Reviews for So Close To Home

The Washington Independent Review of Books had this assessment:

So Close to Home offers a harrowing adventure story at sea, a surprising recovery of frightening historical material that had been shrouded in obscurity, and an unexpected, humanizing look at the enemies — the U-boat commanders — who turn out to be quite different from the conventional Nazi monsters of most WWII representation.”


Feb. 14, 2016

“. . . a gripping tale of family bonding and fortitude in the face of disaster.” — authorlink

“[The authors] recount the true story of an ordinary family’s ordeal using first-hand accounts, newspaper reports and official records of the time. The German side of the story is also told in a manner sympathetic to the commanders and crews who suffered in service to their country’s flawed cause. This book is a gripping tale of family bonding and fortitude in the face of disaster. Recommended for any student of human nature in adversity.”

Reviews for Rescue of the Bounty


Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

“…the authors offer a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of the captain, crediting his compassionate manner and the respect and loyalty he inspired. Finally, they devote a thrilling portion of their narrative to the courageous Coast Guard rescue and swimmers who headed straight into Hurricane Sandy.

A taut recounting of a needless maritime tragedy.”

Click here to read more from Kirkus Reviews



New book examines sinking of tall ship Bounty

By John Ruddy

When the tall ship Bounty sank in Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 after sailing from New London, there was shock and grief for the two lives lost, but also a perplexing question.

How could it have happened?

But “Rescue of the Bounty” also attempts to answer that haunting question. The result is a tale that succeeds both as a high-seas adventure and as a psychological portrait of Bounty’s ill-fated captain, Robin Walbridge, whose body was never found.

Click here to read the entire review from the The Day, New London CT


Schooner Bounty’s sinking is latest tale of maritime disaster for Mass. author




On Oct. 25, 2012, the three-masted schooner Bounty, a replica of the famous HMS Bounty of “Mutiny” fame, was docked in New London.

Ship captain Robin Walbridge gathered his 15-person crew and announced the ship would sail to a planned winter berth in St. Petersburg, Fla., despite the looming threat of a hurricane targeting the East Coast.

Anyone who wanted to leave the ship, he said, could do so with no hard feelings. There was no mutiny on this Bounty, the replica ship built for the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty.” Everyone stayed.

The book describes Walbridge as quiet, but headstrong and determined. He had managed to sail successfully in hurricanes before, and had confidence in his abilities.

Campbell called Walbridge “an intelligent, driven man who was, in the end, trapped by his own success, almost universally unquestioned, and, perhaps as a result, unaccustomed to being challenged.”

Tougias called Walbridge “a fascinating character,” but he has tremendous admiration for the pilots and rescue swimmers of the Coast Guard, who saved 14 of the 16 people on board the Bounty.

Click here to read the whole story from the Providence Journal, Providence RI


Book review (nonfiction): Rescue of the Bounty

Death and destruction as a historic vessel meets its end

BY DOUG CHILDERS Special correspondent

Tougias and Campbell build tension slowly and methodically in “Rescue of the Bounty,” taking time to explore Walbridge’s back story as a means to understanding why he chose the course he took when faced with Sandy.

It’s a sound strategy that pays off when they reach the storm itself. Then, the book becomes a white-knuckled, tragic adventure experienced by recognizable and sympathetic figures.

From the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch


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