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Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 1, 2011
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Nevertheless, the catastrophe on the Deepwater Horizon touched us all. The explosion and fire killed eleven, injured seventeen and resulted in the worst accidental marine oil spill in history. The impact, on both the environment of the Gulf of Mexico and on offshore oil policy, is likely to be far reaching. This is why John Konrad's and Tom Schorder's new book, Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster, is so timely and so welcome.
Konrad knows of what he writes. He is a veteran drill rig captain and a former employee of Transocean, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon. He also is the founder of the excellent maritime industry blog, gCaptain.com. Konrad is assisted by Tom Schoder, who was the editor of the Washington Post Magazine when the magazine won, not one, but two Pulitzer Prizes.
The Deepwater Horizon was one of the most powerful industrial machines ever built. A semi-submersible, dynamically-positioned, ultra-deepwater rig - it was part ship and part drilling platform. The rig was 367' long and 256' wide and was 395' tall from the thrusters to the top of the derrick, roughly as tall as a 40 story office tower. When she was built in 2000 in Korea, she was the state of the art in deep water drilling.Read more ›
When I started my hitch, I set the book down on the table in the galley, I figured the crew would enjoy reading it, I usually stick to sleeping to movies in my off time. I had to pick up a really long watch and decided I would pick the book up and give it a try, if I don't get sucked into a book within the first 10 pages, I won't finish it. Needless to say, I was excited reading the book, I had to take breaks to tell my wife she needed to read it. It's hard to describe going to an academy and going out to sea to the layperson. My wife is slowly learning, and her family has no clue what I go through, or my family goes through. This book took the words right out of my mouth, was like the author was describing my life. I wanted her and her family to read the book, just to understand my life.
The description of the characters, giving their backgrounds, showing the type of person they were, painted a perfect picture of most the guys I know. The way it was written really sucks you into the lives of the crew, you feel as though you had known them for years. I believe these men and one woman convey the image of the epitome of seafarers.
When disaster struck, it happened suddenly, kind of caught me off guard. Maybe I was so engulfed in the story and the peoples lives that I felt like I was there. Then once the alarm sounds, it brought out all the times I've been jolted by a sudden odd alarm.Read more ›
I found his descriptions of the industry to be extraordinarily perceptive. The contrast between the hyper employee safety programs and the risks taken with those same employee's lives with executive level decisions was insightful. The general descriptions of what can only be termed as the 'oil field culture' were what saved this book from being a 2 star rating.
Unfortunately, I felt a large contrast between the author's comfort zone about the industry and his awkwardness in telling the personal stories of the men and women involved. I was left with the very distinct impression that the people he chose to follow in the book were the only ones he could get to talk with him, however briefly. The obvious exception being Dave Young. An admitted academy friend and one whose story the author takes great pains to paint in a favorable light. The author will make a statement regarding an aspect of rig life and seem to contradict that statement in the following paragraphs. I have watched the USCG depositions of the crew on C-Span, some of the events in this book are represented differently than the events they themselves have described.
I left disappointed with this book. I read it expecting to read an insider's impression of the incident. Instead, I found that view wedged between barely researched biographies, factual errors and contradictions.
Also brought to light was the disconnect between what folks working on the beach and the folks working the rigs and the workboats consider to be a safe working environment. The most dangerous example I found was the fact that the rig personnel were not allowed to carry knives, so when they needed one to cut their liferaft loose they were unable to do so. Mariners forbidden to carry knives?! Really.
This book let's you smell the salt air, the diesel fumes; feel the stress and external corporate pressures; get blown across the deck by the exploding gas, and agonize over the loss of eleven hard working oilfield personnel.
If you're a sailor you'll love this book. If you've never seen the sea you'll love this book while you learn much about the blowout. It is authentic because Konrad knows the people, equipment, and companies involved. Who better to tell the story?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed reading Fire on the Horizon. Especially as events recede from public view, books like this become more important. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Greene
Very good book! I learned a lot about oil drilling in general in addition to learning many pertinent details of the Deepwater Horizon incident. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Vincent J.
This book is full of background information about the Deepwater Horizon. It was a excellent read.Published 7 months ago by Dave Grover
Excellent. Well written with history of the rig and real life stories of the explosion.Published 7 months ago by robert
A great background into what led to the BP oil spill and the individuals who were impacted by the accident.Published 7 months ago by KMS
Saw the documentary and bought this book as a result. Another documented case of "cutting corners" to "save s buck" costing people their lives. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MRSKI
Good read. Easy to digest. Facts align with the major Macondo/Horizon investigation incident reports. A must read for offshore oil field professionals.Published 14 months ago by Stephen L. Ellis
If you want to know what happened just read the USCG and BOEMR reports. There's almost nothing of substance in this book that isn't in the official reports. Read morePublished 15 months ago by fourdegreesc