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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 ›
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?
Konrad and Shroder, a former editor and writer at the Washington Post, teamed up to tell this incredible story, which will appeal to anyone who enjoyed Sebastian Junger's "The Perfect Storm". (Junger even contributes a blurb for the book.)
While both books put the reader right in the middle of the disasters, "Fire on the Horizon" has the advantage of the first-hand stories of the survivors. The section of the book that deals with the actual explosion is so harrowing, your heart will pound and your pulse will race as you read the minute-by-minute account from the people who survived it.
The writing is so intense, I could almost feel the unbearable heat and the confusion of the people on that rig as they raced to save themselves and their coworkers from this disaster.
Dave Young is one of the most interesting men on the rig. He graduated from the oldest maritime college in the country, SUNY Maritime College. He is "short and tough, supremely self-confident, (and) perfectly represented the scrappy, resourceful, unruly spirit of his college, little known even in its own southeastern Bronx neighborhood."
Young was the chief mate on the ship, and among his responsibilities was to direct the emergency response and firefighting. He had to convince the captain it was time to abandon ship when all attempts to fight the fire were futile.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This true story was written for all to understand....and for all to realize that BP was so wrong. Unfortunately it caused the lives of many good men!!Published 3 months ago by Wildcat
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It gave me the knowledge to judge for myself the how and whys of that tragic day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by cntzero
I really enjoyed reading Fire on the Horizon. Especially as events recede from public view, books like this become more important. Read morePublished 10 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 11 months ago by Vincent J.
This book is full of background information about the Deepwater Horizon. It was a excellent read.Published 14 months ago by Dave Grover
Excellent. Well written with history of the rig and real life stories of the explosion.Published 14 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 14 months ago by KMS