387.5092: Powers, Dennis M. Tales of the Seven Seas: The Escapades of Captain Dynamite Johnny O’Brien. Lanham, MD:Taylor Trade, 2010. 263 pp. ISBN 978-1-58979-447-4.
- 300: Social Sciences
- 380: Commerce, communications, and transport
- 387: Water, air, and space transportation
- 387.5: Water transportation
- +092: Biography
Recently, there have a few books with which I felt as though I was just going through the motions. I’d slog to get through paragraph after paragraph just to say I’d read it, and hope that the next one is worth it. The first ones that come to mind is the book about Herod the Great last week and the Chinese language and culture book last month.
But, then, like a delightful oasis in a dry landscape of prose, I get to one worth reading. Dennis Powers’s Tales of the Seven Seas is an energetic book about Captain Dynamite Johnny O’Brien. He was one of the last few great sailors to span the age of masted frigates and skilled sailing and the age of steamships. It was a very fun tale to read.