A Boy, a Father, Outdoor Misadventures, and the Healing Power of Nature
Praise for Books by Michael J. Tougias The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue (co-authored with Casey Sherman) "A blockbuster account of tragedy at sea...gives a 'you-are-there' feel." --The Providence Journal "A gripping read!" --James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers Overboard! A True Bluewater Odyssey of Disaster and Survival "A heart-pounding account of the storm that tore apart a forty-five-foot sailboat. Author Michael Tougias is the master of the weather-related disaster book." --The Boston Globe "Overboard is a beautiful story deserving of a good cry." --Gatehouse News Service "Tougias has a knack for weaving thoroughly absorbing stories - adventure fans need this one! --Booklist Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea "A passionately recounted peril-at-sea adventure...described with excruciating intensity. A blustery seafarer's delight, rendered with gusto." --Kirkus Reviews "Tougias spins a marvelous and terrifying yarn....this is a breathtaking book." --Los Angeles Times "Tougias's terrifying tale will stun you...leaving you breathless, exhilarated, and finally amazed." --The Providence Journal "Ernie Hazard's experiences, as related by Tougias, deserve a place as a classic of sea survival history."--The Boston Globe "Tougias spins a dramatic saga. . . . (He) has written eighteen books and this is among his most gripping." --National Geographic Adventure Magazine Ten Hours Until Dawn "The best story of peril at sea since Sebastian Junger's Perfect Storm. Superb!" --Booklist "What a story! Tougias' research and writing make the reader feel as if they are onboard the Can Do during the Blizzard of '78." --Governor Michael Dukakis "An incredible tale of heroism and sacrifice." --Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award Winner Selected as an American Library Association as an Editor's Choice and "Top Book of the Year" Ten Hours audio book won Audiofiles "Earphones Award." A Storm Too Soon "By depicting the event from the perspective of both the rescued and the rescuers and focusing only on key moments and details, Tougias creates a suspenseful, tautly rendered story that leaves readers breathless but well-satisfied. Heart-pounding action for the avid armchair adventurer." --Kirkus Reviews "The riveting, meticulously researched "A Storm Too Soon" tells the true-life tale of an incredible rescue" --New York Post "Tougias deftly switches from heart-pounding details of the rescue to the personal stories of the boat's crew and those of the rescue team. The result is a well-researched and suspenseful read." --Publishers Weekly "Already a maven of maritime books with Overboard! and Fatal Forecast, Tougias cinches that title here. Working in the present tense Tougias lets the story tell itself, and what a story! Any one reading (A Storm Too Soon) will laud Tougias' success." --Providence Journal
Michael Tougias is a writer who was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts in 1955. He writes about maritime, travel, and adventure topics. He is a N.Y. Times Bestselling author of 25 books. An avid fisherman, Tougias became a self-syndicated outdoors writer in 1990. At the time he was also managing a division of a major insurance company. He published the first of his books in 1998. He travels to more than 100 small and large speaking engagements a year to discuss his books and other topics, including "Survival Stories," lessons learned from those who were shipwrecked. U.S. Coast Guardsmen and sailors are frequent audiences; Tougias' last six books have been accounts of historic sea rescues by the Coast Guard, often in the Gulf Stream. His book The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the US Coast Guard's Most Daring Rescue (2009), co-authored with Casey Sherman, was adapted as a Disney film by the same name, released in 2016. Tougias is a frequent guest on NPR programs, The Weather Channel, Fox & Friends, 20/20, and national talk shows.