On the Edge of Survival
Walker mines familiar territory here with this detailed look into the grounding of a freighter on the Aleutian Islands in 2004. Through multiple interviews with the Coast Guard personnel involved, he provides a minute-by-minute account of the rescue mission that was compounded when a USCG helicopter was hit by a rogue wave, sending it into frigid waters. While readers will not find much nuance here and the dialogue sometimes falls into hyperbole, Deadliest Catch fans will appreciate hearing more about Alaska's dangerous environment, and there is plenty of tense human drama for even the most hardened disaster epic fan. An epilogue provides a welcome and emotional follow-up to what happened to the major players involved and how the tragedy has affected their lives (which may surprise some). Walker is very good at giving his readers exactly what they want, while making it look effortless in the process. His previous success at uncovering new tales of man against the elements will only be reinforced with the release of this title.