Edgar Harrell is a survivor. He would have to be to come out alive after going though the ordeal that he did. As a marine aboard the USS Indianapolis‘ last voyage Harrell experienced firsthand the hellish aftermath of the ship’s sinking the resulted in the loss of over 800 lives. From the burning decks of the Indy to the shark-infested waters filled with raving humanity Harrell takes readers into the struggling mass of humanity into the Pacific.
Almost everyone has heard the story of the USS Indianapolis that was sunk by a Japanese submarine. Oftentimes the number of those who died in the sinking and in the aftermath while being stranded at sea for days becomes a mere statistic. Not so with Out of the Depths. In his heartbreaking account Mr. Harrell shows readers both how hopeless it was to be stranded at sea and watch brothers in arms die by gruesome deaths while also giving his personal account and how his faith got him through the worst of it. This is a must-have book for both maritime enthusiasts and also for those who are looking for a book that doesn’t seek to make the whole disaster so, so utterly depressing. Because although it was a truly horrific thing for anyone to have to go through and those that died as well as survived will always be remembered one marine shows us that not all was lost.
In closing I would like to note that there were some things I wasn’t sure I agreed with but overall it is well worth a read. All too often authors seek to dwell on only the very worst of the event making for very heavy reading (not that I have anything against that; it was a true catastrophe), and it was good to see a book released that allowed a bit of hope into the pages.
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