Fire on the Horizon

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  • Edition: Large
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-15
  • Publisher: Harperluxe
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A real-life thriller in the tradition of "The Perfect Storm," "Fire on the Horizon" recounts the life of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig--from its construction in South Korea in the year 2000 to its journey around the world to its disastrous end. On and off the rig, "Fire on the Horizon" reveals the particulars of a culture most of us have never known, from the small maritime colleges to Transocean's training schools and Houston headquarters, and culminates in the harrowing minute-by-minute account of the fateful day, April 20, 2010, when the half-billion-dollar rig blew up, taking the lives of eleven people and leaving an unprecedented swath of natural destruction in its fiery wake.

Author Biography

John Konrad is a veteran oil rig captain; a former employee of the Deepwater Horizon's owner, Transocean; and the founder of the world's leading maritime blog, gCaptain.com. A graduate of SUNY Maritime College, he lives in Morro Bay, California. Tom Shroder was an editor and writer at the Washington Post from 1999 to 2009. He is the author of the nonfiction bestseller Old Souls and lives in Vienna, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Author's Note: A Perilous Crossingp. ix
Prologue: The Endp. 1
The Beginningp. 3
Oil and Waterp. 19
Cold Comfortp. 30
Sea Legsp. 38
King Neptunep. 58
Macondop. 72
X Marks the Spotp. 92
The Floodp. 120
A Captain's Colorsp. 132
Latching Upp. 145
Kicksp. 166
A Long Stringp. 195
Uneasy Partingsp. 214
Positive Testp. 220
Negative Testp. 228
Sailor Take Warningp. 246
˘Something Ain't Right÷p. 260
Maydayp. 275
Abandon Shipp. 292
Musteringp. 309
Going Homep. 317
Epiloguep. 333
Acknowledgmentsp. 355
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