If you are a mariner of any kind, yachtie, tugboats, deep sea, you should read this book. Hurricanes/typhoons are something mariners should NEVER underestimate. This well crafted narritive will tell you why in so many ways. The author weaves together several narritives covering the sad tale of the loss of the Windjammer Cruises 'Phantome' along with several other simultaneous events surrounding this event. The horrific nature and cruelly indifferent character of Nature's violence comes through very clearly. Eye witness accounts from suvivors on islands affected by the same hurricane show very well why thinking of these stormes as anything but destructive, death dealing events is criminally foolish. Recent events (the El Faro loss) are more easily understood after reading this account of a tragic loss. I could hardly put this book down till finished.