I recently finished a book called: The Fourth Fisherman: How Three Mexican Fishermen Who Came Back from the Dead Changed My Life and Saved My Marriage by Joe Kissack. The book tells the story of five Mexican fisherman who are lost at sea for almost a year. The book concurrently tells the story of Joe, the author, and his struggle with substance abuse, fame, and fortune. The author attempts to tie in the fisherman, his mental illness, his marriage, and his career into one book.
Before I delve into my critique of the book, I’d like to point out that the author is very sincere in his writing. He truly believes that God told him to tell the story of these fishermen and I don’t want to diminish that belief. I will say, though, that this book was very hard to read because it jumped all over the place. It took me much too long to see how the two stories intertwined. The story line switched from telling the story of a Hollywood guy back to telling the story of poor fishermen without any connection. Without giving too much of the plot away, the ending was not satisfying at all. None of the goals were accomplished and I finished the book feeling worried about the author’s financial future. The best part of the book was reading about how the fisherman survived and about their faith in God. The quality of the writing was not the best, either. I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.