Lee childthe true story of two doomed ships and a daring search-and-rescue operation that shines a light on the elite Coast Guard swimmers trained for the most dangerous ocean missions In late September 2015, Hurricane Joaquin swept past the Bahamas and swallowed a pair of cargo vessels in its destructive path: El Faro, a 790-foot American behemoth with a crew of thirty-three, and the Minouche, a 230-foot freighter with a dozen sailors aboard.
An intense, immersive deep dive into a wild, and unknown world, dangerous, written with the pace and appeal of a great thriller. With pulsating narrative skill in the tradition of Sebastian Junger and Jon Krakauer, Korten recounts the heroic efforts by Cournia and his fellow guardsmen to haul the Minouche’s crew to safety.
Into the Storm: Two Ships, a Deadly Hurricane, and an Epic Battle for Survival #ad - As korten narrates the ships’ fates, with insights drawn from insider access to crew members, he delivers a moving and propulsive story of men in peril, and their families, Coast Guard teams, the international brotherhood of mariners, and the breathtaking power of nature. Praise for into the storm“the story tristram korten tells is impressively multifaceted, exploring everything from timely issues such as climate change to timeless themes such as man’s struggle against the ocean’s fury.
Miami new times “into the storm is a triumph of reporting and you-are-there writing that becomes a deeper tale—with more implications about our own lives—with every chapter. Robert kurson, new York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers.
Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El FaroScribner #ad - And through it all, the pain and ultimate resilience of the families of El Faro’s crew. The massive ship had a seasoned crew, state-of-the-art navigation equipment, and advance warning of the storm. It seemed incomprehensible that such a ship could sink so suddenly. The ship, its hundreds of shipping containers, and its entire crew plummeted to the bottom of the ocean, three miles down.
In the bestselling tradition of the perfect storm and the finest hours, #1 new york times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers—the 2015 mysterious disappearance of the SS El Faro, “an exquisitely written and dramatic book…a literary page-turner” Doug Stanton, a gigantic American cargo ship that sank in the Bermuda Triangle, taking with it thirty-three lives.
Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro #ad - On october 1, 2015, the ss el faro, a massive American cargo ship disappeared in Hurricane Joaquin, a category 4 storm. Now with a new afterword, this “tour de force of nautical expertise” Ocean Navigator is a masterwork of stunning power. How, in this day and age, could something like this happen? relying on coast guard inquest hearings, a story that lasts only a few days, George Michelsen Foy brings us “the most insightful exploration of this unthinkable disaster” Outside, as well as on numerous interviews, but which grows almost intolerably suspenseful as deep-rooted flaws leading to the disaster inexorably link together and worsen.
We watch, all that is happening on board—the ship’s mysterious tilt to one side, worried calls to the engine room, minute by minute, the courage of the men and women as they fight to survive, ship-to-shore reports, and the berserk ocean’s savage consumption of the massive hull. It was the greatest seagoing US merchant marine shipping disaster since World War II.
We see captain, engineers, and crew fight for their lives, and hear their actual words as recorded on the ship’s black box while the hurricane relentlessly tightens its noose around the ship.
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II P.S.Harper #ad - Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. Frozen in time is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La. On november 5, 1942, a us cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap.
Mitchell zuckoff takes the reader deep into the most hostile environment on earth, vicious blizzards, through hurricane-force winds, and subzero temperatures. Moving forward to today, he recounts the efforts of the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished.
Frozen in time tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety. Led by indefatigable dreamer lou sapienza – who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Duck’s last flight and recover the remains of its crew.
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II P.S. #ad - A breathtaking blend of mystery and adventure mitchell zuckoff's frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and a tribute to the everyday heroism of the US Coast Guard. Four days later, the b-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed.
On the Edge of Survival: A Shipwreck, a Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a LegendSt. Martin's Press #ad - Nine of the crew were lifted from the ship and dropped aboard a nearby Coast Guard cutter. Interviewing all the surviving participants of the disaster and given access to documents and photos, acclaimed author Spike Walker has once again crafted a white-knuckle read of survival and death in the unforgiving Alaskan waters.
