my 'adventure life'. I can't scuba cuz i have asthma. . but i would LOVE to. . don't know if i'd want to scuba in a cenote though, the water is inky black and scarrrry!

kathryn 3/21/2008 10:42 AM  

thank you for loaning me the book, Glenn!!!!

kathryn 3/24/2008 9:53 PM  

ooh, i'm halfway through. . .


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