Synopses & Reviews
Russell Drumm, a local Long Island newspaper reporter, takes a five-day fishing trip aboard the charter boat with Captain Frank Mundus, the godfather of . The trip's single charter is a Hawaiian developer and big-game hunter who has traveled all the way to Montauk, New York, so that the cantankerous Captain Mundus can guide him to the only trophy he lacks--a great white shark of the monster-size that Mundus has made his reputation catching. What begins as a short escape for Russell Drumm quickly turns into a storm-tossed odyssey in which Mundus, on the eve of his retirement, relives his forty years at sea. He recollects his ingenious methods, his weird collection of charter "Idiots," and his lasting bitterness toward Peter Benchley for never acknowledging him as the source of the story. From a few haunting obits and Captain Mundus's unending slick of stories, our reporter weaves a bleak, yet humorously portrayed vision of the apocalypse.
Winner of Pushcart's Sixteenth Annual Editor's Book Award, this first book reveals the captain behind the epic--a man even more fascinating than the movie and novel based on his life.
About the Author
Russell Drumm is a senior writer for the East Hampton Star and winner of National Press Association Awards for his stories about the environment. His articles have appeared in Smithsonian and National Fisherman. B. Martin Pederson, a resident of Montauk and founder of Nautical Quarterly, designed the book, which is filled with original photographs--many never before published.