Non-Fiction - Autobiography
200 Pages
Reviewed on 05/18/2015
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Author Biography

Jake Anderson (born September 16, 1980) is a Bering Sea crab fisherman aboard the fishing vessel Northwestern. Since 2007, Jake has been featured in all seasons of the Discovery Channel documentary television series "Deadliest Catch."

Jake was hired as a greenhorn by captain Sig Hansen aboard the Northwestern in 2007. In 2010, Jake was promoted to deck boss of the Northwestern, and in 2012 he obtained his USCG Mate 1600-ton fishing license and Master 100-ton fishing license.

Jake resides in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Jenna. As an avid skateboarder during the off season, Jake is sponsored by the American footwear and clothing company DVS Shoes. He has a signature skateboard shoe released through the company. During a 2012 interview with Dr. Drew Pinsky, Jake admitted that he is a recovering alcoholic and his addiction left him homeless for two years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Relapse by Jake Anderson begins with an admission that, like a good fisherman, he would have become a proud alcoholic. But before he could become addicted to alcohol, skate boarding became his close companion and his “first addiction.” A horrible accident separates him from skateboarding forever and he gets involved with fishing to save his life from despair. He tells about the tragic loss of his father, and how he gets more into fishing. In that process he becomes an ace in handling such vessels and joins part of a popular TV show, falls in love, and of course, with a few more events to follow on more or less expected lines and some otherwise, these anecdotes are told with élan and make for interesting reading.

Relapse by Jake Anderson is an honest narration of a life unlucky to have had personal tragedies, but lucky enough to be always linked with action. Relapse also is a true reflection of that fast pace, clearly visible in this written picture. The compulsions that haunt the author, thoughts about his inadequacy popping up whenever he is in a pensive mood, his penchant to get involved in action whenever the demand so arose, and other facets of his adventurous life make good reading. With just enough description, honest and fast paced, and mostly sticking to the point, this collection of experiences tells us a lot about the man and his environs.