"'Hooks' has the feel of an honest memoir, valuable for its precision in describing fishing methods, crew interactions, and what Adams thought and felt . . ."
"Four Thousand Hooks is a marvellous loss-of-innocence book, informative, enjoyable and well worth reading."
-Irene Wanner, Seattle Times, November 2012
"His first-hand accounts come alive on the pages, where the reader is swept into the story with the narrator. . . . The foreshadowing and timing of the story makes it difficult to stop . . ."
-Christy Olsen Field, Norwegian American Weekly, October 2012
"Four Thousand Hooks says a lot about our ability to meet extraordinary challenges, and suggests that maybe we're all stronger and more capable than we realize. [It's] filled with fascinating details of the fishing life, makes for awfully good reading."
-National Fisherman, October 15, 2013
""The well-honed prose tells a good story and one is encouraged to turn the pages to see what happens next. This is not only a very readable book but an important record of a particular type of fishing."
-Arthur G. Credland, Mariners Mirror
"Four Thousand Hooks is one teenage boy's dramatic, yet humorous, coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Alaskan maritime culture . . . a vivid picture of life and commercial fishing conditions in Alaska. . ."
-Jennifer Huffman, Independent Publisher, February 2013
"This is pure adventure. Dean's story is...sinewy and spare, understated and often gorgeously written."
-Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe, October 2012
"Four Thousand Hooks [is] one of the best books about commercial fishing in Alaska. The author began long-lining for halibut at age fifteen and went on to captain his own vessel: it is a great book for anyone interested in life on a commercial fishing vessel."
-Charlotte Glover, Southeast Sea Kayaks Blog