Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Better Than Ever, Again

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Book Review - Better Than Ever, Again

About the Book
Who hasn't dreamt of sailing in the South Pacific as the owner of a sleek, gleaming yacht? Ben Beck finds that dream job as a crew member sailing on just such a ship. With a history of working 'too good to be true' opportunities, he still can't believe his luck. Sailing excursions in Tahiti for a year then sell the yacht and get a nice chunk of the proceeds. The ad said, "No Sailing Experience Necessary" and he had the qualifications. His fellow group members include Carl, the millionaire boss, Duane, a hard-to-please captain, Purrette, a serious beauty and Rudy, a potential danger. After a confusing start of mis-information, Ben isn't sure of exactly what he's gotten himself into. How many partners does he have? Where exactly are they going? And then there's Tahiti. Can they sail the southern seas without any mishaps? When Ben finds out what's really going on, can he save the dream?

About the Author
Mitch Davies was born in Canada and spent 40 years there before moving to the desert of Arizona. He is a true child of the media having grown up with a father who worked his entire career in the film industry. The house he grew up in had a television on from the time he woke up until he went to bed. The influence of stories, whether real or made up, was always present. Due to this exposure, Mitch viewed most of life's occurrences as scenes for a story.

Mitch Davies has a strong interest in things Japanese and in August of 2010 went to Japan to live and write for three months. His preparation for the trip and his experiences while living in Japan can be followed on his blog at

Previously he authored a novel A Wind in Montana. Better Than Ever, Again is his second novel.
My Take on the Book
I am not a sailor... but I have been on boats in the past and have completely enjoyed the experience! With this in mind, this book does take the sailor and non-sailor alike on an adventure. I will be honest and say that I did have to spend some time with a dictionary so that I knew what was being referred to, but beyond this, it was an enjoyable read and one that I would recommend.

I have to say that the way that the author does share the island of Tahiti does make me want to purchase a ticket to visit quite soon!

This book also does provide the reader with a smattering of a little bit of everything, mystery, romance, advanture and a bit of an escape from daily life.
All-in-all a good book. The only piece that I already mentioned that was a bit of a drawback was the language that was a bit foreign to me.

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