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This review is from: Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster (Hardcover)
As a gCaptain member I bought this book based on John Konrad's reputation as a blogger. I came away feeling disappointed.
I found his descriptions of the industry to be extraordinarily perceptive. The contrast between the hyper employee safety programs and the risks taken with those same employee's lives with executive level decisions was insightful. The general descriptions of what can only be termed as the 'oil field culture' were what saved this book from being a 2 star rating.
Unfortunately, I felt a large contrast between the author's comfort zone about the industry and his awkwardness in telling the personal stories of the men and women involved. I was left with the very distinct impression that the people he chose to follow in the book were the only ones he could get to talk with him, however briefly. The obvious exception being Dave Young. An admitted academy friend and one whose story the author takes great pains to paint in a favorable light. The author will make a statement regarding an aspect of rig life and seem to contradict that statement in the following paragraphs. I have watched the USCG depositions of the crew on C-Span, some of the events in this book are represented differently than the events they themselves have described.
I left disappointed with this book. I read it expecting to read an insider's impression of the incident. Instead, I found that view wedged between barely researched biographies, factual errors and contradictions.