Overboard!: A True Blue-Water Odyssey of Disaster and Survival
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"Michael Tougias has done it again, this time delivering an edge-of-your-seat chronicle of what happens when a sailboat goes up against a fierce storm in the heart of the Gulf Stream." -The Providence Journal
"Aheart-pounding account of the storm that tore apart a 45-foot sailboat." -"The Boston Globe"
"A heart-pounding account of the storm that tore apart a 45-foot sailboat." -The Boston Globe --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Michael J. Tougias is the author of a number of books, including Rescue of the Bounty Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy; Overboard!; The Finest Hours (with Casey Sherman), soon to be a major motion picture from Disney; Fatal Forecast; and Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do. He is a sought-after lecturer who gives more than seventy presentations each year. He lives in Massachusetts.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I am a pretty sophisticated reader of non-fiction and I had only medium hopes for this book but it has far surpassed them. I will say that if you know nothing about the ocean or sailing and have zero understanding of the technical terms, you *might* be less enthralled than other readers, but even then, a graphic description of someone bobbling alone in the ocean being smashed by 40 foot seas is probably going to be get your attention. :)
I at first questioned the author's technique of describing the action in the present tense and I wondered if it would annoy me, but then I realized he has to jump back and forth in time so frequently he wants to you be able to distinguish between what is happening * right now* and what happened before. It actually works pretty well and keeps the action occurring at different times and places from getting confusing.
My 16 year old son's life goal is become a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. Naturally this book terrifies me, but he is going to love it. :)
This is the first book by Michael J. Tougias that I have read. He style of writing is very lean. He does not get in the way of his story; he just tells the story in the least number of words with which it can be completely told. I appreciate a writer doesn't try to wow you with his writing.
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