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Overboard!: A True Blue-water Odyssey of Disaster and Survival Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 16, 2010
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"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
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TRUE SURVIVAL STORIES: my books include "Overboard!", "Ten Hours Until Dawn", "The Finest Hours", "A Storm Too Soon", Rescue of the Bounty, "Fatal Forecast", and "So Close to Home"
HISTORY: "King Philip's War" (co-author), "Quabbin", "The Blizzard of 78"
HUMOR AND THE OUTDOORS: "There's a Porcupine in My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountainman Wannabe" and "The Cringe Chronicles" and "River Days"
INSPIRATION: "Derek's Gift"
YOUNG ADULT/MIDDLE READER VERSIONS OF: "The Finest Hours," "A Storm Too Soon" "Derek's Gift"
I'm not sure what I'll do next. But I'll follow my intuition. And, of course, the topic has to be something I feel passionate about. I give presentations about my books across the country and you can learn more at www.michaeltougias.com Thank you for all your support! Michael Tougias
Top Customer Reviews
Having raced to Bermuda three times I can identify with this captain and crew, and could not put the book down. It is an extremely will written true suspense and survival story. For serious sailors there are many lessons to be learned or relearned from the fight for survival they experienced.
There is an excellent prologue explaining the Gulf Stream - its' effects on the ocean and sailing and the weather. Even if you do not know the technicalities of sail, the explanations that are in the story are well done, simple and interesting and add to the action. You can feel the love of sail and the respect of what water can do to a boat.
This is also a story of praise to the Coast Guard, how they work and put their lives on the line in harrowing conditions in order to save other lives. If you do not realize what the men and women of this under appreciated service do, you will after finishing this book. That part of this story is nothing short of amazing; the rescue of sailors in the worst conditions imaginable.
Anyone, no matter what their connection to boating and the sea will find this an interesting story of people out on the water in a sinking boat, and actually in the water without a lifeboat. You will know what it is like to face waves that are like solid mountains - that can damage the largest ship, much less a smaller sail boat out in unexpected weather. Pick up this book when you have the time, because, you will not be able to put it down.
This one is about an experienced captain and first mate who go on a voyage with three new crew members, get slammed by a storm, and the ensuing struggle to survive. The rescue mission is equally enthralling.
Another of my top 20 books which I found impossible to put down. Well written and riveting.
For other books that I found gripping and well worth reading, see my other reviews or my listmania list. I am an avid reader of true adventure and/or survival stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Michael Tougias interviews all the players in depth, and weaves a yarn of unforgettable detail, courage, and heroism. A can't-put-it-down thriller of survival, stamina, and guts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by F. Osborn
This book was hard to put down. Mr. Tougias is a talented writer and I'd read his books before. His description of the angry ocean makes one feel they are there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Alice Randall
OK, I'm half way through and I have to leave the house to go over and pick up my mom for Sunday dinner and I am stalling her as I cannot stop reading this book! Read morePublished 2 months ago by New Jersey Mom
A great read. Well written and easy to follow on all fronts. Thank God we have a US Coast guard.Published 3 months ago by Clyde Ricker
Truly one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. I find myself drawn to "disaster" books and have definitely read my share of them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathleen Kennedy
Very seldom do I find a book that keeps me reading past midnight but Overboard did. This incredible story was a real page-turner . Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carol Otter