A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredib

A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredib

by Michael J. Tougias

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Seventy-foot waves batter a torn life raft 250 miles out to sea in one of the world’s most dangerous places, the Gulf Stream. Hanging on to the raft are three men, a Canadian, a Brit, and their captain, JP de Lutz, a dual citizen of America and France. Their capsized forty-seven-foot sailboat has filled with water and disappeared below the tempestuous sea. The giant waves repeatedly toss the men out of their tiny vessel, and JP, with nine broken ribs, is hypothermic and on the verge of death. The captain, however, is a remarkably tough character, having survived a brutal boyhood, and now he must rely on the same inner strength to outlast the storm.

Trying to reach these survivors before it’s too late are four brave Coast Guardsmen battling hurricane- force winds in their Jayhawk helicopter. They know the waves will be extreme, but when they arrive they are astounded to find that the monstrous seas have waves reaching eighty feet. Lowering the wind-whipped helicopter to drop a rescue swimmer into such chaos will be extremely dangerous. The pilots wonder if they have a realistic chance of saving the sailors clinging to the broken life raft, and if they will be able to even retrieve their own rescue swimmer from the towering seas. Once they commit to the rescue, they find themselves in almost as much trouble as the survivors, facing one life-and-death moment after the next.

Also caught in the storm are three other boats, each one in a Mayday situation. Of the ten people on these boats, only six will ever see land again.

Spellbinding, harrowing, and meticulously researched, A Storm Too Soon is a vivid account about the powerful collision between the forces of nature and the human will to survive. Author Michael J. Tougias, known for his fast-paced writing style and character-driven stories, tells this true saga in the present tense to give the reader a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat immediacy. A Storm Too Soon is Tougias at his masterful best and a heart-pounding narrative of survival, the power of the human spirit, and one of the most incredible rescues ever attempted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451683356
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 157,344
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Michael J. Tougias is the author of a number of books, including Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm SandyOverboard!The Finest Hours (with Casey Sherman), the basis of the major motion picture released in 2016; 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.

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A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredible Rescue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy this author. Have read several of his books and heard him speak in Waldoboro, ME. This book, while a good read, just did not hold my interest like some of his others.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
A Storm Too Soon is about an inspiring survival story of three men on a sailboat who run into trouble when faced with a rough tropical storm. Their trip was from Florida to France and even though they took many precautions before the trip, the tropical storm still surprised them. In this book you will also read about the four courageous coast guardsmen who risked their lives to save them. I think readers who enjoy suspense and action would like this book as there is a turn of events at every corner it seems. Connor T, Age 14 Broward Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riveting story. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoy this author. Hope he continues to write survival stories at sea
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