But during attempts to save the last eight crew members, one of the Jayhawks was engulfed by a rogue wave that broke over the bow of the ship. From the acclaimed author whose beloved books inspired the hit television show, 2004 during a brutal storm, The Deadliest Catch, comes a thrilling true adventure tale in the Alaskan seas A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Seattle, Washington to China ran aground off the coast of western Alaska's Aleutian Islands on December 8, leading to one of the most incredible Coast Guard rescue missions of all time.
On the Edge of Survival: A Shipwreck, a Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a Legend #ad - When its engines flamed out from ingesting water, the Jayhawk crashed into the sea. Two coast guard jayhawk helicopters lifted off immediately from Air Station Kodiak during the driving storm in an effort to rescue the ship's eighteen crew members before it broke apart and sank in the freezing waters. The seven crew members from the ship who had been hoisted into the aircraft, along with the chopper's three-man crew, plunged into the bitterly cold ocean where hypothermia began to set in immediately.
The Captains of Thor: What Really Caused the Loss of the SS El Faro in Hurricane JoaquinRace Point Productions, Inc. #ad - Was it the captain's fault, as many said? or did the company, the coast guard and the american bureau of shipping all have a hand on the helm of the SS El Faro as she steered too close to Hurricane Joaquin? This is an examination of a tragedy that has been well-researched and investigated — heroically so at times — by the United States Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board.
This does not mean I take a pure poetic license. Story telling rather than a lecture better illustrates the emotions at play here, as well as the moods, culture and vibe of the ship and the industry. The dialogue quoted here is real, not made up. Humans learn through stories. I commend them to you. My effort touches on the broad sweep and events of the tragedy and investigation, but if you want the detailed story of the final voyage of the ship, you’re better off with the other books.
The Captains of Thor: What Really Caused the Loss of the SS El Faro in Hurricane Joaquin #ad - . The material is factual. My main goal here is to show how the ss el faro fit into a larger system and culture — one that I have been covering off and on as a journalist and author for 38 years. It’s this system, i feel, that will result in another SS El Faro someday unless it is reformed. Another note on style.
My preference in non-fiction is “narrative.
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate CoastHarper Wave #ad - Caught between muslim pirates, and the rise of isis, the looming threat of al-shabaab, Moore observes the worlds that surrounded him—the economics and history of piracy; the effects of post-colonialism; the politics of hostage negotiation and ransom; while also conjuring the various faces of Islam—and places his ordeal in the context of the larger political and historical issues.
A sort of catch-22 meets black hawk down, candor, The Desert and the Sea is written with dark humor, and a journalist’s clinical distance and eye for detail. In a terrible twist of fate, Moore himself was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by Somali pirates. In september 2014, colleagues, friends, after 977 days, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US and German institutions, and his strong-willed mother.
Yet moore’s own struggle is only part of the story: The Desert and the Sea falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history. Moore offers an intimate and otherwise inaccessible view of life as we cannot fathom it, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a hostage with the social, economic, religious, and political factors creating it.
The desert and the sea is wildly compelling and a book that will take its place next to titles like Den of Lions and Even Silence Has an End. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits—physical injury, starvation, isolation, terror—Moore’s survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind.
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast #ad - Michael scott moore, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates—a riveting, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, religious extremism, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, thoughtful, and the costs of survival.
Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at SeaScribner #ad - Meticulously researched and vividly told, Fatal Forecast is first and foremost a tale of miraculous survival. As gripping and harrowing as the perfect storm - but with a miracle ending - Fatal Forecast is an unforgettable true story about the collision of two spectacular forces: the brutality of nature and the human will to survive.
On the morning of november 21, 1980, two small massachusetts lobster boats set out for Georges Bank, a bountiful but perilous fishing ground 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Battered by sixty-foot waves and hurricane-force winds, the crews of the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever captained by Peter Brown, whose father owned the Andrea Gail of Perfect Storm fame struggled heroically to keep their vessels afloat.
