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Not Without Hope Paperback – Bargain Price, December 28, 2010
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“Eye-opener.” (USA Today )
“Still haunted by the experience and the rumors that followed...Schuyler has written a memoir to set the record straight.” (People )
“A harrowing tale...The story [that] made headlines all over the world.” (New York Post )
“A compelling account of tragedy at sea.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer )
“A profoundly sad struggle.” (Bloomberg News )
From the Back Cover
On February 28, 2009, Nick Schuyler went on a deep-sea fishing trip with three friends: NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and Will Bleakley, former University of South Florida football player and Nick's best friend. What was supposed to be a day of fun and relaxation aboard Cooper's twenty-one-foot vessel turned nightmarish in the Gulf of Mexico, seventy miles west of Tampa, Florida, when a tragic mistake caused their boat to capsize. With no food or water, no emergency beacon to alert authorities, the four athletes clung to the overturned hull through the night—battling hypothermia, hallucinations, hunger, dehydration, and huge pounding waves, as they prayed, spoke of their loved ones, and shared what they would have done differently with their lives. In the end, only one would reach dry land alive.
Much more than a riveting true account of survival, Not Without Hope is Nick Schuyler's inspiring story of courage, resolve, and friendship.
Top Customer Reviews
The morning of the fishing trip Nick's Dad Stu who knew of the fella's fishing trip woke up early "TURNED ON THE TELEVISION AND SAW THAT A FORCEFUL UPPER AIR DISTURBANCE WAS APPROACHING THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES FROM THE NORTHWEST." Stu called his son and his call went directly to voice mail: "NICK, IF YOU GET THIS MESSAGE, HEAD BACK EARLY. A BIG STORM'S COMING IN."
What would follow is the death of three of the four men. This story is told in an unrelenting... heart pounding... literally spell binding manner... that will continue to assault your senses... as assuredly as the next wave would unmercifully pound Nick, Will, Corey... and Marquis.Read more ›
Buy the book and read it; it is hard to put down. I'll comment about the writing of the book and then about the story.
The survival story is gripping, as I said. Yet, since every book about someone stranded at sea goes into the survivor's reflections about his own life, beware that in this case the survivor is a 24 YO bodybuilder. His life might not interest the reader as much so skim through those sections and you'll loose nothing. AH, beware also that the book is plagued with "Me's" and "I's" so if you are intolerant to self-centeredness go get your anti-acid before you start to read.
Before I turn to my opinion about the story, I'll tell you that I agree with others that have commented that the narrative seems a little strange. One example is enough to show this: they are dying of thirst and suddenly Will retrieves a Gatorade from the capsized boat. First the author says "I didn't drink it right away" as if he were the only one in the boat and as if he had recovered it and not somebody else who should drink first. But not only that. They decide to drink only half and then the story keeps going without ever saying what happened to the other half of this vital supply. Isn't that weird?
No, I will give a second example: they have been stranded suffering from hypothermia and hanging from the boat with their fingernails. Waves come and go and suddenly the author says "by the way, I had previously managed to get on the boat". What??? Is that not like something you tell every detail about? Well, enough about the narrative, let me go briefly into the story.
I have to say I was astonished. The story shows the pettiness and the greatness of human beings in the course of 48 hours.Read more ›
The author just wasn't that likeable to me - he comes across as a bit egotistical and overly guilt-ridden in the last third of the book, but he's got guts. The story of what happened to him and three buddies is remarkable; something I'll likely always remember.
Regardless of the interesting tale, if Nick Schuyler's book can help prevent other boaters from the same fate, it will have more than worthwhile.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved reading this true story. Sad also!! Well written. Quick read. Inspiring.Published 7 months ago by Bootlover
Good story. Not a long book. Story moves a long at a good pace.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very gripping story, hard to put down.
I do believe Nick' s recollection is as he best recalls the events. Read more
Tremendous story and great story of hope and survival. Not very well written though. Few typing and grammar errors throughout the book.Published 12 months ago by Darrell Quarles
The story was a good story but could have been a much better book if it was written better. So many things were told over and over to the point of almost wishing I had picked... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David A. Newell
Overall this is a intresting book. I would say it has some boring parts that dont really pertain to the story such as nick talking about his family. Read morePublished 14 months ago by gogetit
This was a good account of a harrowing survival. I enjoyed Nick's narration and am glad that he made it out alive, but of course sad that his friends didn't make it.Published 15 months ago by Lois Damron