Time Bandit

Time Bandit

Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs

By Johnathan Hillstrand; Andy Hillstrand; Malcolm MacPherson

Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345504128, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2009

Every Alaskan king crab season, brothers Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand risk their lives and seek their fortunes upon the treacherous waters of the Bering Sea. Sons of a hard-bitten, highly successful fisherman, and born with brine in their blood, the Hillstrand boys couldn't imagine a life without a swaying deck underfoot and a harvest of mighty king crabs waiting to be pulled from the ocean floor. In pursuit of their daily catch, the brothers brave ice floes and heaving waves sixty feet high, the perils of thousand-pound steel traps thrown about by the punishing wind, and the constant menace of the open, hungry water--epitomized in the chorus of a haunting sailors' sing-along: "Many brave hearts are asleep in the deep, so beware, beware."
By turns raucous and reflective, exhilarating and anguished, enthralling, suspenseful, and wise, Time Bandit chronicles a larger-than-life love affair as old as civilization itself--a love affair between striving, willful man and inscrutable, enduring nature.

About the Author
Johnathan Hillstrand shares duties with his brother, Andy, on board their family-operated vessel, the Time Bandit.

Andy Hillstrand shares duties with his brother, Johnathan, on board their family-operated vessel, the Time Bandit.

Malcolm MacPherson is a writer and journalist, former "Newsweek" staff correspondent in Nairobi, Paris, and London. He has written books of fiction and nonfiction including "The Cowboy and His Elephant". He has worked as a Senior Editor for "New York Magazine", a Senior Writer for "Premiere", and contributed to publications from "The New York Times" to "Reader's Digest", "Playboy", and "Smithsonian". He now lives in northern Virginia.

Praise For Time Bandit

“Gripping . . . enjoyable reading.”—Roanoke Times

“You know that cool reality-TV show Deadliest Catch? . . . The boat captains featured on the series . . . continue to scare us in this behind-the-scenes book.”—Sacramento Bee

“This boys’ own adventure is delivered with the irresistible bluster of a fisherman raving to a rescuer about how he has just cheated death . . . again!”—Sydney Morning Herald

“Their first-person accounts matter-of-factly explain what it’s like to constantly face death on the Bering Sea and what it does to your life back on land.”—Rochester Democrat and Chronicle