The true story of a huge storm at sea and the crew of the fishing boat Andrea Gail, based out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The book opens on the lives of the swordfishing crew and their family members before the storm. It then attempts to reconstruct events on the Andrea Gail during the 1991 storm, and outlines rescue efforts directed at several other ships and a para-rescue helicopter. The book contains a host of technical details about swordfishing, boats, drowning, wave generation and meterology, and tends to read like a series of magazine articles.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
We felt that the technical details were a bit distracting from the overall story of the storm; at the same time they were necessary to give context to the event. The ldepiction of the lives and work habits of the fishermen were an interesting glimpse into another world and we were surprised at how dangerous it still is to make a living at fishing. We found the technical description of drowning to be fascinating and very hard to read about. The book reminds us that in spite of our technological advances, and weather forecasting skills, mother nature still has the last word!