On the Edge of Survival: A Shipwreck, a Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a Legend

On the Edge of Survival A Shipwreck a Raging Storm and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a Legend From the acclaimed author whose beloved books inspired the hit television show The Deadliest Catch comes a thrilling true adventure tale in the Alaskan seas A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Se

  • Title: On the Edge of Survival: A Shipwreck, a Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a Legend
  • Author: Spike Walker
  • ISBN: 9780312286347
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the acclaimed author whose beloved books inspired the hit television show, The Deadliest Catch, comes a thrilling true adventure tale in the Alaskan seas A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Seattle, Washington to China ran aground off the coast of western Alaska s Aleutian Islands on December 8, 2004 during a brutal storm, leading to one of the most incredible CoasFrom the acclaimed author whose beloved books inspired the hit television show, The Deadliest Catch, comes a thrilling true adventure tale in the Alaskan seas A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Seattle, Washington to China ran aground off the coast of western Alaska s Aleutian Islands on December 8, 2004 during a brutal storm, leading to one of the most incredible Coast Guard rescue missions of all time.Two Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters lifted off immediately from Air Station Kodiak during the driving storm in an effort to rescue the ship s eighteen crew members before it broke apart and sank in the freezing waters Nine of the crew were lifted from the ship and dropped aboard a nearby Coast Guard cutter But during attempts to save the last eight crew members, one of the Jayhawks was engulfed by a rogue wave that broke over the bow of the ship When its engines flamed out from ingesting water, the Jayhawk crashed into the sea The seven crew members from the ship who had been hoisted into the aircraft, along with the chopper s three man crew, plunged into the bitterly cold ocean where hypothermia began to set in immediately.Interviewing all the surviving participants of the disaster and given access to documents and photos, acclaimed author Spike Walker has once again crafted a white knuckle read of survival and death in the unforgiving Alaskan waters.

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    • Wow this was one exciting book. I was kept on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Written by Spike Walker, who also brought us the books that inspired the highly popular television show "Deadliest Catch", this book does not disappoint. I've found that I like certain types of non-fiction books more than others and books about life on the sea are some of the best I've ever encountered. And the fact that this book is about events that took place in Alaska makes it even better. I'm sort of pa [...]



    • Couldn't put it down - a fascinating story and extremely well written. You would swear the author was there in the midst of the drama.


    • 3.5 It was a little hard keeping everyone straight, but this is another book that increases my appreciation for first responders and rescuers.


    • Quick, exciting read by the same guy who developed the series The Deadliest Catch. In December 2004, a cargo ship--the Selendang Aye--stalls and in rough seas off the cost of Alaska. The US Coast Guard scrambles to off load the crew of 18, but rogue wave crashes against the foundering ship and the spray takes out one of the HH-J60 helicopters with its crew of 3 and 10 passengers. All three crew members are plucked from the icy water by a second, waiting helicopter, HH-65B. But the captain and on [...]


    • Great true story:Walker mines familiar territory here with this detailed look into the grounding of a freighter on the Aleutian Islands in 2004. Through multiple interviews with the Coast Guard personnel involved, he provides a minute-by-minute account of the rescue mission that was compounded when a USCG helicopter was hit by a rogue wave, sending it into frigid waters. While readers will not find much nuance here and the dialogue sometimes falls into hyperbole, Deadliest Catch fans will apprec [...]


    • As much as I wanted to like this book, it didn't happen. It was a chore to finish. There were two things that made it difficult to like. First, Spike kept rehashing how dramatic the storm was from each of the 10 major characters viewpoint, which didn't add anything. It quickly became "Yea, yeah, I know the storm is scary." And then unfortunately his descriptions of each character left them flat on the paper, they didn't spring to life. I had to try and memorize a name with a job duty because he [...]


    • The rescue story is incredible, however the writing isn't. That isn't to say it is terrible, but many times I found an awkward sentence, or cliche, that took the energy out of the narrative. That being said, any story featuring waves large enough to knock helicopters out of the sky is worth a read. I do agree also with some other reviewers, that the author stretched this too much, I think the book could have been half the size and been much better. The crew featured in this book is outstanding a [...]


