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Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do | [Michael J. Tougias]

Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do

During the height of the blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat, but was soon in as much trouble as the tanker. Then pilot boat captain Frank Quirk, hearing of the Coast Guard's troubles on his radio, decided to act.
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Publisher's Summary

During the height of the blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat, but was soon in as much trouble as the tanker. Then pilot boat captain Frank Quirk, hearing of the Coast Guard's troubles on his radio, decided to act. He gathered his crew of four, readied his 49-foot steel boat, the Can Do, and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard that was to become known as the "Storm of the Century".

Encountering one of the most monstrous seas ever recorded, Quirk struggled through the night to keep his boat from being driven to the depths of the sea, maintaining contact with a local ham-radio operator through his hand-held battery-powered radio. We know that the Can Do stayed afloat past three a.m. Then there was silence.

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©2005 Michael J. Tougias; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

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"Tougias balances human and technical detail to create the best book of its kind since Sebastian Jungier's The Perfect Storm." (Booklist)
"Tougias delivers a well researched, vividly written tale of brave men overwhelmed by the awesome forces of nature. An absorbing account." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cor Irvine, CA, United States 09-08-08
    Cor Irvine, CA, United States 09-08-08 Member Since 2004
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    "It's a documentary"

    This book obviously will be compared to "The Perfect Storm". Whereas that book tell a more dramatized story, this book is more like a documentary. It efficiently steps through the events of that day, offers background info on all the main characters and tells the story of the storm. It even includes the actual audio tapes of the radio transmissions - a nice touch for an audio book.

    The book provides detailed information on how the events take place and you get a good idea of what actually happened.

    As for the uncritical admiration for the main characters - I just could not buy it. Throughout their lives they have dedicated themselves to helping others, which is indeed admirable. But it seemed to me they were foolish to do what they did on the day of the storm.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Greenville, SC, United States 11-03-10
    Linda Greenville, SC, United States 11-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A great story gone bad"

    Unfortunately I (unwisely) bought several books by this author at one time. Considering the subject and available information I thought this would be right up my alley. Sadly, I was wrong. The reader was okay but had no northeastern accent and the story lost a bit from that. I found the writing tedious and boring. I wish I had selected more carefully.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anastasios A. Papadopoulos 09-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "80% has nothing to do with story-line"

    I listened through this, but I'll not get anything else by this author. Although about 20% has bearing on the story, the rest is peripherally related to the sea, and is dry hearsay with some history thrown in.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Francis West Hartford, CT, USA 06-22-09
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    "I lived it."

    As a resident of Scituate during the blizzard of '78, I loved Tougias' book. I knew both victims from Scituate, Mr. Hart, and little Amy. I met Amy's mother when she first moved to town. The book was accurate, and described the ocean during that storm about as well as could be. One would have to witness such sights and sounds for oneself to ever really know what it was like. Sadly, I am sorry I bought the audiobook. Narrators and actors who have to force a Bostonian accent would better serve their audience by forgoing the attempt. I tried to listen despite the annoyance of the narrators horrible and exagerated accent, but I had to shut the ipod off after hearing his mangling of the pronounciation of Scituate. As a south shore Bostonian, the massachusetts accent was like nails on a chalkboard. His pronounciation of Scituate was a downright insult. To the narrator I can only say, "for shame sir, for shame. The tale itself would have held the reader spellbound. Your use of this tale as a practice session for broadening your acting skills was a dismal failure."
    If you're from the midwest, you might be able to listen to this for the story and not be annoyed. If you can read the book for yourself, I enthusiastically recommend it. Personally I believe that Mr. Barrett has ruined Mr. Tougias' meticulous research and fine story telling skills.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roberto New York, NY, USA 05-21-06
    Roberto New York, NY, USA 05-21-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Not to happy"

    Boring, lousy pacing, poor story telling!

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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