The Past is Back
Looking for something different for that history lover? Two books that are perfect would be Left for Dead by Pete Nelson (a non-fiction account of the USS Indianapolis and a young man who became fascinated with the story behind it) and Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone (the fiction account of the true-life story of the Pea Island Life-Saving station in North Carolina).
Left for Dead by Nelson follows the story of the USS Indianapolis and what a young man named Hunter Scott did to help clear a man’s name and bring to light the true story. Hunter was watching the movie Jaws with his father, when the USS Indianapolis is mentioned. His principal father told Hunter to do more research to learn more about the historical events when Hunter starts to question him. Hunter’s research would take him all the way to Washington, D.C. This quest of his was not only to learn about the disaster, but also help clear the name of its captain. Scott’s introduction, survivor accounts and Nelson’s text reads like fiction. This makes this a book accessible to the reader who has done the traditional World War II fiction and traditional non-fiction reading, but for the casual reader as well. You do not have to be interested in World War II or history, the Navy, shipwrecks and true-adventure stories to enjoy this book. Anyone can find something to enjoy. Wonderful photographs accent the text.
Slightly different, but equally exciting is Storm Warriors by Carbone. Storm Warriors is based on the actual events of the Pea Island Life-Saving station on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the 1890’s. Nathan is sent to live with his father and grandfather after the death of his mother. While Nathan’s life has always been filled with prejudice, he is determined to fight this injustice when he witnesses the prejudice against the all black crew of the island’s life saving station.
Both of these books are not just for the history fan, but for all who enjoy reading. The past is very much fresh when you pick up Left for Dead or Storm Warriors. You can find these and other great history novels and non-fiction adventures on the shelves of the Northshire Bookstore.
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