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

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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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Scribner
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Jp Lutz
Mar 24, 2013 Jp Lutz rated it it was amazing
As one the miraculously rescued victims torn in-extremis from the wrath of un-forecasted, post-named ST Storm Andrea, I have hesitated to provide my so obviously biased opinion of the book. Commander Nevada Smith who led his crew into this unforeseen maelstrom has opened the path on Amazon so I will continue on goodreads.
If you look at the photo of our raft on the side of the mountain of water it is hard to imagine, but to put this incredible 70 foot wave in perspective consider that seas genera
Jan 08, 2017 Jana rated it really liked it
This was an exciting description of the happenings off the coast when a tropical storm birthed itself at an unusual time and in an unusual place. Amazing rescues.
Feb 20, 2017 Kami rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the story but not how it was written.

The stroy itself was interesting and I was very intent on finishing the book despite my reservations about how it was written. I wanted to know what had become of each of the men who had been through the ordeal as either a survivor of the storm or rescuer.

This was an amazing story of survival and rescue.

The author's style of writing felt trite and often either forced or over simplified- an incredibly odd combination.

Also, I noticed at the end of th
Nov 27, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it
A Storm Too Soon by Michael J. Tougias is about three men named JP, Rudy, and Ben who embark on a Sea adventure from Florida to France. While at sea the men encounter a massive storm that claims their sea vessel the Sean Seamor 2. The three men escape the sinking ship and then jump onto a life raft where they are battered and beaten by 80 foot ocean waves. This book tells the story of three men who where stranded on a life raft in the middle of the ocean and with very little odds survived for 24 ...more
Dec 22, 2016 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
LOVED THIS BOOK!! fast paced and very interesting. great narrative from everyone's perspective.
Zach E.
Dec 19, 2016 Zach E. rated it really liked it
December, A Storm Too Soon, Michael Tougias

We follow Rudy, Ben And JP on an adventure as they sail the Atlantic on the 40 foot long Sean Seamour II. Though hurricane season is 3 weeks away, no storm is expected. JP is a veteran sailor who is short and skinny. He is 57 years old and owns the boat. For Rudy, this is one of his first times sailing. He is 62 and has had multiple experiences parachuting and many other extreme sports. Ben is 31 and is also a sailor. Together they will sail the Atlant
Ct Banjo
Feb 09, 2013 Ct Banjo rated it it was amazing
If you've even sailed a boat 30' or longer and thought you might want to sail the Atlantic....think again! This story will convince you to stay with sight of shore. I hate the use the term "page turner" but I read this as close to straight through as a full time job and family would allow me! Everything that could go wrong on a sail went wrong and through courage and chance these three survive.

This is also a wonderful testament to the heroic efforts of Coast Guard C-130 and helicopter pilots wh
American Mensa
Jul 22, 2016 American Mensa rated it it was amazing
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 cor ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it
Shelves: sailing-boats
A 47 foot sailboat in the Atlantic is filling with water. It looks like the EPIRB is broken. The waves are averaging 50 feet. The three sailors will eventually wind up on a life raft in 80 foot waves. 80 foot waves! The story of the rescue is incredible. Will the helicopter go down? Will the rescue swimmer make it?

