It was 2:00 a.m. on Easter morning, March 23, 2008, when the fishing trawler Alaska Ranger began taking on water in Alaska’s Bering Sea. By 4:30 a.m. all 47 people on board had abandoned ship. More than half failed to make it into a life raft. Bobbing in the darkness, many of the fishermen watched as the 184-foot steel-hulled boat plunged down into the sea, and disappeared beneath the icy waves.
Deadliest Sea recounts the harrowing ordeal of the men who survived the Alaska Ranger disaster—and pays tribute to the courage, tenacity, and skill of dedicated rescuers who risk their own lives so that others may live.


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I’ll be reading at the Navy Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in August. The event is part of their noon-time “Authors on Deck” series, which features a wide variety of authors and books about military history.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2011:
I expect to see a lot of familiar faces when I read at the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club in my hometown of Gilford, New Hampshire. The event starts at 6:30 and I can only assume that there’ll be beer.

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