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Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea
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Preview — Fatal Forecast by Michael J. Tougias Goodreads Author. As gripping and harrowing as The Perfect Storm--but with a miracle ending--this work tells the dramatic, true story of two fishing boats and their crews ambushed by a horrific surprise storm off the coast of Cape Cod. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published July 17th by Scribner Book Company first published More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 22, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: adventure-read , natural-disaster. This was my second Tougias book- survival stories are my kryptonite, and he finds some great stories. I read Overboard! Perhaps it due to the time that has passed since the storm, whereas the Overboard storm occurred much more recently, that this story seem less constructed, less cohesive.
As always I was impressed with the daring of not only the Coast Guard, but other mariners in the vicinity who did all they could to help everyone in trouble. I was also struck by the age of the captains. Bob Brown who also would later own the infamous Andrea Gail of the Perfect Storm had been fishing for a lifetime, but his 22 year old son captained proficiently his own boat, and Billy Garnos was also young.
I guess I always have these images of these vast ocean liners, grizzled old sea captains, etc. For a 22 year old to take naught but a 50 foot ship out onto the open, violent ocean, just blows my mind. Tougias does a good job of explaining the science of the movement of the ocean on this particular stretch of continental shelf, however, he could have examined in better detail the failings of the NWS to appropriately forecast or inform the local captains that they were missing weather bouys. I realize that was not the focus of his story, however, I feel like it could have really strengthened the information that the reader was getting about this event.
Jul 14, Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing. This is a spell binding true story of survival at sea when all should have been lost. I love how the author also tells about the courage of the Coast Guard and a crew of a fishing boat who risked their own lives to save others. The amazing thing about this true story is that there were survivors.
It is an excellent story of surviving 65 feet waves and managing to spend 50 hours afloat in the stormy open sea and live to tell about it. It is truly an unforgettable story of the collis This is a spell binding true story of survival at sea when all should have been lost. It is truly an unforgettable story of the collision of nature and the human will to survive. It is well written and well researched and very well worth taking the time to read.
I don't think you will forget this true story or the author - Michael J. Touglas, who does a great job of telling it. Jan 20, Meggen rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction-adult , survival. I was disappointed in this book. The writing was choppy and uninteresting. It was very factual, yet not very emotionally drawing. Although the main focus was the story of one man's 3 day survival at sea after his ship went down in a storm, I found myself not feeling very connected to any of the characters.
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Truly, I should have cared more about everyone whose experiences were chronicled in the book, but I really didn't. If you are looking for a good survival at sea story, "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand is definitely the one I would recommend. View all 3 comments. Jeff Cummings does a great job reading Micheal J. Tougias' accounting of a suprise storm that happened off the New England coast, along Georges Bank. It's the same area of water that the story, Perfect Storm, occured in. I've fished Georges Bank. It is far from the sight of land, and even with a group of people there are solitary moments of time when you are alone to contemplate the vastness of the world around.
Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Story of Disaster and Survival at Sea
Looking out into that body of water makes one understand one's place in the scream of Jeff Cummings does a great job reading Micheal J. Looking out into that body of water makes one understand one's place in the scream of things I love the way nonfiction realigns me Great read This is one of the best books I've ever read. I worried at first that it might be too technical for me to follow since I know very little about this type of fishing and boats, but that wasn't the case at all.
Tougias writes in a very clear and understandable way and made it easy for me to feel I was right there on George's Bank. It is a fascinating story and very well told. If you enjoy books based on true events, I highly recommend this book! I couldn't put it down!
Aug 18, Ashley Katsuyama rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. Incredible story, but I found the writing corny at parts. It also jumped around to stories that were similar to the events taking place, which felt a lot like filler. This would have been better if it had been made into more of a short story instead of a page book.
Nov 12, Kate rated it it was ok. It was a true story of a disaster at sea. I was kind of into it, even though the writing was cheesy, just because i'm a sucker for disaster. But then the pictures in the middle of the book gave away the ending who dies, who doesn't and I got bored and quit. Superb Account of an Epic Disaster This was a hard to put down story about the tragic and heroic events of a rare storm that was similar to the conditions in the Perfect Storm.
The missed forecast due to a malfunctioning weather buoy that NOAA chose not to repair quickly had tremendous consequences for the fishermen who relied on accurate weather information. Author Douglas puts you in the boats with the fishermen and Coast Guardsmen. The epic story of Ernie Hazzard's survival is simply amazing a Superb Account of an Epic Disaster This was a hard to put down story about the tragic and heroic events of a rare storm that was similar to the conditions in the Perfect Storm.
The epic story of Ernie Hazzard's survival is simply amazing as well. Expertly written and researched, it is an unforgettable story. I read this book using immersion reading and narrator Jeff Cummings was superb. Jul 24, Frank rated it liked it. I've always liked Michael Tougias's books, and this one is no exception. Amazing true story of a disaster at sea and a series of miraculous rescues. Strangely, though, I don't think this particular one is as well-written as other Tougias books I've read. One of the reviewers on Good Reads mentioned "cheesy" writing, which isn't far off.
Regardless, this one is still a very good read. Jun 13, Kim Ayres rated it really liked it. Very interesting true story. I learned a lot about how big and small boats operate in the worst kinds of weather. It makes the lobster taste way different. The Families Wait for News. Heading Home and All Alone. Almost Out of Time. At the Edge of the Bank.