Nick Schuyler loved hanging out with his friends. Having known each other since high school, Nick, Will Bleakley, Marquis Cooper, and Corey Smith, liked to get together when they could.
One weekend, the guys decided to do a day fishing trip. This was supposed to be a day of friendships and fun as the four guys left on Coopers 21 foot boat and anchored 70 miles out. As the afternoon went on, the weather took a turn for the worse, and the guys decided it was time to pack up and head into shore.
When the anchor seemed to be caught on something, the boaters thought if they tied the anchor to the back of the boat and then hit the throttle the anchor should work its way free. Instead, this move caused the boat to capsize. All four of the men went into the water.
40+ hours only one man came out.
This would make for a sad, emotionally charged, fiction read. However, this book is not fiction. Nick Schuyler was the one survivor of this horrifying accident. What ‘Not Without Hope’ is about, is the retelling of the details of what happened that day, and the hours to follow as the 4 men awaited, and prayed, for rescue.
Of course, this is a hard review to write. My heart is heavy as I type these words. I finished this book late last night and knew I had to share this review while the book is still so fresh in my mind.
Nick starts this book with the background of himself and his friends. Nick was at the time, a twenty-four year old personal trainer. His friends Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith were both NFL payers and Will Bleakley, Nick’s best friend, once played football for the University of South Florida.
What happened from the time the boat capsized until the time of rescue is the majority of the book. Nick shares in great detail what he recalls as each of his friend fought against hypothermia in the frigid waters, battling the salt water in their mouths and on the cuts on their bodies from struggling to keep a hold of the overturned boat.
As each of Nick’s friends loses their lives in this battle against the elements, I cry. I grieve. I can not even fathom what it had to be like to watch your friends take their last breath, say their last words, and then disappear below the deep waters.
A powerful book that I understand comes with controversy. Nick himself is all too aware of the rumors that circulated about what happened that day. From the articles I have read as a followup to this book, the proceeds of this book are going to charities. Nick’s father is quoted to say that “This year since the accident has left Nick in a state of depression. Nick has not even talked to his own family about all the details of what happened that day.” Nick’s father believes that the book was a way for Nick to express to everyone all at once what had happened.
A hard book to read, but one I am glad I did. I pray for peace for the families and all involved.
I borrowed this book from my local library