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In April 2013, 50-year-old Brett Archibald was onboard a surf-charter boat, making a nighttime crossing of the remote Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia. In the middle of a storm, ill with severe food poisoning, he blacked out. When he came to, he found himself in the raging sea, 60 miles from shore. As Brett saw the lights of his boat disappearing into the darkness, it became clear that no one had seen him fall and that no one would hear his shouts for help. He was alone in the ocean.
It would be eight hours before his friends realized he was missing. At that point, a frantic search began for a single man somewhere in thousands of square miles of heaving waves. The rough weather meant that no planes or helicopters could assist in the search. According to the experts, he should have died within 10 to 14hours.
Instead, Brett battled Portuguese man o' war and jellyfish, sharks, seagulls, and the stormy seas for more than 28 hours. Alone is the remarkable tale of his miraculous survival and rescue. It is also the story of what it takes to defy extraordinary odds and the incredible power of the human spirit.
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By Tina on 11-09-17
Very LONG Winded!!
Here's the thing, its without question that what Brett went through was horrific, and terrifying, the sure mental & psychical strength is astounding. I couldn't imagine being faced with such a test and this man has my utmost respect. I understand wanting to write the story for your children, and I'm sure its something they will cherish always. Now as far as your readers, all the people in the world that don't no you or have any ties to anyone in the story, it was really hard to follow at times and there were instances that were really confusing, especially with so many names to keep track of and remember, it was very long winded and a little weird that you referred to yourself back and forth in the first & third person. Its Honestly not a very good book and I found myself quite bored and my mind wandering ALOT, but even though its not a good book doesn't mean it isn't a great story because this story is very powerful and I don't regret reading it at all.
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