The author has been awarded two Boating Writers International Grand Prize awards. One was in 2004 for his magazine article, the Day All Hell Broke Loose, and the other was in 2008, for the magazine article, The Old Man and the Inland Sea.
Marlin Bree accepts the 2008 West Marine Writer's Award from Boating Writer's International President Kim Kavin (left) and Laurie Fried, Director of Community Relations for West Marine. Bree holds the crystal trophy and a presentation check for $5,000. More details inside.
Key to city! Norfolk, Nebraska, presented author Marlin Bree the key to the city when he spoke at a Norfolk Senior High School Class Reunion.
First Place The remarkable story of the Last Battle of the Grampa Woo (Ensign magazine) won First Place in the 2009 Boating Writers International Writing Contest. To read this chilling adventure yarn, click on Magazines.
New Award: Marlin Bree won a second place BWI writing award for his Ensign article on Courage of the Sole Survivor.
New Award: Marlin Bree won a BWI 2008 second-place writing award for his Ensign article on rebuilding Persistence's transom.
The Old Man & The Inland Sea by Marlin Bree won a First Place award in the 2007 BWI Annual Writing Contest and was awarded BWI's highest honor: the 2008 West Marine Writer/s Award. Check out the PDF article, other stuff by clicking on magazines.
Technical Writing: Marlin Bree was awarded a Third Place award in the Technical Writing Category in the 2006 Annual Writing Contest by Boating Writers International for his Small boats, big challenges: Lessons and statistic crunches from successful mini-cruisers. It was published by Small Craft Advisor magazine.
AWARD Marlin Bree's The Passion of Mike Plant was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the 2005 Boating Writers International excellence in boating journalism contest. The award-winning magazine series was based on a chapter in the author's book, Broken Seas.
Award! The author won a third place award in the 2003 Annual Writing Contest of Boating Writers International for "excellence in boating journalism" for his first-person story of how he met his "Storm of the Century." The same story went on to win the top award Boating Writer's International gives to a boating writer -- The West Marine Writer's Award.
This web site is the recipient of a 2002-2003 and the 2003 -2004 Golden Web Award.
Wake of the Green Storm is the author's first-person account of surviving Superior's Perfect Storm.
A voyageur's tale of sailing solo, occasionally in dark seas, on Lake Superior. A lovingly written story.
How does a 20-foot centerboard sloop take on Superior, the largest Great Lake, the deepest, coldest and deadliest? Like a fly in a roomful of swatters...Marlin Bree is often whumped back inside the infrequent breakwaters by almost daily thunderstorms. Fascinating.
Bree and his Persistence dared greatly, struggled greatly and had a worthy run, told with touching candor. Bree is at his best when the lake was at its worst.
-- Wilmington Evening Journal
Captures the feel and wild spirit of one of the most beautiful but treacherous bodies of water in the world.
Reviewed by Ken Wisneski
His evocative narrative is both an adventure --
he encountered several fierce storms -- and an anecdotal history of the lake, with tidbits on Indians, voyageurs, miners, sea captains and colorful local inhabitants, as well as tales of wind, weather, icy (and sometimes frozen) water, and shipwrekcs. An enjoyable ramble for yachting enthusiasts.
This great sea story is more than just a fine adventure. Bree packs the book with the legends that have created such a special aura around the lake, from famous shipwrecks, lost gold mines and great storms to the almost unbelievablew story of the world's richest silver mine. Not to be missed.
Flint (MI) Journal
The turbulent, wind-whipped, wave-washed story of a solo ship voyage on Lake Superior. Along the way we hear many fine and gruesome shipwreck tales and fascinating lore of the deep water. Rugged, tough..a crackling good book.
An electrifying story...certainly the most gripping, passionate account of a voyage since Men Against the Sea. The text crackles with tension.
--Brian Richard Boylan
Author of Final Trace
Marlin Bree's writings are a delightful combination of adventure, history, and lake lore. He plies the big water in a twenty foot wooden sailboat he built in his back yard."
--Minnesota Historical Society
Reviewed by Pat Coleman
More pictures of Persistence;
News of author appearances
Click on My Boat above to see more pictures of Persistence, some of which were shot during the author's trek in which he encountered the Green Storm.
