• Into the Raging Sea

  • Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of the El Faro
  • By: Rachel Slade
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,090 ratings)

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Into the Raging Sea

By: Rachel Slade
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
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Publisher's summary

On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in 35 years. 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 24 hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson’s increasingly bizarre commands, which, 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.

©2018 Rachel Slade (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

A Perfect Storm for a new generation, Rachel Slade's Into the Raging Sea is a masterful account of the El Faro's sinking.” (Ben Mezrich, best-selling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook)