Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

Into the Raging Sea

“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 the bookshelf of modern maritime classics. Even those who have foll...

Details Into the Raging Sea

TitleInto the Raging Sea
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreNonfiction, History, Contemporary

Reviews Into the Raging Sea

  • Matt
    “Over the radio, [Captain Michael] Davidson told his crew to throw their rafts in the water and get off the ship. But how could they even walk out onto the deck in those winds, let alone deploy a life raft? Everything – people, rafts, life suits – would be whipped away by [Hurricane] Joaquin and into the waves, or thrown back against the ship’s steel hull to be crushed. The air was solid with salt and water. You couldn’t breathe out the...
  • Brenda Ayala
    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the varying events that caused the sinking of the El Faro.In short, the company TOTE fucked over their crew by having out of date software and hardware.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 ...
  • David V.
    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...
  • Zachary
    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
    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 st...
  • Patrick SG
    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 sh...
  • Lianne
    A compelling true story of the sinking of the container ship, El Faro, during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015 with all 33 hands on board. We are able to glean much of what happened, not only from the voice recorder which was recovered at great cost and time on the bottom of the ocean, but from communications from the ship leading up to the sinking and an investigation led by the US Coast Guard and NTSB. It is the story of corporate greed by a s...
  • Freeman Fridie
    So much more than a "lost at sea tale". Takes you into a world most of us know nothing about. Book of the year for me so far. Read it.
  • Sharon
    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
    2018-05-15 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...
  • Eric
    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 ...
  • David
    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 chap...
  • Kathleen Perkins
    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 accompany...
  • Craig
    A fascinating story. I'm just not thrilled with the way it was told. The author is far from objective in her reporting. It is clear she believes the shipping company was to blame in this tragedy. So the question: Is this a fact-based documentary or an editorial? And there is a bit too much license taken in some spots. We're told that the crew's conversations are often hard to decipher. Yet along with their words (accuracy of which is not disputed...
  • Rita Ciresi
    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...
  • Jeff
    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 ni...
  • Martin
    This was a very difficult book to read. The book was reviewed as a thriller about the sinking of a container ship in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Joaquin with a loss of 33 lives. It had some thriller elements but it had a bit too much technical information about the ship, the weather forecasting, the maritime company that was indifferent to the loss of the ship etc. This bogged down the compelling narrative of the ships loss and a tyrannic...
  • John
    What a good book this is. Rachel Slade takes the reader right on to the El Faro and into the minds of the 33 crew members, their bosses, their families and into the minds of the people who looked for and found the ship. For me the book read like a good fiction novel, except that it was not. How could a 970 foot container ship completely disappear with all hands on board? What was amazing to think about was that all the dialogue in the book from t...
  • John
    I'm a former merchant marine engineering officer and just finished reading Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro. I found it to be quite a well written book. It is unfortunate that the subject had to be the needless death of 33 mariners. When all was said and done, a summary question might be "how many mistakes does it take to sink a ship?" Kudo's to the author for doing surprisingly well writing th...
  • Melissa
    Much of what I heard about this book touted the availability of a transcript made from a "black box" recording from the ship that the author was able to use. So, she did not have to guess about dialogue on the bridge prior to the tragedy. But I feel like there were other areas where she would have been better letting the facts speak for themselves: parts of the book dealing with politics and with the emotions presumably felt by crew members. I ke...
  • Lisa M Friesen
    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...
  • Pam Cipkowski
    A thrilling, heart-stopping, on the edge of your seat account of the deadliest American maritime disaster since World War II. More engrossing than any Clive Cussler/Tom Clancy-like pulp thriller. Rachel Slade deftly and expertly recounts the tale of container ship El Faro’s heartbreaking final journey that took her into the eye of Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. A contender for Book of the Year. You won’t be able to put this one down.
  • Amy Kolczak
    The "story" is compelling and worth reading - I would liken the telling of the core story to be like Radium Girls. However, the author strays frequently to other topics, politicizing many of them. Even as someone who likely shares similar views as the author, I found these rabbit pursuits to be distracting from the core event.
  • Susan
    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.
  • Peter L
    Into the Raging Sea: An Account of America’s Greatest Maritime Disaster Since WWj2A full and complete factual account of how 33 souls lost their lives in a hurricane that could have been avoided. The factual account on both the sailers on board as well as the ship that sunk, is riveting. Background information is provided for all concerned.
  • Stefan Preston
    Fascinating True StoryThis 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.
  • Koen
    Fascinating and gripping read about the tragic sinking of American merchant ship El Faro.A disaster which shouldn't have happened but did. Thirty-three souls who should haven been alive still today.A sobering insight into the corporate world (of shipping) and disregard for it's employees.
  • Ira
    Compelling & HeartbreakingA 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.
  • Onceinabluemoon
    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
    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