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Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

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A Perfect Storm for a new generation, Rachel Slade's Into the Raging Sea is a masterful page-turning account of the El Faro's sinking.”
—Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

“The one account I’ve read that solves the riddle of El Faro convincingly and thoroughly. Superbly written, Into the Raging Sea deserves a place on th
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Ecco
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Brenda Ayala
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is very expertly researched and accounts for every bit of the varying events that caused the sinking of the El Faro.

In short, the company TOTE fucked over their crew by having out of date software and hardware. Captain Davidson was more focused on his own career than getting safely to Puerto Rico. Danielle and Schultz were worried about coming on too strong. In short, bad business practice and poor communication between the ranks doomed the ship from the get-go.

The author did a great job o
David V.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received as an ARC via my employer Barnes & Noble. Started 4-9-18. Finished 4-12-18. Investigative journalism at its best. Will keep you involved from beginning to end like a good fiction book but it's all true. The sinking of this cargo ship and the deaths of its crew could have been avoided but for the ignorance, apathy, greed, and emotional instability of the parties involved. This book should be used as a textbook in all maritime academies in the world. It would also help to have it be r ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This is a fascinating account of the sinking of El Faro, a 700+ ft shipping vessel in 2015. The book delves into modern shipping, the history of ship building, and the pressures of capitalism without ever neglecting the human stories. The recovery of the ship's audio recordings takes readers into the bridge on the last day before the sinking. This is a good book.
Tonstant Weader
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shipping is dangerous work and ships run aground, capsize, founder, or sink nearly every day. Some of these tragedies, though, capture the imagination and inspire writers to explore the reasons for their loss and to find some deeper meaning. The sinking of El Faro in Hurrican Joaquin on October 1, 2015, is just such a storm and has already inspired at least three books so far. Rachel Slade’s Into the Raging Sea seeks to do more than tell the story of the loss of El Faro and its thirty-three crew ...more
Patrick SG
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and harrowing account of the loss of a ship with 33 people aboard during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. For those who wondered how a ship could have deliberately moved into the path of a tropical system like this the book provides the answer.

Unlike the classic "The Perfect Storm," which this book might be compared to, the author of this book has access to a valuable resource - more than 25 hours of recordings made on the bridge of the ships officers conversations. Much like an airliner'
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This account of a shipwreck reads like a movie, and is also an infuriating indictment of corporate greed, regulatory corner-cutting, and male hubris.
Allen Adams

So much of our country’s history is bound up in the sea. Our relationship to the ocean has defined us in many ways over the years. Even now, our waterways play vital roles in the way our nation operates. But all that time at sea comes with risk; it’s risk that we often forget or dismiss, but it never goes away.

And sometimes, it makes its presence known.

On Oct. 1, 2015, the merchant ship El Faro ran into Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas and sank, killing a
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Into the Raging Sea, by Rachel Slade is a book with visceral impact. You know how the story ends, but through her narrative you gain insight into the lives of the crew of the El Faro, an understanding of the mechanics of the disaster, and why hubris should be included with sloth among the seven deadly sins.

The construction of this book brings you through the event, braiding the timelines of the various elements involved seamlessly, allowing the reader an appreciation of the sinking of the El Fa
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, nook
Combine a corporate that puts profits ahead of safety (I know, dog bites man), a ship captain who is filled with hubris and fear of losing his job, a category 4 hurricaine and you get a real-life perfect storm that sinks the El Faro and all 33 hands in October 2015. Slade does a masterful job of creating a fast moving and tragic story based on last 26 hours of conversation recorded on El Faro. Coast Guard rescuers are the amazing heroes. One chapter goes into the detail of a rescue that really g ...more
Kathleen Perkins
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating investigation into a tragic and totally preventable disaster. The sinking of the El Faro describes what happens when an old ship owned and managed by an incompetent company and mastered by a paranoid yet driven master motors into the eye of a hurricane and sinks with all thirty-three people on board. There is something very wrong with marine law and operations when one person can sail into a watery grave and no one accompanying them on the trip has the nerve or the authorit ...more
Rita Ciresi
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This well-researched book, which began as an article for Yankee magazine, details the events that led up to the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro in Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. The story is based upon actual dialogue recorded by the ship's black box in the hours leading up to the disaster and court records of the public investigation. In between the actual drama of the ship sinking and its aftermath, the author teaches us about shipbuilding, trade politics, Coast Guard safety, and the need for re ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very detailed account of the sinking of the El Faro. The author did a great job of not only documenting the tragedy, but also by providing much of the actual dialog of the crew in their last hours. She was able to do this because searchers were able to recover the "black box" which recorded these conversations.

My only compliant, and a minor one , is the lack of photos. There are none in this book. Photos of the ship and crew would have been nice. I'm sure the families could have provided some
Lisa M Friesen
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating book. True stories are usually too wordy and boring, this was neither. The author wrote a dire story of American Cargo Shipping. All the regulations, the broken rules and the breakdown of communication to the large corporations who own the ships. These CEOs in charge care little about the crew and more about the cargo and profit. And never in this story did the author forget about the loss of 33 lives. A must read that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good story, a little too much detail about the technical aspects of what could have gone wrong with the ship so I skipped over those descriptions but the human interest part of the book is heartbreaking and you could feel the terror those people must have been feeling the last minutes of their lives on that ship.
Stefan Preston
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating True Story

This is an extensively researched analysis of an epic maritime fail that reds like a gripping novel. A story of corporate greed and incompetence, political corruption and quiet heroism.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Compelling & Heartbreaking

A difficult read due to the tragedy that could have been prevented. A gripping story of failure and heartbreak.
Author wanders a little wide of the main narration a couple times but in the end brings the story together to its sad conclusion.
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my kind of thriller, I was so nervous reading this that I had to google the outcome which truly broke my heart. An incredibly detailed account of a tragic ending, I blistered through the book, I am always in awe of the sea.
Jeff Dow
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
A compelling look into the (preventable) disaster of the EL FARO sinking. Rachel Slade delves into the complex narrative by weaving climatology, ship building, maritime law, hurricane forecasting, corporate malfeasance, and human behavior into this book
Michael O'Donnell
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great coverage of the people as well as the industry surrounding the sinking of El Faro
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