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"A Perfect Storm" it's not
on February 24, 2016
I am very much in the minority here, but I found this book to be more "meh" than mayhem. The actual rescue takes up about half the book. The rest is filled with one aside after another: the history of the Coast Guard; how one character met his wife; how fear raises your heart rate; a reporter driving through the blizzard to report the rescue.
It all makes for a bit of a mess. There are chapters that really drag, as when the authors report on the findings of the post-rescue board of inquiry. The writing is bogged down by long sections of maritime jargon.
There are continuity problems, too. On several occasions, the book mentions a nautical term, like hawser, without explaining what it is. Then later in the book, an explanation appears.
Finally, the book ends on a really depressing note. The rescuers didn't really want the attention they received and in later years didn't share their exploits with their families. They just seemed to want to bury the past, but were also haunted by the experience. How unfortunate.