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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (636 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Schuyler, Jeré Longman Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On February 28, 2009, Nick Schuyler, a twenty-four-year-old personal trainer, left for a deep-sea fishing trip with three friends: NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and Will Bleakley, his best friend, who once played football for the University of South Florida.

It was supposed to be a day of fun and relaxation aboard Cooper’s twenty-one-foot boat, which anchored seventy miles west of Tampa, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico. The friends were out to catch some amberjack, grouper, and maybe a few sharks. They planned to drink a few beers, have some laughs, and get home before an approaching cold front hit.

As the seas began to swell and the winds picked up in the late afternoon, they packed their gear and decided to head to shore. But there was a problem: the anchor was stuck.

Inexperienced boaters, they made what would become a fatal mistake, tying the anchor rope to the stern of the boat and hitting the throttle. The anchor did not yank free. Instead, the stern sank and filled with water, and the boat capsized.

And so the nightmare began. The men had to forage for life jackets beneath the boat. They had no emergency beacon to alert authorities, and their cell phones didn’t work so far out in the Gulf. With no food or water, the men clung to the overturned hull through the night as the seas roughened and the cloudy sky became inky black. They were continuously tossed from the boat by brutal waves, and sometimes found each other only by swimming toward their friends’ voices.

During the rare lull, they would pray and talk about the ones they loved, what they would’ve done differently with their lives, and what they would do once they returned home. As the hours passed, the four friends, who had grown up as athletes, worked as a team in their desperate bid to survive. They battled hypothermia, hallucinations, hunger, dehydration, and huge waves.

A witness to incredible heroism and unspeakable tragedy, Nick remained at sea for more than forty hours, holding on, hoping against hope, and clinging to the thought that he couldn’t bear to have his mother attend his funeral.

Not without Hope is much more than a story of survival; it is an inspiring story of friendship, resolve, and courage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A harrowing account of his grim ordeal at sea…a nightmare of exhaustion, madness, and death.”

    Washington Post

  • “Still haunted by the experience and the rumors that followed…Schuyler has written a memoir to set the record straight.”


  • “A harrowing tale…The story [that] made headlines all over the world.”

    New York Post

  • “A compelling account of tragedy at sea.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A profoundly sad struggle.”

    Bloomberg News

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen Martel | 2/14/2014

    " Really good book, makes you feel like you know each of the people involved. You really feel for them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/14/2014

    " Haunting. Unimaginable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cindy H. | 2/10/2014

    " This is an account of a horrible, harrowing experience both physically & emotionally. I can't say it is well written, but it is a good story. It is enlightening & thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donald | 2/4/2014

    " I didn't really pay attention to this story when it happened, which helped in reading the book because I had no preconceptions about what actually happened. This book is a good look, from the only survivor of this accident, about what went on and how he survived. It's mostly well-written, though rather obvious in places where the ghostwriter took over. "

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About the Author

Nick Schuyler is a former college football player and a personal trainer in Tampa, Florida.