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I remember reading the “Perfect Storm” and being transfixed by the author’s level of detail. The book by Sebastian Junger transformed this once in a lifetime meteorological event into a visual masterpiece. The book’s tone was dark and stormy, and the author continually flashes back to the crew aboard the fishing trawler “Andrea Gail” as it continues to edge closer and closer to the unpredictable super storm. Little did the crew realize what was ahead for them. First a key weather buoy malfunctions, then the vessel’s extended stern begins to show signs of stress underway, meanwhile the captain steers further away from shore looking for more swordfish to fill the half empty hold.