Tales of Fishes is a well-written and adventurous description of ocean fishing. The writer’s fish stories describe the mental and physical demands of trying to land the largest and most numerous catches of swordfish, marlin, tuna and several other species of deep water fish. Imagine listening to story after story of fighting a three hundred pound fish for several hours only to have it break the line as it was being brought in. If you are a deep sea fisherman you enjoy page after page of essentially the same thing. It is quite a departure from Zane Grey's typical stories of the Old West. The book also ends with an essay on the importance of being environmentally conscious as one fishes the oceans. Even in 1918 when this was written there were indications that some species were becoming overfished and were in danger of disappearing altogether. A great and gripping book of fishing adventures and fish hunting!