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post #423 of Old 11-16-2011
Little Fish
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Sailing Into the Abyss

Is not about sailing as much as it is the merchant ship SS Badger State in 1969 carrying a load of bombs to resupply the Air Force in Vietnam.
Encountering heavy weather which caused an already wobbly ship to roll 45 degrees continually, the bombs in the cargo holds broke loose and wreaked havoc. Well written by William Benedetto, the story itself is engrossing, but I shook the book several times in the last half because he kept wandering away into other incidents (to pad a short story) and it was annoying as you really want to stay in the story. I had to skim those asides and pick them up after the finish. Still a good choice for a true story of courage, desperation, and rescue. See more reviews on amazon
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