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At the Mercy of the Sea

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< p> & #8220; The tale of Carl Wake and the hurricane that was waiting for him goes straight to the heart of the greatest sea stories: they are not about man against the sea, but man against himself. John Kretschmer& #8217; s book is as perfectly shaped and flawlessly written as such a story can be. In addition to being the best depiction I have ever read of what it is like to be inside a hurricane at sea, At the Mercy of the Sea is as moving a story of a man& #8217; s failure and redemption as can be found anywhere in the literature of the sea. This book is surely destined to become a classic.& #8221; & #8212; Peter Nichols, author of < i> Sea Change< /i> and < i> A Voyage for Madmen< /i> < p> & #8220; John Kretschmer has transformed this story of three men on a collision course with a hurricane into a modern seafaring classic.& #8221; & #8212; Peter Nielsen, editor of < i> SAIL< /i> magazine < p> & #8220; John Kretschmer& #8217; s account of three fellow captains whose lives converge in one of history& #8217; s most erratic hurricanes builds like the storm itself. Detail after detail reveals the sailors& #8217; personal histories, their foibles, their goals, and finally their tragic miscalculations. With expert analysis and taut writing, he draws readers into that mad storm. You can& #8217; t turn away. You keep reading until it breaks your heart.& #8221; & #8212; Fred Grimm, columnist for the < i> Miami Herald< /i> < p> & #8220; John Kretschmer is a first-class seaman who is also a fine writer. Once begun, his vivid and powerful narrative is impossible to put down.& #8221; & #8212; Derek Lundy, author of < i> Godforsaken Sea< /i> and < i> The Way of a Ship< /i> < p> & #8220; < i> At the Mercy of the Sea< /i> kept me plunging ahead to the tragic end and left me feeling humbled and lucky to be alive. I felt I knew Carl Wake, because John Kretschmer found in him an archetype& #8212; an aging sailor with an age-old dream.& #8221; & #8212; Jim Carrier, transatlantic sailor and author of < i> The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome< /i> < p> & #8220; Gathering his tools as a loyal friend, a master mariner, and a natural storyteller, John Kretschmer has crafted an unforgettable tale of high-seas adventure, salvation, and loss. A remarkable book, impossible to put down.& #8221; & #8212; Herb McCormick, sailing journalist

Synopsis:

&#8220; Kretschmer is more than just a sailing captain, he&#8217; s a compelling storyteller whose newest book is winning raves from landlubbers as well as sailing enthusiasts.&#8221; <BR> --"Miami Herald"
&#8220; A fast-paced, moving story of a disaster at sea.&#8221; <BR> --"Booklist"
&#8220; To say this is a page-turner is a massive understatement.&#8221; <BR> --"Southern Boating"
"At the Mercy of the Sea" retraces the journeys of three lone sailors swept up by a monster hurricane that confounds all predictions.

Synopsis:

The tale of Carl Wake and the hurricane that was waiting for him goes straight to the heart of the greatest sea stories: they are not about man against the sea, but man against himself. John Kretschmer's book is as perfectly shaped and flawlessly written as such a story can be. In addition to being the best depiction I have ever read of what it is like to be inside a hurricane at sea, At the Mercy of the Sea is as moving a story of a man's failure and redemption as can be found anywhere in the literature of the sea. This book is surely destined to become a classic.--Peter Nichols, author of Sea Change and A Voyage for Madmen

John Kretschmer has transformed this story of three men on a collision course with a hurricane into a modern seafaring classic.--Peter Nielsen, editor of SAIL magazine

With expert analysis and taut writing, he draws readers into that mad storm. You can't turn away. You keep reading until it breaks your heart.--Fred Grimm, columnist for the Miami Herald

Once begun, his vivid and powerful narrative is impossible to put down.--Derek Lundy, author of Godforsaken Sea and The Way of a Ship

I felt I knew Carl Wake, because John Kretschmer found in him an archetype--an aging sailor with an age-old dream.--Jim Carrier, transatlantic sailor and author of The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome

A remarkable book, impossible to put down.--Herb McCormick, sailing journalist

About the Author

John Kretschmer, a professional sailor and writer, has logged more than 200,000 offshore sailing miles, including 15 transatlantic and two transpacific passages. He is longtime contributing editor to Sailing magazine, a sailing/travel columnist for the Miami Herald, and writes regularly for Southern Boating and Cruising World. He has weathered several storms at sea, and teaches aspiring bluewater voyagers in seminars, lectures, and training voyages. John lives aboard a 47-foot cutter in Florida. He and his student Carl Wake, the subject of this book, were close friends.Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071498876
Author:
Kretschmer, John
Publisher:
International Marine Publishing
Subject:
Sailing - General
Subject:
Sailing
Subject:
Carl Wake, hurricane, caribbean
Subject:
Nautical-Sailing
Copyright:
Publication Date:
August 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
223
Dimensions:
8.70x5.84x.68 in. .71 lbs.

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Transportation » Nautical » Boats » Boating
Transportation » Nautical » Nautical Lore
Transportation » Nautical » Sailing

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Product details 223 pages International Marine Publishing - English 9780071498876 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , &#8220; Kretschmer is more than just a sailing captain, he&#8217; s a compelling storyteller whose newest book is winning raves from landlubbers as well as sailing enthusiasts.&#8221; <BR> --"Miami Herald"
&#8220; A fast-paced, moving story of a disaster at sea.&#8221; <BR> --"Booklist"
&#8220; To say this is a page-turner is a massive understatement.&#8221; <BR> --"Southern Boating"
"At the Mercy of the Sea" retraces the journeys of three lone sailors swept up by a monster hurricane that confounds all predictions.
"Synopsis" by , The tale of Carl Wake and the hurricane that was waiting for him goes straight to the heart of the greatest sea stories: they are not about man against the sea, but man against himself. John Kretschmer's book is as perfectly shaped and flawlessly written as such a story can be. In addition to being the best depiction I have ever read of what it is like to be inside a hurricane at sea, At the Mercy of the Sea is as moving a story of a man's failure and redemption as can be found anywhere in the literature of the sea. This book is surely destined to become a classic.--Peter Nichols, author of Sea Change and A Voyage for Madmen

John Kretschmer has transformed this story of three men on a collision course with a hurricane into a modern seafaring classic.--Peter Nielsen, editor of SAIL magazine

With expert analysis and taut writing, he draws readers into that mad storm. You can't turn away. You keep reading until it breaks your heart.--Fred Grimm, columnist for the Miami Herald

Once begun, his vivid and powerful narrative is impossible to put down.--Derek Lundy, author of Godforsaken Sea and The Way of a Ship

I felt I knew Carl Wake, because John Kretschmer found in him an archetype--an aging sailor with an age-old dream.--Jim Carrier, transatlantic sailor and author of The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome

A remarkable book, impossible to put down.--Herb McCormick, sailing journalist

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