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Overboard!: A True Bluewater Odyssey of Disaster and Survival | [Michael J. Tougias]

Overboard!: A True Bluewater Odyssey of Disaster and Survival

In early May of 2005, Captain Tom Tighe and first mate, Loch Reidy, of the sailboat Almeisan welcomed three new crew members, two men and a woman, for a five-day voyage from Connecticut to Bermuda. While Tighe and Reidy had made the journey countless times, the rest of the crew were paying passengers learning about offshore sailing—and looking for adventure. Four days into their voyage, they got adventure but nothing that they had expected or had any training to handle.
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Publisher's Summary

In early May of 2005, Captain Tom Tighe and first mate, Loch Reidy, of the sailboat Almeisan welcomed three new crew members, two men and a woman, for a five-day voyage from Connecticut to Bermuda. While Tighe and Reidy had made the journey countless times, the rest of the crew were paying passengers learning about offshore sailing—and looking for adventure. Four days into their voyage, they got adventure but nothing that they had expected or had any training to handle.

A massive storm struck, sweeping Tighe and Reidy from the boat. The remaining crew members somehow managed to stay aboard the vessel as it was torn apart by wind and water. Overboard! follows the simultaneous desperate struggles of boat passengers and the captain and first mate fighting for their lives in the sea.

©2010 Michael J. Tougias (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“I was frightened or astonished by every page of this beautifully told story of raging elements and human survival. And then the tale is ultimately and heartrendingly inspirational. You will not be able to put this book down.” (Dodge Moran, first American to sail solo, nonstop, around the globe)

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    Uber Femme San Antonio, TX 08-12-10
    Uber Femme San Antonio, TX 08-12-10 Member Since 2010

    I like action, gore, zombies, and non-fiction.

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    "Delivers."

    The author taught me about sailing and drew me into the action. The narration was good, too. I never got bored, and I never regretted the purchase. That's good enough for me. Worth the time & money.

    Sidenote: as others have said, you should also check out The Perfect Storm. It's got more information about storms, and boats, and the lives of sailors, as well as the personal connection to the characters. (TPS is a better book, without question.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Rossvanes 10-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Nothing like this has ever happened to me..."

    THANK GOD! Remember the anticipation, the dread of "Jaws"? Well, to me, this was even more intense, AND non-stop!

    I found myself pacing when I was in my office, and when I tried listening in bed, I couldn't relax enough to sleep (don't try it).

    Suspenseful? Oh...I'd say so. It felt like a 6-hour roller coaster ride!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 08-06-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "What a harrowing experience at sea!"

    Wow, “Overboard!” written by Michael J. Tougias, was quite a miraculous true life survival story.

    I really enjoyed all of the descriptions of what happened at sea and the suspense about who would survive the sailing trip. I was also impressed by the Coast Guard rescue teams.

    The narrator, Malcolm Hillgartner, did a great job.

    The story is quite an adventure. You will not be sorry you listened to it.

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    Thomas Baden, PA, United States 11-19-12
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    "Interesting survival story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Overboard! to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know whether or not the audiobook is better than the print version since I didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was well told, the writer kept it interesting throughout the telling and didn't over-dramatize the events covered.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    The captain and the first mate were the most interesting because their experiences were so much more extreme than the experience of the other people involved.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The time before the first mate was rescued was pretty amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    This was good story of adventure and survival, if you're in to this genre, you should enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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