Hello again, Tim:
I wasn't aware of the criticisms on Amazon but they surely echo mine. Just 2 days ago, I pulled Brion's book down to look up his discussion of rope/chain splices for brait line. Couldn't find that nor even a referral to brait line at all. That's not a common North American rope
product, I realize, but Geesh - nothing? I also found it wanting when trying to make some specific decisions about adding an inner stay.
This particular site, in seveal recent threads, has shown me how much useful info is being offered by manufacturers and so that's one option you have. I don't know if you save URL content for offline work but I find this very handy for saving on-line reference material that I can later refer to while out cruising, so it might be something to keep in mind as you seek out helpful websites. And that's also how I ended up meeting my need re: splicing brait.
(In case you haven't done it and assuming you run WinExplorer, select 'add' as you normally would to save a URL as a 'Favorite' but also check the 'Make available offline' box. If the site has several layers of content, click on 'Customize' and save the levels of content you want to hold onto. Later, when wanting to refer to the saved site, be sure 'Work Offline' is checked in the pull-down File menu and you can move up and down the site's "ladder" or move between websites you've saved for offline work as tho' you were connected.)
Beyond this, I too am looking for a better 'definitive' riggers book.