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I found this book to be compelling and full of the very real drama on the Deepwater Horizon. The author is knowledgeable and knew many of the people on the Horizon personally. The story is rich with first-person accounts of the history of the rig from its construction right through the disaster
What I appreciate most about the book is that the authors kept emotion, conjecture, and conclusions out of it, and simply told the story of what happened. There is plenty of drama, however, and the book is anything but dry. In fact, it is so compelling I can hardly put it up. I appreciate hearing the human story and the technology of the deep water drilling rigs with the dramatic story of the blowout and the abandonment of the rig.
Well Done! And also well read by Sean Pratt! An excellent book.
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I read this because I was curious about the physical causes and human factors which led to the tragedy. I was skeptical that I could find a book that was not trying to beat a political drum, either to condemn fossil fuel consumption or to glorify it. This book delivered. It seems to be a balanced, objective account of what happened. The similarities between operations on a rig and the building of spacecraft (my profession) were striking. The utter complexities involved in engineering achievements on a large scale and the seemingly unwinnable battle over human complacency mark both industries. The key difference has to be that the workers on a rig are personally exposed to considerable daily danger, while spacecraft builders, aside from a few key operations involving highly toxic and flammable propellants, are unlikely to deal with life threatening situations on the job.
"Fire on the Horizon" does a great job of building up a litany of mundane and everyday events, which insidiously conspired basically through chance to lead to the disaster. It does not take much imagination to transport yourself to that rig in the days and hours leading up to the blowout and wonder if there is anything you could have done differently had you been there.