Great book. I've read a lot of sailboat disaster books and this really one stands out. (Along with Deborah Scaling Kiley's book, but that's another story.) I like the I learned a bit
Aug 15, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
An amazing story of survival and rescue. I cannot even imagine what it must have been like for the three sailors to go up a 70-foot wave in a slightly deflated life raft. Even more amazing is that a rescue swimmer was willing to jump into that maelstrom to rescue. I have newfound admiration for the Coast Guard and their rescue teams. Even though I knew the eventual outcome, the story was riveting from start to finish.
Melanie Guerra
Nov 24, 2013 Melanie Guerra rated it really liked it
a fast read that demonstrates not just the power of nature and the sea, but of human determination and teamwork. a moment or two of white-knuckled ride, but generally an interesting light shed on the work of coast guard teams and the roles they play/work they do.
Ps - do check out the video mentioned at the end of the book!
Jan 07, 2014 Brigette rated it really liked it
This story about a sailing disaster (and subsequent rescue) was really interesting. I learned a lot about how the Coast Guard operates and about survival in (very) high seas. It was well written and included a lot of material that was clearly gathered from talking to the participants, rather than just facts and figures.
Feb 06, 2013 Ajetunhsiv rated it liked it
From a 'survival and rescue from a disaster' standpoint this story is nothing short of miraculous. I am now even more scared of water than before...thanks for that ;) The writing is jumpy and disconnected for my taste and the author assumes we are all sailors with the amount of terminology thrown in.
D. Norman
Mar 17, 2014 D. Norman rated it it was amazing
I would give this 10 stars if I could. I saw Tougis give a talk about this and was fascinated. Then I read the book and was absolutely amazed. The Coast Guard SAR folks don't get enough recognition for the job they do and no one is a better advocate than Tougis. Read this book!
Jordan Mayer
Mar 07, 2014 Jordan Mayer rated it really liked it
Although a gripping story, I didn't find this book as enjoyable as his others. At times it seemed drawn out. The rescue portion was particularly engaging and the Coast Guard rescue team can only be described as brave, heroic and remarkable.
David R Thomlinson
Three very lucky sailors

Three very lucky sailors

Three sailors survived 70 foot waves. Very interesting book. Be sure to watch the rescue on YouTube. Amazing rescue crew.
Dec 23, 2016 Betsy rated it really liked it
A stay-up-late-because-it's-exciting-and-gripping kind of read. A good choice for kids who love/crave adventure and "drama in real life" stories. This one is pretty unbelievable. Nice section of photographs and an epilogue round it out.
Margaret Shettel
Jul 22, 2016 Margaret Shettel rated it it was amazing
It seems trite to say this but I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I felt like I needed to stand up to read a good portion of this book because it was so intense. It is amazing what the human body and spirit can endure and this refers to the rescued as well as the rescuers. A truly amazing book.
Rhonda White
Jan 30, 2016 Rhonda White rated it it was amazing
I was hooked just a few pages in. I read the entire book straight through. The author does an amazing job of painting the picture of what it was like for all the people involved. It's books like these that years later I wonder if it was a book or a movie that I remember.
Donald Mcneil
Jan 10, 2015 Donald Mcneil rated it it was amazing
Truly one of the most amazing books I have ever read. A true story so intense I could not put it down. The courage of these men and those that rescued them brought tears to my eyes over and over again.
Larry DeFoor
Jun 02, 2016 Larry DeFoor rated it it was amazing
A well told but not widely known story of survival against incredible odds. The book is quite intense as it details the heroism of a Coast Guard crew battling 70 foot+ waves and hurricane force winds in an attempt to rescue three sailors. This is America's finest doing the seemingly impossible.
Jan 21, 2013 Wellyn rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by Michael Tougias One of my favorite authors.
Oct 08, 2014 Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to put down. Great story and true...WOW!
Mark McKellar
This is the 3rd book I have read by Michael J. Tougias. He never disappoints. A riveting tale of adventure on the high (and I do mean HIGH) seas.
William May
Apr 25, 2013 William May rated it it was amazing
This book will keep you at the edge of your favorite reading chair. Great story and tribute to our United States Coast Guard. Thrilling and great read.
Feb 13, 2013 Bruce rated it liked it
A credible job of describing the horrifying circumstances that can descend on mariners without warning and the rescue systems set up to save their lives
Sep 02, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it
A really compelling true account of a Coast Guard rescue at sea. What they pull off is amazing.
Mar 01, 2013 Beth rated it liked it
not as gripping as his others
Sep 12, 2015 Astra rated it really liked it
Once I started this book, I could not put it down. A 'hold-your-breath' story (and I don't really care for non-fiction). Oh - and I'll never go sailing again!
Kati Polodna
May 14, 2016 Kati Polodna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating! At one point I was so absorbed while reading that my dinner went cold.
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