Top positive review
historical weather analysis and an amazing amount of large vessel engineering data
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2018
Stories about maritime disasters, airline crashes and similar topics are rarely on my reading list. As a cruising sailor with a lifelong career as an airline pilot I’ve observed that authors and screenwriters rarely get it right in highly specialized and mostly closed fields where much of the reading public has almost no first-hand experience.
But George M.Foy set the hook with his previous title, “Finding North”, a very personal, well researched and thoroughly fascinating treatment of the navigational imperative that affects us all. Especially significant to me are his treatment of GPS and what he calls, “Cybernav”— automated navigation systems—how they affect us and at what cost?
With “Run The Storm” Foy reels me right in. This is anything but your ordinary disaster story. His impressively detailed research uncovers the chain of events that conspired as they usually do, to culminate in the finally unavoidable accident while rarely if ever interjecting the author into the story. He relies on factual data, interviews with credible sources, recorded data, historical weather analysis and an amazing amount of large vessel engineering data, yet the human side shines through in ways that range from ordinary to incredible. And it is, in the end, a story of the human spirit, and human failure on many levels. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigational results give us their probable cause assessments, but Foy’s gradual un-layering of the details puts the reader in the terrifyingly omniscient position of knowing what’s coming and why, but being unable to shout through the pages to the crew, and the National Weather Service, and the shipping company, to Do Something To Break This Chain!
With this work, George M. Foy has also exposed a theme common wherever the conflict between corporate profit and safety clash; the pressure either expressed or implied to serve the bottom line first, the potential for inappropriate compromise and the price to be paid for lack of aggressive independent oversight, all themes that are compelling and common as waves on the sea. A great read by a first class author.
Captain D. Burke Continental Airlines, (Ret)