Like everyone, the Wild Boar rescue captivated me and I was on he edge of my seat waiting for any news. This would not have come about without the dedication of all. Trust was paramount from the Wild Boars, they had faith in everyone to get them out. Having read this account I am in awe of both of the authors, it has inspired me more to get out and experience life and not be a passenger.
Like it says on the cover, it is the story of the Thai cave rescue told from the perspective of these two Australians at the centre of it.
A couple of things really lift this book. The first is that it is a great story, even if you know the basics of what happened. The second is the style in which it is written - these are authentic Australian voices, taking the job seriously but not themselves too seriously, plenty of humour, you almost feel the thing they are most proud of is sneaking past the Thai PM by hiding in an ambulance full of nurses. This is more like listening to a couple of blokes down the pub spinning a yarn than reading a book, and what a great yarn it is.
A wonderful telling of a truly unique and exceptional situation which had all the elements of a human disaster of epic proportion but transformed into a brilliantly executed rescue beyond all expectation and against insuperable odds to rescuing the 12 boys and their coach alive from their seemingly hopeless predicament. The dangerous obstacles and risks inherent in the Cave were sadly reflected in the death of the very experienced Thai Navy Seal Diver Saman Gunan.
From a suggestion conceived by the British Diver Rick Stanton, one of the two British Divers who found the boys, asking Dr Richard Harris whether he could sedate someone and dive them out of a situation grew the unprecented idea to completely anaesthetise the boys and coach and to then dive them out of the cave. Confronted by ethical and societal dilemmas and foreboding of monsoonal downpours which posed risks of flooding the cave and drowing everyone, Richard Harris narrates the tortuous efforts to have his rescue idea approved by the Thai authorities and the realities of implementing the daring plan.
The enormity of the daring and physically demanding events which had to be rerpeated 13 times is extraordinary and a testament to the bravery and endurance of every member involved in ther rescue and against insuperable odds.
A great read and wonderful insight into the feelings and thoughts of both Richard Harris and Craig Challen as they went about the rescue but also the other wonderful participants and the boys and their coach.
This book was a great read. Even though we all knew the outcome it was no less a real insight into the planning and preparation, doubts in their minds, the couple of worrying hiccups and the joy at the end made for a fantastic read. Could not put the book down.
Knowing the ending doesn't make this any less riveting. Told with humility and wry humour, this book reveals the enormous team effort that was needed to achieve success, along with the numerous incidents that could have spelled disaster. These Aussie heroes (a word they both eschew) explore the vagaries of bureaucracy, the potential clash of egos and the battles against self-doubt in an honest warts-and-all approach. A wonderful tribute to an amazing feat.
I enjoyed reading about Harry and Craig's lives before they started caving. At the actual rescue it was mind blowing to understand what they actually had to do and also all the back up divers. I was so pleased with this book that I have bought 2 of these books for Christmas presents.
Reading the full story by those involved with an incredible team of professionals, quietly and calmly going about their business......couldn't put it down. Real men, real doubts, real emotions and amazing outcome from such an unbelievably difficult situation
This is such a well written book; a must read! As the rescue played out in Thailand we all watched from around the globe. The details are riveting. I couldn’t wait to have copies delivered to Canada for Christmas after its release. Amazing work Harry & Craig!