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Nobscot Meeting 2021 via Zoom
April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nobscot Meeting 2021 via Zoom
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Time: 7:00 PM
To join meeting via zoom : email Dave.Danehy@NEMoves.com
Presenter: Michael Tougias
Review of his book: Storm Too Soon
Michael will give a slide presentation on his book, A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and Incredible Rescue. This dramatic story was featured on ABC Television’s 20/20!
Tougias, a NY Times Bestselling author and coauthor of 30 books, will chronicle how seventy foot waves batter a tattered life raft 250 miles out to sea in one of the world’s
most dangerous places, the Gulf Stream. Hanging onto the raft are three men, a Canadian, a Brit, and their captain, JP DeLutz, a dual citizen of America and France. The waves
repeatedly toss the men out of their tiny vessel, and JP, with 9 broken ribs, is hypothermic and on the verge of death. The captain, however, is a tough minded character, having survived a sadistic, physically abusive father during his boyhood, and now he’s got to rely on those same
inner resources to outlast the storm.
Trying to reach these survivors before it’s too late are four Coast Guardsmen battling
hurricane force winds in their Jayhawk helicopter. They know the waves in Gulf Stream
will be extreme, but when they arrive they are astounded to find crashing seas of seventy
feet, with some waves topping eighty feet. To lower the helicopter and then drop a rescue
swimmer into such chaos is a high risk proposition. The pilots wonder if they have a
realistic chance of saving the sailors clinging to the broken life raft, and if they will be able
to retrieve their own rescue swimmer from the towering seas. Once they commit to the
rescue, they find themselves in almost as much trouble as the survivors, facing several
life and death decisions.
Three other vessels with 10 people aboard were caught in the storm, and only 6 survived.
Four Rhode Islanders perished on the sailboat Flying Colours. This 2007 disaster prompted
one of the largest and most intense rescue in Coast Guard history.
Author Michael Tougias will use slides of the storm, the survivors, and the rescue.
Amazingly the Coast Guard helicopter crew photographed the men in the raft being
pounded by towering waves.
“I enjoy doing these programs,” says Tougias, “because I like to transport the audience
into the heart of the storm so that they ask themselves ‘what would I have done.’ I don’t
like to do author readings because I think they are boring, but with a slide presentation,
the viewer can visually relive the adventure. It’s like watching a movie with the author
giving behind the scene details.
Speaker: Mike Tougias
Speaker’s website: http://www.michaeltougias.com
Tougias, known for his fast paced writing style and character-driven stories, tells
this true saga in the present tense to give the reader an “edge of your seat, you
are there” experience. Kirkus Book Reviews had this to say about A Storm Too
Soon: “By depicting the event from the perspective of both the rescued and the
rescuers and focusing only on key moments and details, Tougias creates a
suspenseful, tautly rendered story that leaves readers breathless but wellsatisfied. Heart-pounding action for the avid armchair adventurer.”
Michael J. Tougias is an award-winning author of 30 books including several true
survival thrillers: Rescue of the Bounty, Fatal Forecast, Overboard!, Ten Hours
Until Dawn, and The Finest Hours). He has also written a book on an untold story
of the Cuban Missile Crisis Above & Beyond. Tougias has received the American
Library Association “Editors Choice” Award and the Independent Publishers “Best
Nature Book of the Year” award for his book There’s A Porcupine in My Outhouse.
Disney Studio’s has made a movie version of his book The Finest Hours. And his
most recent nature book is titled The Waters Between Us: A Boy, A Father,
Outdoor Misadventures and the Healing Power of Nature. He is a much sought
after lecturer and lives in Massachusetts and Florida.
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