“A well-paced narrative that parses history from tragedy.”
“Raw terror in book form… a chilling, informative and deeply engrossing narrative.”
--Ensuing Chapters (blog)
“Weaves together personal interviews and extensive research to reconstruct how Florida’s mightiest bridge was built then destroyed, and how the horrendous accident effectively cast a pall over the life of harbor pilot John Lerro”
--Ocala Star Banner
“DeYoung’s account of the accident from the perspective of the victims traveling on the bridge is riveting… Skyway is a fresh and vivid retelling of the disaster.”
--Florida Historical Quarterly
“A skillful combination of local history and biography.”
--Naples Florida Weekly
“An intimately detailed account of this disaster, its victims and the survivors, the legal aftermath, as well as a complete history of the bridge, old and new. His story reads like a novel.”
--The Florida Times-Union
DeYoung tells the most comprehensive story of the Skyway Bridge Disaster that anyone could ever hope to tell. The level of detail here is impressively intricate.
A meticulously reported, compellingly written and sometimes surprising account of the 1980 disaster.
--Tampa Bay Times
Entranc[ing]. . . . Allows readers to peek into the world of commercial boat captains. . .and empathize with the unreasonable challenges these men undertake as regularly as most of us boot up our computers in the morning.
--Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
An account of the bridge's conception in 1954, along with the events of that fateful day in 1980, the courtroom drama that followed and the building of the new, modern Sunshine Skyway Bridge. DeYoung uses electrifying details to illustrate the importance of the bridge and its significance in connecting Pinellas County to Manatee County and points south.
--Tampa Bay Magazine