Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World’s Deadliest Jobs

A Book Review


Just finished reading the Hillstrands book.  Dana read it first and couldn’t wait for me to read it so we could talk about it.   This is the story of the Hillstrand brothers, their childhoods, and their occupations as captains of the F/V Time Bandit.   You will recall my previous post, with photos, when we met Johnathan Hillstrand and his son Scott at the Painesville Party in the Park.  (Check out the July archives if you missed it).

These boys had a rough childhood, but they don’t whine about it.  Instead they say that their father’s severity and the freedom he gave them to experience life on their own terms (including numerous trips to the emergency room!) helped make them the men and businessmen that they are today.  Nothing was handed to them – they have earned and lost and earned it all again on their own.  They are a tight knit bunch, I think that is obvious from the TV show and the book details why.  One very interesting aspect of the book is the look into the brothers “other” lives, Johnathan’s love of salmon fishing and his family,  Andy’s love of  horses and his family.  There are some great photos included, of the boys as kids, Andy’s wife and daughters.

My only question as I read this book – are these guys really this philisophical?   By the end, I conclude yes, years of being on the sea, facing every adversity and triumph, have made them so.

 I highly recommend this book for those who are fans of the show Deadliest Catch or if you are just curious about the life of Bering Sea fishermen.  Definitely a good beach read!

I’d let you borrow mine but I have a signed copy!



About SallyK

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