All photographs, illustrations, charts and excerpts from books used on these web pages are from books and publications copyrighted by Marlin Bree. All rights are reserved, including all under International and Pan American copyright conventions. No part of this web site, illustrations, text, or photographs, may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including e-mail, photocopy, recording, printing, or any storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without written permission from the author, Marlin Bree, except by a reviewer who wishes to quite brief passages in a review written for a magazine, newspaper or for broadcast.
Here's a special "book" for boaters -- the all new Boat Log & Record. It's designed to let boaters keep track of their boats, their voyages, and themselves. Sort of.
A New E-Book reader? Hey, try out your new e-book reader on a couple of special Marlin Bree bookss. Some book-buying deals we've observed (please tell us of others): Nook books, Kindle as well as I-Pad downloads for Amazing Gulls (only $7.19.) Have a chuckle with The Dangerous Book for Boaters on a Kindle download for only $3.96. You can get a e-book download of Wake of the Green Storm for only $7.96.
If you don't have a Kindle, you can still enable your PC or Mac to receive Kindle downloads -- for free (the software, that is). Go to Amazon.com, click on a Kindle offering (such as the Dangerous Book for Boaters) and in the right hand column, click on the head that says Kindle downloads for PC. That'll get you the instant whisperjet delivery and a bunch of neat Kindle stuff, like the ability to read sample portions of Marlin's works for free. Note that the Dangerous book on Kindle sells for $3.96 and the acclaimed Wake of the Green Storm goes for only $7.96. Downloads are by wireless Whisperjet and take less than a minute. Hey, what a deal.
Marlin Bree's famous Wake of the Green Storm was reported the number 7 best seller in Canada in its new Kindle e-book edition.
My Boat, The Cover Girl: That's Persistence on the cover of The Ensign magazine -- and isn't she a beauty? The accompanying story, Classic Craft gets a face-lift, explained how I worked on her transom. To get a link on this interesting Ensign story, click on magazines (above).
Marlin Bree was featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's article, My Fabulous boat, in June 2008.
WHAT YOU CAN FIND IN THIS ISSUE
MEET THE THE BOAT IN PERSON (Well, sort of) For close-up color photography of the author's hand-built sloop, Persistence, click on Das Boot (above). The devil, as they say, is in the details. You'll see some devilishly interesting wooden boatbuilding here.
READ SEAFARING STORIES! You can browse excerpts from the author's seafaring stories in his books, including the new Broken Seas: True Tales of Extraordinary Seafaring Adventures. Just click the title on the right.
FREE ADDED ATTRACTIONS: Browse through various magazine articles, more boat pictures and diagrams, news items, boating tips, and some choice book excerpts, which get added to from time to time. The author in particular likes these.
FIND OUT ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Click on the BIO (above) and you will get more information about Marlin Bree than you probably will want. The Bio started out short, but grew over the years, and the author apologizes about that.
CLICKS AND PICKS
We like traditional book inspecting best. That's when you can heft a book in your own hands and look at its front cover, turn it over, examine what's said on the back cover, and then flip open the book to browse the inside pages. If you're like me, you can quickly determine if you like the book or not just by reading the first few paragraphs. Use the apple theory: You don't need to eat the whole apple if the first bite is rotten.
If the writing seems to be right on target, and you like what the author is doing and the company you are keeping, you can do a flip through the pages to see what you can get inside. In all boating books, you should look for photographs, illustrations, charts and drawings which illuminate and illustrate the contents. I hate books without photos, illustrations and charts. It's an incomplete book. It also means the publisher chintzed on costs. (Hint: All Marlin Bree books have lots of illustrative artwork to help you visualize and follow the action and picture in your mind's eye the locations).
Character and poise count, too. A few browses on inside chapters can tell you if you'll be rewarded for spending time with an author. Is he or she good company, even when the chips are down?
Is the writer in command of his or her writing -- as well as the situation? Do you like how the writing is crafted? Is it sharp, to the point, without excessive words? And when the situation grows tense, do the words get short?
Does the author let you not only experience something but learn from it? Has the author a sense of humor? Does he or she have a certain poise and exhibit seamanlike character that you like and admire? You have time to spend here and you'd better take some precautions that you're in good company.
When you're done reading a section, does the writing have resonance? Does it stick in your mind for a while?
If you can't heft a book around, get its feel and spend a little time examining it, then you still have a number of options left in the remarkable and fast-growing world of the Internet booksellers.
