Tougias, Michael J. A Storm Too Soon Henry Holt and Company, 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: PG (3 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.
Three men set out to cross the Atlantic from Florida to France, but get caught in a catastrophic storm. Around 250 miles from the coast, their sailboat is overtaken by the waves and they are left to battle the sea in a tiny life raft, hoping that their signal was received by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard sends out a helicopter crew with a rescue swimmer to try and save the men.
This book is intense and I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened to the men and to the rescue crew. Although there isn’t a lot of backstory on any of the men, making them hard to relate to, the actual survival story is remarkable and well described. The books goes back and forth between the rescuers and the rescued. Great nonfiction read with an appealing cover.
MS, HS – ESSENTIAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.