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Tougias, who with Ten Hours until Dawn (2005) rivaled Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm, 1997) in the telling of harrowing experiences at sea, returns with the tale of the yachts Almeisan and At Ease. Caught in a vast storm off the East Coast in spring 2005, the two experienced sailors aboard Almeisan were washed overboard. The captain died, but his first mate survived, thanks to a Filipino merchant ship, and the Almeisan’s three working passengers fast-learned enough seamanship to last until the Coast Guard arrived. The crew of At Ease all survived, but their ordeal was only slightly less harrowing, and the descriptions of it are quite as vivid. Tougias has a knack for getting those who go down to the sea in ships (or, sometimes, nearly under it in yachts) to talk to him and for weaving thoroughly absorbing sea stories out of what they disclose to him. Maritime history and adventure fans need this one. QY: add hyphen to Blue-water in bib data title? Per S&S Web site --Roland Green
"A heart-pounding account of the storm that tore apart a 45-foot sailboat." -The Boston Globe
"Michael Tougias has done it again, this time delivering an edge-of-your-seat chronicle of what happens when a sailboat goes up against a fierce storm in the heart of the Gulf Stream." -The Providence Journal
This was a real page turner & the author did a great job of telling the story of the survivors ,the Coast Guard & the families . Read morePublished 1 month ago by DAM
I was looking for a vaca read about the sea. The fact that these events really happened was a bonus and made it even more intense... It was a page turner! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suzy Q.
Mesmerizing. I had a hard time putting this book down. The courage of the rescuers and those being rescued, particularly Loch Reidy was inspirational. I heartily recommend it.Published 4 months ago by Ceil G.
amazing true story with a friend of mine as one of the heroesPublished 4 months ago by Kriekside mom