Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell with David Harrell

From the publisher:
July 30, 1945--The USS Indianapolis and its 1,196-man crew is making its way toward a small island in the South Pacific. The ship is sailing unescorted, assured by headquarters the waters are safe. It is midnight, and Marine Edgar Harrell and several others have sacked out on deck rather than spend the night in their hot and muggy quarters below. Fresh off a top-secret mission to deliver uranium for the atomic bombs that would ultimately end World War II, they are unaware their ship is being watched. Minutes later, six torpedoes are slicing toward the Indy . . . 

For five horrifying days and nights after their ship went down, Harrell and his shipmates had to fend for themselves in the open seas. Plagued by dehydration, exposure, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks, their numbers were cruelly depleted before they were miraculously rescued. This is one man's story of courage, ingenuity, and faith in God's providence in the midst of the worst naval disaster in U.S. history.


This is a gripping story of survival.  The extent of what these men lived through is unbelievable.  Yet Harrell lives through it all with faith in God.  

For those who are interested in the human side to the USS Indianapolis, this is a gripping tale.  I appreciated that while Harrell describes the horrors he went through, he doesn't do it in a way to leave unnecessary gory details in your mind's eye.  Instead he describes the horrors as tastefully as possible, but in a way that still will leave readers shuddering. 

An additional thing that I liked about the way this book was put together is that through out Harrell's account, there are also little excerpts from other survivors.  This allows you to get a fuller picture.  There are also read photographs through out the book that will help the reader really appreciate and feel for the men and what they went through.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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