3 out of 4 stars
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Divers by Jon May is the author’s memoir, which discusses his career as a medic in ships with divers. The author explains the significance of divers in the petrochemical industry, as well as the difficulties, challenges, and adventures he went through as a medic. The author’s style is informal, personal, and direct, thereby engaging the reader in the events described in the memoir.
The writer begins by briefly describing the deep-sea diving industry, as well as the challenges faced by divers in deep-sea diving. The author continues by exploring his training as a medic, as he writes about the tests he completed and the preparation he went through before becoming an official medic in deep-sea diving ships. After becoming a certified medic, the author found some work in British industries, however, his career caused him to travel all around the world. He traveled to Bombay, India, but he also made visits to the South China Sea, in places like Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Overall, the author is pleased with his career and he writes about many scary, humorous, and exciting adventures he had as a medic.
There are plenty of positive elements in the book. More specifically, the author used humor in the text, which created a pleasant, funny, and light-hearted atmosphere, thereby grabbing the reader’s attention. Moreover, the author was very original in the description of events in the story, which adds creativity and individuality to the book. Also, the author added suspense, tension, and emotion to the text, thus successfully engaging the reader. What I liked most in the book was the fact that the writer followed a logical, clear, and rational structure, meaning that the memoir was coherent and chronologically ordered, thereby allowing the reader to comprehend the development of the events in the story.
What I disliked most in the book was the fact that the author made numerous grammatical, typographical, and spelling errors, which undermined his credibility. Therefore, the book should go through another round of editing so that any errors are found and removed. I also disliked the use of vulgar words, which distract the reader from the main events described in the memoir.
This book is best suited for older readers who have some knowledge about diving. The book is more appropriate for older readers, as it contains numerous vulgar and profane words. The book is suited for readers of all religions, including non-religion.
All in all, I rate this book with 3 out of 4 stars. I did not give the book a higher rating due to the number of errors. Nonetheless, a lower rating would have been unfair, as the writer has created a structured, original, and creative memoir.
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