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A Sea Story: The Untold Story of the U.S. Navy Response to 9/11. Kindle Edition

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"This is the most inspiring story about 9/11 that I have had the honor to read. If you are considering purchasing this book. Don't think twice buy it now you won't have any regrets. Thanks Again!" - Joe B.

"It was incredible to journey with our sailors in their quest to protect us all. A unique tale and an inspirational read
!" - Allison.

From the Author

Joseph lives very happily in upstate NY, with his wife Toni and children. Oh, and Maximus, the spoiled Siamese cat. His wife would be insanely pissed if lil ol' Maxy wasn't mentioned. Joe served as a Navy Tomahawk missile operator, instructor, and Navy recruiter. Joseph has been awarded three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
You can contact Joseph at pignataroj@yahoo.com.

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  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W9F4A8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jill Dennison on September 30, 2012
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This is a short novel (216 pages) that blends history with fiction to create a very interesting read. Based on factual events during, and in the months following September 11, 2001, it is the account of one Navy missile operator who was on active duty on that fateful day on the U.S. Navy warship USS Leyte Gulf. Having read everything I could get my hands on about the events and aftermath of 9/11, I have read many fascinating accounts by members of FDNY, NYPD, as well as survivors and civilian eye-witnesses. However until the downfall of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the Navy's Seal Team Six, I never gave much thought to the role of the Navy. In this account we are taken from the initial response of seaman Pignataro and his buddies on the USS Leyte Gulf to their journey through the Suez Canal in October 2001, culminating with the boarding of a ship, the Samra, sailing under the flag of the United Arab Emirates. The Samra was seen in the Persian Gulf listing and riding low, suspected of smuggling oil out of Iraq in violation of the sanctions imposed by the U.N., hence the decision to send a boarding party to inspect the ship. Much of this account is factual while some is undoubtedly creative license. Fact: the USS Leyte Gulf did deploy to the Persian Gulf via the Suez Canal as an escort the USS Roosevelt following the events of 9/11 and returned to the U.S. in April 2002. Fact: the Samra was suspected of smuggling oil and a boarding party did board the ship which was subsequently sunk. Fact: U.S. soldiers were lost in the event. Understand that this is a novel, not a completely factual account, and as such it is certainly an interesting and worthy read.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P on May 8, 2012
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This book is a great story but at first I thought it was a true account of what happened to these sailors on the day of 9/11 & thereafter. However, I knew it couldn't be totally true when the author says they sailed by HMS Warrior! That's impossible unless they were in Portsmouth dockyard where that particular ship has been for nearly 100 years! From that moment on I was pretty disappointed as I didn't know what was true and what was 'author's discretion'.
Never mind, a good story anyway, just not a 'True' story.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mahfuzeee on May 4, 2012
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The book is so amazing..I like this book..The concept of the story,cover page all of the things is so beautiful..from this book anyone have to get a glance of the topic of 9/11..I think it is a true story..I hope all the readers will like the book..
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amjad Ali Khan on May 4, 2012
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There are not many books that gets your attentions within the first few minutes, and this is one of those books, The writer had no doubt put his extra effort into the book making it a brilliant piece of writing. i would highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Simmons on June 20, 2014
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I was a Fire Controlman (FC) in the US Navy for six years from January 1997 to January 2003 as an Aegis Computer Technician. From September 18, 1998 until I left the navy in 2003 I was stationed on the Leyte Gulf’s sister ship, the USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) which was also in the Roosevelt battle group. I’m here to give my review after browsing through this novel.

It’s nothing but fiction. The author gets so many things wrong, even beside the dramatic combat fantasy added, that I have serious doubts if he was even on the ship during this time period. He appears to change some details about what did happen that actually would have made certain parts of the story more dramatic. I would like to point out some of these fictions and mistakes directly from the book.

“As he began to go back inside following another failed attempt, he spotted something that made his stomach tighten up: the tow tugs were arriving to the piers. These small boats were used on a routine basis to assist the large military warships in leaving port.”

Was the author even there on 9/11? Pignataro is correct in saying the tugs were used on a routine basis. Nothing was routine that day though. One of the most dramatic things that really surprised me that morning was watching ships leaving the piers without any tugs assisting. I had been stationed on my ship for three years when 9/11 happened. During those three years I had watched Naval ships in Norfolk get underway hundreds of times. That day was the FIRST time I ever saw US warships in Norfolk leaving the piers left and right under their own power.

Getting underway was normally very orderly. Dozens of sailors would come out with their pants legs tucked down in their socks on the decks of the ship about to depart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Lee Barrett on March 6, 2015
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Given the subject matter, I tried so very hard to like this book. Although generally well-written from a technical standpoint, the writing was generally uninspired and largely unbelievable. The narrative rocked back and forth between apparent actual events and fictionalization of actual events to pure fiction in a ham-fisted manner that led to sighs of exasperation and not a little bit of eye-rolling. Works like this are important to understanding the confluence of events and personalities and the impact they have on our culture as well as our history. Maybe because of that belief, many readers will be prone to hold this book to a higher standard; a standard which, unfortunately, it just doesn't meet.
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