download Flashes in the Night: The Sinking of the Estonia by Jack A. Nelson (September 28,2010) By Jack A Nelson –

I brought this book as I was looking for additional information and survivors accounts following considerable research into the sinking of the Estonia Whilst the content of the book is interesting and the testimonies well researched, the book as a whole was lacking in several key areas.As other reviews here state, the timeline during the sinking skips regularly forward and backwards throughout the book Although this can be a little confusing, in general I found this acted as a positive, allowing the author to include accounts from a wide number of survivors, providing a level of detail in each which would not be possible with one continuous, chronological narrative The author carries these accounts right through from the sinking itself and the long wait for rescue to the experiences of survivors in the immediate aftermath The constant repetition of many simple facts and descriptions that resulted from this approach did however become tiring and a little annoying as the story developed.Unfortunately, the book is riddled with typos, grammatical errors and incorrect spellings Whilst these mistakes were not regular enough to make the book unreadable, they were certainly distracting, breaking the momentum of the narrative and lowering the credibility of the book as a whole.The book also contained some surprising factual errors in the technical information provided and at times directly contradicted itself References to additional world events and related maritime accidents were often incorrect the Herald of Free Enterprise sank in a storm in the English Channel and exposed a lack of underlying knowledge of the subject matter.I found the attitudes of the author towards the nations involved primarily Estonia, Sweden and Finland but also to Europe in general to be misrepresentative and at times bordering on condescending It seemed throughout the book that the subject matter may have been better handled by an author from a European viewpoint, and with a stronger working knowledge of the maritime industry.Much to my relief, the book does not indulge in many of the conspiracy theories which have arisen in the years following the disaster I felt the Author handled these very well, addressing each in turn in a fair and logical way, allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions by neither shouting down nor sensationalising these alternative courses of events.Overall I found the book to be highly interesting, with the key appeal being the varied, thorough and highly engaging survivor testimonies I would certainly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the sinking At times though I questioned whether the strength of this narrative was due to the work of the author, or whether it is instead an inevitable result of any account of the staggering, compelling and devastating events which took place on the night MS Estonia sank. Customer satisfaction is my top priority New book Great book however no picture plates but still well written and very informative. great gift My son is a missionary in Estonia and does deep sea diving so I was very interested when I got the notice from about this book I ask him if he knew about the ship and he said he knew a few things about it but would love to have the book.I ordered the book and when it came I looked at the way it was written and thought maybe I would read it before I sent it to him I am very glad I did it is written so well I could hardly put it down after I started reading it I would advise anyone who has any interest in ship wrecks or just a good read to buy it It will keep you on the edge of your seat A very well written book and it was almost like I was right there in the water with those people. This is a mournful but gripping story reminiscent of stories of the sinking of the Titanic, but everything happened so much faster Mr Nelson does a fine job of recreating the tempestuous cold of the sea that night His narrative deals primarily with the experiences and recollections of the survivors, and the first person accounts are deeply memorable Well done.