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Posted March 8, 2013
I remember when the Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy. I remember seeing the picture of the liner laying on its side in the water. I remember being stunned that a ship that size would sink in today's world. But as I am not an avid news watcher, I never paid that much attention to the details of the disaster. I heard vague reports of either alcohol or drug use by the captain or the helmsman...or whoever drives one of those cruise liners. I won this book in a First Reads giveaway and had it for a couple of weeks before I got around to starting it. Once I did the pages just flew. Benji Smith gives an account of the disaster from a passenger's viewpoint in clear and concise language. I felt like I was there with passengers as they struggled to escape the sinking vessel. I breathed a sigh of relief when they finally were off the side of the ship and into a rescue boat.
But then a strange thing happened. The book kept going and I discovered that the sinking cruise liner was only the beginning of the troubles for Benji and his new bride Emily. The rest of the book is the true heart of the story. What came after was an odyssey of indifference and annoyance from the very people that are supposed to help when a tragedy occurs. I'm sorry that Benji and Emily had to go through what they did, but by telling their story perhaps changes will be made. Maybe we'll start to hold people accountable for their lack of humanity. Maybe I'm just an optimist and you can't fight the system, but I believe if enough people hear this story then change is possible. I wish everyone could read this book.
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Posted January 29, 2014
This book was a big disappointment and not very professionally written. I am very sorry I purchased it. These authors seem quite self
involved and are trying to make some money off a tragic event. I wonder about the accuracy of the some of the events they write about.
Posted March 2, 2014
This book is a suffering recount of the Concordia sinking and how it deeply affected passengers. The book was well written and easy to follow. Its message clearly records the gross negligence of crew members and the hardship experiences during the emergency evacuation of this enormous sinking ship. It is a riveting account.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.