On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the deadliest American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now.
Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson’s increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.
A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT
INTO THE RAGING SEA
"A Perfect Storm for a new generation, Rachel Slade's Into the Raging Sea is a masterful page-turning account of the El Faro's sinking, one that leaves you profoundly moved by the crew's dedication and grit, and infuriated at the disturbing conditions that led to this tragedy." —Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook
"With gripping prose and edge-of-the-seat momentum, Rachel Slade takes the reader aboard the final, fatal voyage of El Faro. Into the Raging Sea imparts a profound message about the power of nature and the fallibility of human judgement even in our digitized era." —Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire
"Rachel Slade's bracing Into the Raging Sea is a story as old as seafaring itself. Only Slade isn't guessing here at the fate of the El Faro. This minute-by-minute account illustrates in chilling detail exactly what happens when the near-infinite might of the ocean plows broadside into the hubris of men." —Brantley Hargrove, author of The Man Who Caught the Storm
"An extraordinary piece of reporting. I tore through it like a novel but with the inside knowledge of how insulated the shipping industry is, how well it protects its secrets, and of the countless nets it deploys to entangle journalists. Slade pushes through the waves, heavy seas, and military court imbroglio in the same way the El Faro faced hurricane Joaquin: dead on at Full Speed Ahead." —John Konrad, editor of GCaptain and author of Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story Of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
“Rachel Slade mashes up The Perfect Storm with a suspenseful, page-turning thriller, cutting through the corporate double-speak to shine a light on how it was that thirty-three men and women sailed into Hurricane Joaquin. Superbly written, this deserves a place on the bookshelf of modern maritime classics. Even those who have followed El Faro closely will find major surprises here.” —Robert Frump, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Until the Sea Shall Free Them: Life, Death, and Survival in the Merchant Marine
"Rachel Slade's Into the Raging Sea made me miss my subway stop and cancel at least one appointment. It's a gripping, moving account of a nautical tragedy, told with equal parts verve, gusto, and compassion. Don't miss it." —Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World
"This well-crafted and gripping account...frames the tragedy with a meticulous review of all the ways in which it could have been avoided...This is a painful and poignant narrative." —Publishers Weekly (starred)
"A riveting sea story of disaster and death. Many readers will likely leave it at that, but Into the Raging Sea is so much more. It speaks to the struggles and challenges faced by all mariners making a living on the sea, and the impact our society has on people when it makes cold, detached decisions and laws based solely on economics and return on investment." —Michael Carr, book review in GCaptain
For inquiries regarding Into the Raging Sea, please contact Ashley Garland at Ecco/HarperCollins. ASHLEY.GARLAND@HARPERCOLLINS.COM.