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Publisher's Summary

A true story of men and women pitted against the sea during World War II - and an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.
On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey 50 miles away from New Orleans. Captained by 29-year-old Iron Cross recipient Erich Würdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with 59 souls onboard. Most of the crew were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family, consisting of the parents, Ray Sr. and Ina; along with their two children, eight-year-old Ray Jr., nicknamed "Sonny", and 11-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no notice that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, Ina and Lucille became separated from Ray Sr. and Sonny.
An inspiring historical narrative, So Close to Home tells the story of the Downs family as they struggled against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of this deadly attack off the American coast.
©2016 Michael J. Tougias (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Reader7347 on 03-08-18

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What did you love best about So Close to Home?

This book ranks among some of the best thrillers/intrigue novels, but being a work of non-fiction added even more punch to the story. Not only a story about a family's survival, but lots of associated history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of So Close to Home?

The recounting of the survivors of the Laconia sinking who were then rescued by the U-boats. How they were treated not as war time captors, but as fellow humans.

What about Elijah Alexander’s performance did you like?

The narrator did an excellent job. A perfect blend of facts, emotion, and sincerity.

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