Other than that, for a book written by a non-sailor for non-sailors, it's quite a decent one if you don't mind the typical journalist cum writer character descriptions and mind reading sessions on a background of carefully described and completely irrelevant pieces of landscape. You really don't get too much of the Mechanic, but hey, he was really just along for the ride. You can stand along the San Francisco shoreline, or walk out to the Golden Gate Bridge, or go to any number of vantage points along the waterfront and see it all up close. I find the engineers and builders to be brilliant, obsessive, and perfectionists.
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