438 Days by Jonathan Franklin

438 Days

By Jonathan Franklin

  • Release Date: 2015-11-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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“The best survival book in a decade” (Outside magazine), 438 Days is the true story of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean.

On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port.

Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles.

438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.


  • Incredible

    By Ballbagz2
    What an incredible story or survival. Lost for words.
  • 438 Days

    By MsMagana
    I absolutely loved this book. I read it on my drive from Fallon, Nevada to Milton-Freewater, Oregon. I couldn't put it down. Made my drive go by fast.
  • Great read.

    By Dolphintnks
    Hard to stop reading! Blasted through it in a day. Great book
  • 438 days

    By Merrymanor player
    I hate reading. I haven't read a book in 20 years. In fact, I've never read a book voluntarily on my own, ever. This was a first for me. I've read books in high school where I was forced to (20 years ago), but never have I voluntarily read a book. That changed when I saw this book. I saw a news story about this book. I then bought this book. I couldn't put this book down once I started reading. The man in this book that survived is a true survivalist--more than any man survival tv show stars. This man is the survival genius.
  • 438 Days

    By Docgary1
    Fabulous, terror filled story of survival Great read!!!
  • Great read

    By Helicopter pilot
    Have to agree with the rest.......couldn't put it down
  • Awesome!

    By Ams1126
    Could not stop reading. Enough said.
  • Epic Story

    By Cyber_Grunt
    An amazing modern day Earnest Shackleton story of survival. Well written, could not put this book down! Great read!