July 30, 1945 - The USS Indianapolis and its 1,196-man crew is making its way toward a small island in the South Pacific. The ship is sailing unescorted, assured by headquarters the waters are safe. It is midnight, and Marine Edgar Harrell and several others have sacked out on deck rather than spend the night in their hot and muggy quarters below. Fresh off a top-secret mission to deliver uranium for the atomic bombs that would ultimately end World War II, they are unaware their ship is being watched. Minutes later, six torpedoes are slicing toward the Indy.
For five horrifying days and nights after their ship went down, Harrell and his shipmates had to fend for themselves in the open seas. Plagued by dehydration, exposure, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks, their numbers were cruelly depleted before they were miraculously rescued. This is one man's story of courage, ingenuity, and faith in God's providence in the midst of the worst naval disaster in US history.
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Not a bad account
Probably not. The story is a little choppy. Too many religious tangents. Yes, I am a very religious person, but this book is pretty stilted in trying to mix the story with religion. Unbroken achieves this well, this book did not.
Human courage on display.
- Thomas J. Tague
You won't want to hit pause!
The story of courage and faith is truly inspirational. This first-hand account of the chilling story of the USS Indianapolis is a thriller that also points towards faith in God.
There were several moments I found myself holding my breath along with the author as he accounted the rising waves and the circling sharks. A great first-hand account.
He read it convincingly
Surviving the countless perils of the open water
I would have loved to have had different vocal inflections when Eric Martin got to the quotes in the book from other survivors.