Left For Dead: 30 Years On - The Race is Finally Over: The Untold Story of the Tragic 1979 Fastnet Race Paperback – 6 Sep 2010
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'Nick has told the story of his amazing survival in his book Left for Dead, which he has re-released to include a new chapter about his epic challenge 30 years later.'
--The Irish Sun, 27th July 2010
'Unsettling but compelling reading. Essential reading for those sailors who can't help thinking "What if?"'
--Sailing Today, November 2010
'This book is a gripping read from start to finish.' --Compass Magazine, 2010
"harrowing and deeply moving account of the events of August 11, 1979"
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The narrative is beautifully weighted with the perfect amount of detail, both biographical and concenring the Fastnet Race itself. Not only did I learn a great deal about this tragic race, but I also started to really root for the author and genuinely felt his desparation as hopes were raised and dashed.
The descriptive passage of the gathering storm and the growing fears in the crew of the Grimalkin is one of the most tense and gripping passages I have read in some time, particularly the vivid imagery of the ever changing colours of the sky and the ominous threat of the Irish Sea.
I would, as my friend did, insist that you read this book and then insist that all of your friends do the same.
From the start I was gripped, despite having no interest in sailing whatsoever. I found the development of the story - how much bad luck can a guy get - completely absorbing.
The descriptions of wild seas are better than accurate - they actually take you there.
If you have been out to sea, it will take you right back there. It describes perfectly the way it can change in the course of minutes and how stomach clenchingly terrifying it can be.
Of course, Mr Ward has been in a situation that, thankfully, few of us have ever - or ever will be - in.
This, however, is more than simply a description of scary seas and "rough weather". It is about survival against the odds and a captivating hour by hour narrative of a harrowing story.
In summary, an excellent and gripping story with the most vivid descriptive passages I have read in many a year. Buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put it down, an amazing story, told with incredible honesty and detail. I am left with a sense of awe at the horror of this storm, and the book created a vivid reality... Read morePublished 12 months ago by ADSH
My son recommended this book to me, saying that he couldn't put it down. Neither could I. It is very well written and fast paced, and all the more poignant for being a true... Read morePublished 13 months ago by KatieB
There is too much hyperbolae and a number of statements in sailing terms do not stack up.Published 14 months ago by Peter Crump
A very well written book for all to read, not just those who sail.Published 14 months ago by Henry James
I couldn't put this book down at times. Very well written & I think would be enjoyed by sailors & non sailors alike. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gemgems86