Fisher of Men

Fisher of Men

Fisher of Men 0984236554
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Book Summary:
When people, and even great white sharks, suddenly become prey off Southern California, marine biologists Storm Hancock and Terry Ho battle through ruthless politicians, dangerous waters, and their personal quests for truth to track down a mysterious killer before it strikes again.

1.) How do your incorporate Catholic elements into the story of Fisher of Men?

Being a convert to Catholicism, I’m well aware of the misunderstandings about Catholic Christianity that negatively influence our non-Catholic Christian brothers and sisters.  I wrote Fisher of Men as an ecumenical Christian novel that portrayed the Catholic Faith in a favorable, Christian light without being pushy. For example: the name of Terry’s church in Hawaii and the dialog about St. Francis of Assisi.

2.) The main character, Terry Ho, is your namesake, albeit female. What prompted that decision?

I’ve always just really liked the name -Terry.  I remembered a friend from years ago who had a Hawaiian wife, and they had named their daughter Kanani (pretty one). Then, from my early surfing days pouring over Surfer Magazine I remembered pictures of Derek Ho and Michael Ho surfing the North Shore, and presto!  We have the real-cool name of Terry Kanani Ho!

3.) What inspired you to write this book?

It all began in 1975 while I was a commercial abalone diver. I experimented with writing down some of the day-to-day wild experiences of that job and sending them to my mother and sister.  They loved what I wrote, so I wondered if I could put a story together that my non-believing friends at the local dive shop might read and thereby think about God, even if for only the time they were reading it.

4.) Are experiences in the book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Saving the Marine, surfing, body surfing, free-diving Deadman’s Reef, deep diving in Palau, the Dall’s porpoises, the killer whale, spear-fishing for calico bass in the kelp, the  abalone-diving, the winter-storm angel event – the list goes on and on.  It all happened to me. The how-to-write-a-novel books said to write what you know, so that’s what I did.

5.) Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, that science, reason, and faith in God are not mutually exclusive.

6.) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The criticism came during the fifteen years it took me to write the story.  In the beginning I didn’t know enough to know what I didn’t know.  Over time I learned to accept criticism, although it was never easy to read a chapter to my best critic (my wife) and have her lovingly pick it apart.

It’s a real pleasure to read reviews that say the readers lost sleep, because they couldn’t stop reading, but the best compliment was from a reader who said the book made him think about his faith.

7.) What books/authors have influenced your writing?

I had a good mentor in James L. Nelson and his historical maritime novels. He critiqued some of my work, and I would pour through his Revolution at Sea Trilogy and try to pattern my points of view, rhythm of action, and overall appearance on what I saw in his books.  And I owe great thanks to Francine Rivers who took the time to read Fisher of Men and gave me the encouragement to plow ahead when the writing got tough.

Fisher of Men
5 Stars i want more!
on July 26, 2015
i REALLY liked this book. so eager to buy another from this author but could not find any other fiction from Terry Cross. very disappointed. You have great talent Mr Cross. i hope you will write more. i don't recall ever giving five stars for a fiction but this one deserved every one of them! most fiction books i read i usually forget . Fisher of Men will not be one of them!!!! have already recommended to my family and friends. just don't do what i did and try reading, at bedtime when you have to work the next morning. couldn't stop reading! the characters in the book were diverse, interesting, realistic, some were likable and some NOT. at no point did i have to "push through" the boring parts. there were no boring parts . thanks for writing Fisher of Men ,Mr Cross. i hope you will be writing more in the future.....a fan.
Fisher of Men
5 Stars The plot kept me guessing!
on August 10, 2015
I really enjoyed reading this book. I usually am able to solve a mystery early on in a story, but this book kept me guessing. It was well written and the words flowed across the page. I also enjoyed the biblical references as they played into the story as well. I took my time reading this book as I wanted to savor the story and also wanted to ponder the plot a while before I went on to the next chapter. In fact, this is a genre that I do not usually seek out. It was a fun book!
Fisher of Men
5 Stars Read it - loved it - shared it - they loved it too!
on January 4, 2014
This book is great! Other reviewers have said it perfectly -- you won't want to put it down! Since the author is a new one, I was a little skeptical to begin with -- but I was soon pleasantly surprised. The author obviously knows what he's writing about, and really makes you feel like you're part if the story. I've shared this book with 5 or 6 other people and they all say the same: GREAT BOOK!