This book reads like a thriller novel, but it's all well-documented and tied together. Glover and Smith have produced an outstanding account of the Virginia Company's efforts to raise a colony in Virginia, centered around the rescue mission launched in 1609. This book brings together all the stories and events that led up to the Sea Venture's mission, with the leaders and crews attempts to reach Virginia following their survival through a fierce early-season 5 day Atlantic Ocean Hurricane. The characters involved in the Virginia Company's efforts jump off the page. The authors have managed to avoid hyperbole while bringing the amazing story of the Sea Venture's role in turning the course of history out in all it's detail. I loved this book, and wish I had obtained a copy while it was in hardcover edition.