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Men Against the Sea (The Bounty Trilogy #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  553 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
MEN AGAINST THE SEA is the epic story of the 19 loyal men who, with Captain Bligh at the helm, were set adrift in a 23-foot open launch. Their 3,600-mile voyage remains one of the greatest feats of courage and adventure in the annals of the sea.
Mass Market Paperback, 158 pages
Published March 28th 1972 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published January 1933)
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Mar 07, 2014 Walter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-maritime
In this, the second installment of the Bounty trilogy, the jettisoned crew of Captain Bligh's 23 foot launch travels 3600 miles from the island of Tofoa to the Dutch colony of Timor. This novel is based on a true story of Captain Bligh's miracle, whereby he saved the lives of 18 of the 19 men who were marooned with him on the little launch to fend for themselves in the vastness of the South Pacific.

Honestly, I enjoyed the "Mutiny on the Bounty" better, but "Mutiny" had it all - adventure, the in
Bernard Norcott-mahany
Captain Bligh is my hero. I know: you’re likely reading that statement and assuming that I’ve gone off the deep end. Captain Bligh, a hero?! But I’m not alone in saying that.

So says Thomas Ledward, Acting Surgeon of HMS Bounty and the other loyal seamen put off the Bounty by the mutineers, when they took control of the ship on 28 April 1789. While the mutineers had enough scruples not to execute Bligh and those who remained loyal to him, the only alternative they had was to set them adrift in t
Kashfia Nehrin
May 03, 2013 Kashfia Nehrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
though took a little time to finish it but it's fact that captain Bligh is one of the greatest inspirational characters I have ever met while reading books. Awesome classic and yes indeed this is Mr. Captain Bligh has got an awesome personality. The days in sea is the perfect reminder for all , the perfect adventure and struggle.
Jul 25, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You couldn't ask for anymore out of this story. You know exactly what you're going to get, but it delivers.

The narration is straightforward and likable, and the perspective seems appropriately representative of the times. I empathized with and admired the men's feelings for the sturdy launch that ferried them along their impossible journey, and felt a sadness once it had to go. I only wish I knew more/could remember some of the many boat and sailing terminology used.
Feb 13, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ships-and-seas
Men Against the Sea is a nice piece of historical fiction, set in 1789, based on the nautical log and personal writings of Captain Bligh chronicling the 3,652 mile voyage 19 men jammed into a 23 foot row-boat. These guys were on the losing side of the whole mutiny on the Bounty thing. I liked Nordhoff and Hall's exhaustive research which produced a book that was both entertaining to read and as factual as possible. After weeks of eating nothing but bread and water these guy's hit the Great Barri ...more
George Heidemark
May 26, 2015 George Heidemark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is volume 2 in the Mutiny on the Bounty trilogy. The first book is the best known of the series but this book is a ripping yarn. It tells the tale of the loyal crew members of Captain Bligh who were set adrift by mutineers. They crossed the Pacific in an open boat crossing 3,600 miles of sea. They faced storms, Natives and starvation. A good old fashioned read.
Dec 26, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting true-life tale of what happened to Captain Bligh after the mutiny on the Bounty. Cast adrift with 17 loyal crew members in an open lifeboat, he navigated them across 3,600 miles of open sea to the Dutch East Indies. This novel is very short and doesn't have the twists, turns, and emotional details of Mutiny on the Bounty, but it's a very enthralling sea adventure.
Jun 10, 2014 Charly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
This was the second book of the Bounty Trilogy and I found it very entertaining. It is the story of the Captain and men who were cast off the Bounty in a 23 foot launch and their perils as they crossed 3600 miles of open sea to find a European presence in the Southern Hemisphere. A much better read than I expected.
M. Patrick
It took me a while longer to read because I couldn't get into it as much as I did the first. Also, the first book gave me such a negative view of Bligh that I found it hard to read this point of view which praised Bligh's leadership skills frequently. However, it was excellently written, short, and despite the fact that they are simply floating at sea for 3/4 of the book, it was never dull (unlike Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea). By the end, as much as I hate to admit it, I found that I now hav ...more
April Pitcairn
May 06, 2015 April Pitcairn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a descendant of the founder of the island I found the whole trilogy fascinating!
Jonathan Plumpton
Nov 14, 2015 Jonathan Plumpton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome second book of the Bounty trilogy.
Jeffrey Bean
Jun 07, 2014 Jeffrey Bean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The trilogy is wonderful.
Slightly outdated style but still very nice reading.
Jan 31, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, biographies
Fascinating account of an open water journey across the south Pacific. Bligh's crew mutiny and send him off the ship with a small crew of faithfuls. An expert seaman, he demonstrates incredible leadership when he pilots this small rowboat and a handful of men across hundreds of miles of open ocean. Their bravery and resourcefulness are surpassed, in my opinion, only by Earnest Shackelton who made a similar trek under conditions even more trying.
Aug 23, 2010 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Men Against the Sea is not as good as Mutiny on the Bounty, but how much purchase can you get with 19 men on a 23 foot launch with only 8 inches of freeboard amidships? I seem to be going through a 12 year old boy phase. At any rate, this is a truly amazing and horrifying account of Captain Bligh's heroic sail to safety over 3600 miles of the Pacific Ocean in an open boat. Fascinating, unimaginable, and a true story.
Jan 28, 2014 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dads
2.5 stars
Jun 02, 2010 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story (based on historical records) of Captain Bligh's voyage of over 3600 miles with 19 men in a small boat over open sea to reach land after being ousted from the HMS Bounty. Bligh comes across a bit too nice in the book, although he certainly deserves kudos for getting all but one man (who was killed by unfriendly natives on an island on the way) back to safety.
May 31, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is nice to be able to follow the mutiny from all the different points of view and also to see what happened to the three different groups involved in this mutiny. This was the second part of the story and I have just finished the third, can't wait to see what happens. This is also a very compelling read due to the hardships the crew has to endure.
Oct 21, 2015 Joebacca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3600 miles in a boat. story of survival

now I want to go sailing
Jan 02, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

A grand retelling of Captain Bligh's remarkable voyage with 19 men in an open boat across 3600 miles of ocean. Regardless of Mr. Bligh's actions which contributed to the mutiny, this trip is nothing less than heroic.

Should be read shortly after Mutiny on the Bounty.
Bill Westenberg
Nov 05, 2007 Bill Westenberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book in the Bounty trilogy, this book takes you on the stunning voyage of Bligh and the other members of the Bounty who were mutinied against. Another wonderful look in to human nature. One leaves the book with very conflicted feelings towards Bligh.
Apr 23, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an incredible tale of survival at sea. I was very moved by what these men went through and the will they had to survive. This was an incredible story and book!
Jan 02, 2012 K.c. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of endurance and suffering. Remarkable, though not as dramatic as Mutiny on the Bounty. A title good enough to name your band after.
While this was slow at points, the repetition of days and tasks made you identify with the sailors that much more. An incredible journey.
Aug 24, 2011 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story- a heart stopping page turner better than any modern day thriller.
a story of hope in mankind.
Michael SaharaFrog
So far, a very interesting and enjoyable trilogy. I hope to stumble across the next installment some day.
Sep 15, 2010 Billie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another library discard I picked up. 2nd in set. Can't put them down.
Nov 16, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far, my favorite of the whole great series! Loved it!
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This describes the 20th century novelist, most famous for Mutiny on the Bounty. For the 19th century journalist and author, see Charles Nordhoff.

Charles Bernard Nordhoff was an English-born American novelist and traveler.
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