Many sites have a downloadable "sample" so that you can take a look at what's inside the book. You can get a lot of good reading in here, for free, so that you can find a book you want to buy in paper or download as an e-book. These are the look inside the book - type features. Both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and some others have these wonderful sample reading features.
You usually can click on the book cover and then take your time browsing 20 or more pages from each book. That way, you can get a good idea of what the book is all about. You can also get in a lot of good browsing time to see if this book is one you want to add to your boating library.
Some featured Look Inside the Books:
*Wake of the Green Storm: A Survivor's Tale
*The Dangerous Book for BoatersA humorous waterfront guide to the ways & wiles of boaters.
*Kid's Magic Secrets: Simple magic tricks & why they work. (Loris Bree with illustrations by Marlin Bree)
*Kid's Travel Fun Book:Draw. Make Stuff. Play games. Have fun for Hours! (Loris and Marlin Bree)
Heavy Weather Boating Emergencies: What to do when everything goes wrong (The survival guide for freshwater powerboat operators.) by Chuck Luttrell with Jean Luttrell (a Marlin Bree book from Marlor Press.)
You can shop around for the book that best suits you and suits how you want to buy it. Note that some places have a substantial discount off the list price (but remember that unless you order a minimum purchase, you still have to pay postage and handling.). Other sites offer e-books at a considerable savings, if you have an e-book reader. Some bookbuying deals we've observed (please tell us of others): Kindle store e-books: The Dangerous Book for Boaters (retail $9.95 but you can get a Kindle download for only $3.96.) Wake of the Green Storm (retails for $13.95, but you can get a download for only $7.96.)
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Bree's DANGEROUS Book: Says Small Craft Advisor: Author Marlin Bree has a new book out and it's a little different this time -- The Dangerous Book for Boaters, a humorous waterfront guide to the ways and wiles of boaters. This 96-page pocket-sized hodge podge of nautical comedy includes sage tropes like: When in danger/or in doubt/ Run around/ yell and shout and The navigator who says it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the navigator who is actually doint it. You can check out sample cartoons and more nautical wit, if you have a mind to, in the books section here. Just click on The Dangerous Book for Boaters.
"Super read: In its November issue, The Ensign magazine says of Broken Seas: "Author Marlin Bree makes true sailing adventures live again...With each story, we feel the excitement of the cruise and the terror of the final moment when all might be lost. Broken Seas is a super read for those of us who dream of adventure on the sometimes cruel sea." The Ensign review was written by Stf/C Don Dunlap Jr., SN
"Mucho Adventure," writes Small Craft Advisor editor Joshua Colvin about the author's new book, Broken Seas. "..some of the true tales in his latest volume had me sitting up wide-eyed, well past my dreamland deadline. In 216 pages, Bree manages to take the reader aboard all kinds of vessels, often in the worst conditions imaginable. Whether he's writing about Gerry Spiess' 10-footer Yankee Girl knocked flat in in the middle of the Pacific, or the storm driven destruction of the 729-foot Edmund Fitzgerald, Bree rarely lets his reader up for breath. If you enjoy this sort of thing--and who doesn't--you'll want to add Bree's new book to your library. Just don't plan to catch up on any sleep."
"A keeper" says Cruising World (Aug. 2005) about Broken Seas: "Sea-story fans will find in these pages six varied accounts ranging from a passage across the Pacific in a 10-foot sloop to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald during a Lake Superior storm. Readers who enjoy adventure narratives won't be disappointed."
Resting his arm on the furled mainsail, Marlin Bree relaxes in Peristence's hatch. Control lines below his right arm are led aft to the cockpit for solo sailing: (bottom up) jib furler, boom downhaul, and (around winch) main halyard. White cover is for main compass, one of four on boat.
How to find your way
around these pages
This web site will let you look over some of the books you've been hearing about by author Marlin Bree. To get a quick overview, click on Books (above) or on the book titles listed in blue on the right. Each title has sample excepts for you to enjoy -- the author has not been stingy.
There are six categories in the blue banner above. Click on them to see more about the author, his books, his boat and voyages, magazine articles or boating tips. For example, to see more pictures of Persistence, click on Das Boot.
To get in touch with the author, click on the e-mail quick link on the right. A box inside tells you how to get the author's books from a variety of sources.