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July 30, 1945 - The USS Indianapolis and its 1,196-man crew is making its way toward a small island in the South Pacific. The ship is sailing unescorted, assured by headquarters the waters are safe. It is midnight, and Marine Edgar Harrell and several others have sacked out on deck rather than spend the night in their hot and muggy quarters below. Fresh off a top-secret mission to deliver uranium for the atomic bombs that would ultimately end World War II, they are unaware their ship is being watched. Minutes later, six torpedoes are slicing toward the Indy.

For five horrifying days and nights after their ship went down, Harrell and his shipmates had to fend for themselves in the open seas. Plagued by dehydration, exposure, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks, their numbers were cruelly depleted before they were miraculously rescued. This is one man's story of courage, ingenuity, and faith in God's providence in the midst of the worst naval disaster in US history.

©2014 Edgar Harrell and David Harrell (P)2016 Tantor

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A Marine’s Testament to the Glory of God

Aside from being quite an hIstorical account of the USS Indianapolis, its journey and demise during WW II, the story is told by a faithful and unashamed Christian who is also a United States Marine. A study of God’s work in tragedy and triumph. Thank you to the authors for a well-written testimony, superbly read by the narrator.

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fantastic book ! Must read and refer !!!

Highly inspiring must read and recommend to family and friends. This story must be kept living for history sake...

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One man's journey

One man's journey through one of the most incredible events in military history. A hero tells it all and how his faith made him survive.

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Interesting History

Love the personal perspective on the sinking of the Indianapolis. I also very much enjoy his candid conversation about his faith as a Christian throughout the book as he faced the tragedy being lost at sea and losing so many comrades.

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good book

a little too religious for my tastes but good story. if you're into history it's a gripping story

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UNIMAGINABLE

What a book! What a story!!! Don’t miss this book. Unimaginable suffering and forgiveness, and grace.

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Riveting

A riveting account of history I knew nothing about. A testimony to the courage and commitment of the American warrior.

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Not a bad account

Would you listen to Out of the Depths again? Why?

Probably not. The story is a little choppy. Too many religious tangents. Yes, I am a very religious person, but this book is pretty stilted in trying to mix the story with religion. Unbroken achieves this well, this book did not.

What did you like best about this story?

Human courage on display.

What does Eric Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

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You won't want to hit pause!

What did you love best about Out of the Depths?

The story of courage and faith is truly inspirational. This first-hand account of the chilling story of the USS Indianapolis is a thriller that also points towards faith in God.

What did you like best about this story?

There were several moments I found myself holding my breath along with the author as he accounted the rising waves and the circling sharks. A great first-hand account.

What about Eric Martin’s performance did you like?

He read it convincingly

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Surviving the countless perils of the open water

Any additional comments?

I would have loved to have had different vocal inflections when Eric Martin got to the quotes in the book from other survivors.

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Potentially good story thwarted by proselytization

I consider myself a Christian but found the storyline corrupted by the authors over-the-top attempt to convert every reader to Christianity. Couldn't make it all the way through. Wish I hadn't bought it in retrospect. I purchased it right after reading "Unbroken" thinking there might be some similarities. On the contrary, as the writing in Unbroked was exceptional and completely enthralling. I highly recommend the latter book.

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excellent account of this terrible tragedy

loved this book from start to finish, well documented by the author and read by the narrator, such a horrific tale and distressing to listen to at some points, of what the survivors endured during their time in the water before rescue

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  • 08-31-19

A full range of emotions

I have nothing but admiration for the men of the USS Indianapolis. This is a harrowing story or tragedy and coverup, but also of courage, determination and honour. it is also a testament to a God and the men who trust in him to use even the most trying of situations for ultimate good.