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, 2004, during a brutal storm, leading to one of the most incredible Coast Guard rescue missions of all time.
Two Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters lifted off immediately from Air Station Kodiak during the driving storm, in an effort to rescue the ship's 18 crew members before it broke apart and sank in the freezing waters. Nine of the crew were lifted from the ship and dropped aboard a nearby Coast Guard cutter. 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. When its engines flamed out from ingesting water, the Jayhawk crashed into the sea. 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 immediately began to set in.
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 book of survival and death in the unforgiving Alaskan waters.
©2010 Spike Walker (P)2010 Tantor
There is no changing the story; it's non-fiction! :) But the author's take on the events was too one-sided and macho for me. I can see this as a movie with a bunch of buff actors with square jaws and shaved heads.
His voice is very manly, which is perfect for this book. It was a little too macho for me, but some may like it.
The story is told from different viewpoints of the men who participated in the rescue attempt. I think I would enjoy hearing it again, knowing it was a real-life experience.
I was amazed at how dedicated these men were and in spite of tremendous odds and difficulties were able to rescue so many. It seemed like a miracle that they were able to perform as well as they did.
He read carefully and deliberately so that the many different members could each tell
their own stories. I was able to follow the story despite its many jumps to different
When the Aaron Bean, the rescue swimmer was finally rescued.
I was touched by the commitment of these men to save lives and see how their
success and failure touched their lives after the rescue.
While the story itself is compelling it floundered then drowned in an unthusiastic narration. Dean could not achieve any sense of emotional urgency in the dialogue between characters so necessary in a story such as this. The pitch and tone of his voice was almost flat which made for listful listening at best. I trudged through half of it before deciding to abandon ship.
This is a gripping story of an actual maritime tragedy in the Bering Sea, during the worst possible environmental conditions. I watched the news surrounding this shipwreck happen at the time. It was a situation that had me glued to the reporting. This book fills in the details in a way that draws the reader in and ensures you know the human dimensions of the story. I’ve known two of the main characters in this story; they are accurately portrayed. You will recognize the Coast Guardsmen involved in this event as the real heroes that they are. I strongly recommend this book.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
This would have been a great story if it had been fiction. The fact that it is true and the heroes are real make it even better. Great read.
I was in awe. Great for listening while walking or exercising or doing routine tasks. He puts you right there in the moment. Fun and heroic
Yes. Would still be an adventure. Also, could learn more nautical terms.
The expertise of the characters.
Great adventure. Well told.
It goes in my heartily recommend file. A gripping story well read as usual by Robertson Dean.
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