Monday, April 28, 2014

Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell USMC with David Harrell

This book was given to me by Bethany House for the express purpose of reading it and writing a review about it.

This book gets a thumbs up from me.  It was an edge of the seat gripping story.  Obviously because Edgar was the one writing the book from a first-hand experience, you knew he survived, but what he went through and still survived is nothing short of a miracle.

He was aboard the USS Indianapolis when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during World War 11.  Within minutes the ship had sunk and the 1000+ people aboard the ship had either already died or were left to survive in the ocean.  This whole catastrophe was especially sad because it seemed somewhat preventable.  Higher intelligence realized that the waters they were sailing through was enemy territory, but because they didn't want the Japanese to realize they had broken their code, they refused to have a destroyer ship accompany the USS Indianapolis.

They also didn't have a plan in place for what happens when a ship fails to show up, so nobody missed the USS Indianapolis when it didn't arrive at its designated location on time.  The men lived in the ocean for over three days with nothing to eat and drink. The ship was attacked on July 29 at midnight and rescue began August 2 in the evening and was finished on August 3.  They were found by a miracle.  Only a little over 300 people survived the awful tragedy.

They were in shark-infested waters and would lose people to shark attacks.  People would start hallucinating and break away from the groups and would never be seen again.  It was an awful experience.

The story was well-written and very interesting.  I would recommend it if you like a good read.

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