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Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Great great great book

I liked it

posted by 11443468 on January 3, 2012

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Left For Dead book review


I chose a book called Left For Dead by the author Pete Nelson. It includes
unique personality and style. However, it is a terrible read in my opinion.
The main characters don't really ...
Left For Dead book review


I chose a book called Left For Dead by the author Pete Nelson. It includes
unique personality and style. However, it is a terrible read in my opinion.
The main characters don't really appear until the latest part in the book. Senator bob smith, rep Scarborough, Kimo Mcvay, Capt. Mcvay, the survivors (McCoy, twimble, kuryla, mcguiggan, miner), admiral Donald Pilling (the antagonist) and Hunter Scott make up the list of important figures. The first few chapters are composed of monotonic facts and primarily useless information. They describe the outline of the war and the current situation of the "U.S.S. Indianapolis" as it travels from one place to another in the Pacific Ocean. The only part that I mildly enjoyed came about in chapter 6 when the sinking of the ship is described. The days following are told from survivors' stories, and are slightly interesting, but made
boring after a while.
The fun ends at chapter 9 as Pete Nelson looks into why the Indianapolis wasn't properly prepared and why Captain Charles B. Mcvay (ship commander) was blamed and court marshaled. Here is when the main conflict is truly introduced. The captain of the U.S.S. Indianapolis was wrongfully accused of neglecting his duties and causing the vessel to be torpedoed and sunk. The conflict is resolved by the navy clearing the name of captain Mcvay.

All of the survivors play large roles in testimonies and personal accounts for the court marshal of captain Mcvay. Essentially, they are motivated, inspired, and determined. Sen. Bob Smith acted as the main force behind the effort to redeem the captain. Words to describe him would be vigorous, intelligent, insightful, and compelling. Captain Mcvay himself is the one who inspired the crusade to clear him after his suicide in 1968. Hunter Scott is an ambitious 11-year old who brought the subject of the court marshal back into light. Throughout the story, he changes from a curious little boy to a teenager. Kimo Mcvay is the son of cap. Charles Mcvay and supports Hunter Scott on his way to Washington D.C. He is energetic yet serious. Representative Scarborough is a long time Mcvay supporter who aided Hunter Scott in his crusade. Finally, admiral Don Pilling, vice director of the U.S. navy is the man who opposes all of the protagonists that I have mentioned. He is described as calculating and adamant.

Compared to the book Hatchet, everything in Left For Dead is very different. The style is factual and the characters are plainly described. The plot in Left For Dead is the classic story-rising actions-climax-resolution, whereas Hatchet builds and builds until the resolution in the end.

My opinion on this book should have been very recognizable in the paragraphs above. Reading it was a pain and a chore, and I dislike it very much. I didn't actually enjoy anything except the recreation of the sinking, for everything else was unappealing, unexciting, and useless. What makes this book unique is its abundance of information. A good majority of the sentences have at least one fact or date in them. My advice to the author - don't leave out the story when writing. Without any entertainment, the reader could literally fall asleep while reading your book. I know this from experience. I would definitely not recommend this book to anyone else. In fact, I would advise against it.

posted by doingthisforschool on February 27, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Great great great book

    I liked it

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2007

    Very, Very Good!

    This, in my personal opinion, was one of the best books I've ever read! It really gave me a great insight as to what happened in the final hours of the Indianapolis's voyage and the occurances afterwards. If you area WWII fanatic like me, I suggest that you read this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2006

    i liked it

    on the inndionapolis ship in 1945 during the world war 2 it was a good book to read, one of my favorite time periods there was attacking of Pearl Harbor,hunter scott, atomic bombs being delivered,life on the boat, attacking viliages, surviving in the ocean and many more it was a awesome book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Amazingly Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I could not put it down!!!!!!!!"""

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Awesom

    Coolest book ever

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Artemis

    Waits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Great book

    This book is an awsome book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Awsime

    I gust fineshed it is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Very interesting and informative book. Really makes you appreciate our men and women in uniform especially during WWII.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Left dead

    It is so good i am reading it every day how good it is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    Great Book!

    The novel Left For Dead by Pete Nelson is a very good book. It is a story not only of survival and the fight for justice, but also a story of courage in the face of adversity. When the Indianapolis when down on July 30, 1945, nearly nine-hundred men were stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for five days, mainly due to errors by the Navy. When the men were finally found and rescued, just over 300 were left, and then the Navy made another critical mistake, serving an injustice to the captain of the ship by court-martialing him. It took over fifty years and the work of many men, including a young man named Hunter Scott who led the charge, to finally fix this wrongdoing on the part of the Navy. It is a great book, and it should be read by everyone, especially if you want to know the whole story of the USS Indianapolis and what happened in those shark-infested waters. Pete Nelson did a wonderful job telling the story of these brave men and their fight for survival.

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