They had no reason to expect that this trip would be any different. Most amazing is the story of ernie Hazzard, who managed to crawl inside a tiny inflatable life raft and then spent more than fifty terrifying hours adrift on the stormy open sea. But the storm soon severely crippled one boat and overturned the other, trapping its crew inside.
Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea #ad - The national weather service had forecast typical fall weather, and the young, rugged crewmen aboard the Sea Fever and the Fair Wind had made dozens of similar trips that season. A true story of catastrophe and survival at sea, Fatal Forecast is a spellbinding moment-by-moment account of seventy-two hours in the lives of eight young fishermen, some of whom would never set foot on dry land again.
By turns tragic, thrilling, and inspiring, Ernie's story deserves a place among the greatest survival tales ever told.
Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El FaroEcco #ad - Winner of the maine literary award for non fictionnational bestsellera new york times notable bookan npr best book of the yearone of janet maslin’s must-read books of the summera new york times editor's choiceone of outside magazine’s best books of the summerone of amazon's best nonfiction books of the year so far“a powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea.
Douglas preston, new york times Book Review“A Perfect Storm for a new generation. Ben mezrich, 2015, hurricane joaquin barreled into the bermuda triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of FacebookOn October 1, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years.
Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro #ad - No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now. Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro.
As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, which, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson’s increasingly bizarre commands, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at america's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.
A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.
Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard HistoryHarperCollins e-books #ad - The full story of an amazing rescue—where extraordinary courage, will, ingenuity, and technology combined in one of the most remarkable maritime feats ever recorded—has never been told before now. Coast Guard history. It’s the perfect Storm meets Deadliest Catch. Deadliest sea by kalee Thompson is the spellbinding true story of the greatest rescue in U.
S. Recounting the tragic sinking of the fishing trawler, in the Bering Sea and its remarkable aftermath in March 2008, Alaska Ranger, Deadliest Sea is real life action and adventure at its finest.
Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on EarthRandom House #ad - American bill stone took on the vast, deadly Cheve Cave in southern Mexico. Tabor takes us on an odyssey into unfathomable worlds beneath us, and into the hearts of rare explorers who will do anything to get there first. Robert kurson, author of shadowDiversIn 2004, two great scientist-explorers attempted to find the bottom of the world.
Both men spent months almost two vertical miles deep, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, contending with thousand-foot drops, raging whitewater rivers, and the psychological horrors produced by weeks in absolute darkness, beyond all hope of rescue. Heart-stopping and relentlessly gripping. Using a pulse-pounding narrative, this is tense real-life adventure pitting two master cavers mirroring the cold war with very uncommonly high stakes.
Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth #ad - Publishers weekly starred review“A fascinating and informative introduction to the sport of cave diving, as well as a dramatic portrayal of a significant man-vs. Nature conflict. What counts is tabor’s knack for maximizing dramatic potential, while also managing to be informative and attentive to the major personalities associated with the most important cave explorations of the last two decades.
Kirkus Reviews. Ukrainian alexander klimchouk targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the war-torn former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High SeasSt. Martin's Press #ad - Michner as "masterful. As the crew of the la conte begin to die one by one, those sworn to watch over them risk everything to pull off the rescue of the century. Spike walker's memoir of his years as a deckhand in Alaska, Working on the Edge, was hailed by James A. A fisherman's worst nightmare has become a Coast Guard crew's desperate mission.
. Meticulously researched through hundreds of hours of taped interviews with the survivors, this is the true account of the La Conte's final voyage and the relationship between Alaskan fishermen and the search and rescue crews who risk their lives to save them. Will become the definitive account of this perilous trade, an addition to the literature of the sea.
Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas #ad - In coming back alive, Walker has crafted his most devastating book to date. When the fishing vessel la conte sinks suddenly at night in one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds and record ninety-foot seas during a savage storm in January 1998, her five crewmen are left to drift without a life raft in the freezing Alaskan waters and survive as best they can.
One hundred fifty miles away, in sitka, alaska, an H-60 Jayhawk helicopter lifts off from America's most remote Coast Guard base in the hopes of tracking down an anonymous Mayday signal.