    • This is nonfiction of Malaysian-registered Panamax bulk cargo ship chartered by the IMC Group that ran aground off Unalaska Island in western Alaska's Aleutian Islands on 8 December 2004 after its engine failed and the rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard. It was a disaster that I confess to not knowing about. I enjoyed this quick audio. These pilots and the rescue swimmer did an extraordinary job of rescuing men who were not cooperative in the efforts and they all acknowledged that it was providence [...]


    • A fascinating edge of your seat rescue account that is extremely well written. Kudos to the author for a superior job using descriptive language to maintain the tightrope suspense throughout and make you feel a part of the action. You can almost feel the icy cold water, swirling snow, and looming cliffs. A++ He also provides just enough technical detail and definition so a reader without experience with boats or helicopters can visualize exactly what is happening without getting overly complicat [...]


    • I actually liked the drama that played out in this real life rescue story set on the Alaskan coastline. However, I felt that there simply wasn't enough material for a whole book and that the author had to do some stretching to make it long enough. It would have been better in a compilation of dramatic Coast Guard rescues. I felt like there was a lot of repetition and rehashing of the same sequences. Those men were real heroes that night and the conclusion was a page turner.


    • This book was riveting. The author brings you right into the situation and his narrative reads like a thriller. It gave me a real appreciation for how the service people of the Coast Guard put it on the line every day. That and the power of the sea and Mother Nature. This was a book that was very readable and hard to put down. If you enjoy this type of tale, I also recommend In Harm's Way, the story of the USS Indianapolis during WWII, by Doug Stanton.


    • Coast Guard = rock stars. Alaskan Coast Guard helo pilots = The Beatles.Page turning thriller. Amazing story of the crew rescue of an Indian freighter off Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Twenty saved, only six crew members lost. No Coast Guard personnel lost. The rescue swimmer stayed on deck of the storm tossed, sinking, split-in-half ship with the underdressed Captain for 3½ hours.


    • This was a very good book. I normally don't read nonfiction books, but this one was of a good story and the way the author described everything made it very interesting. I loved how this was based on a real story and felt like a real story but was still made to feel like a fiction book. The journey in this book was harrowing and unmatchable in books I have read before.


    • This is a very interesting rescue story about a cargo ship that is caught in an Alaskan storm out in the Aleutians. The Coast Guard guys are portrayed as very brave and competent. The crew on the cargo ship are less then cooperative, especially the captain, which endangers the life of his crew and the rescuers.


    • This wasn't quite as "on the edge" survival as I was thinking it was going to be. The story basically goes over a very heroic rescue out in the open seas of Alaska. It was definitely geared towards "boating" and there was a lot of technical language, but overall, the rescue truly is heroic and amazing.


    • I had a hard time getting into this book. It used a lot of vocabulary that I was not familiar with and that made it hard to follow the story. But by the time they started lifting people off the boat I was hooked and had to finish. Amazing story!


    • Spike Walker doesn't disappoint with this harrowing tale. I literally could not put it down and read it in a single evening. My only regret is that I bought the Kindle edition. I'd really like to share this book with my fellow seafarers.


    • Great story, other reviews critique the writing as being awkward in places and needing work and I wholeheartedly agree. Please don't let that dissuade you (if you can) the story is interesting, exciting, and amazing.


    • Terrific story of rescue under the worst of conditions. Highly recommend this to anyone interested in ships, the seas, true stories of remarkable people.






    • If you have been to sea, have known the water in any way, you will read cover to cover very quickly and miss the excitement when it is over.


    • The story is amazing, the writing, not as amazing. Add to that a less than inspired narration, since I listened to this book, and I can't give it more than 3 stars. Should have been a 5 star story .





    • I liked this. The beginning seemed to have a lot of background info that I didn't feel was needed and made it a little slow but part way through it really picked up and was a compelling book.


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