Inspired by the incredible true story of Sir William Hillary and the founding of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Storm Survivors continues the story of its popular prequel, Storm Warriors. Set in the days of storm and sail in the 1800s, it’s a riches-to-rags story of a real-life visionary who puts everything on the line in service to a passionate call. Ultimately, his cost-me-everything sacrifice doesn’t seem to balance with the meager outcomes. Or does it?
This action-studded, romance-laced novel inspires readers to see the silver lining in every set of hopeless circumstances, and opens minds to reconsider what really defines success.
The Story Behind the Story
In 2007, NavPress published Storm Warriors, the original historical fiction novel first written by Nappa. It went well and resulted in the founding of an International not-for-profit organization (Storm Warriors International) devoted to inspiring people to get involved rescuing others. The original book was based on true-life rescues in the 1800s and the invention of the first unsinkable lifeboat in England. It remains a popular and exciting read enjoyed by numerous and avid readers today, but is also appreciated by a growing number of people who are inspired by humanitarian themes and works. The book indeed prompts a larger question: What does it take for anyone to risk his or her life for others?
NavPress requested a second lifeboat-themed book although Nappa had not originally planned for one. He ultimately agreed and after further research, settled on a story that followed the era when the first English lifeboat had been invented. The new story, originally entitled, With Hearts Courageous, took place on the Isle of Man but was later renamed, Storm Survivors. These days, both books have been released by N.I.P.I. and Storm Warriors International Press. The two books are often packaged together, and entitled, The Storm Set. However, Storm Survivors succeeds as a stand alone novel loaded with sea-rescuing action, life-saving inspiration, and period romance. Both books continue to draw new readers and cultivate ongoing interest in the charitable work of Storm Warriors International. You can find out more about the not-for-profit organization at stormwarriors.org and may track other updates on this site by looking for the Storm Warriors tag on any of the pages or posts.
Reviews for Storm Warriors
Inspiring!! A call to action in your own life. It has been a long time since I have picked up a book that touches my heart so deeply that I am inspired to make changes in my own life. From the very beginning Jon Nappa captures your senses. So descriptive, I felt as if I were on the rocking ships and sharing an ale with the Storm Warriors at Cannon’s! I went from crying to cheering as I read this book without being able to set it down. In my opinion, the greatest accomplishment in the writing of this book is the question you are led to ask yourself. It is the same question Lionel Lukin asked, “Must it be that only by suffering personal tragedy will a man at last be moved to answer the cries around him?” (pg. 226) As I set it down, tears in my eyes, I realized that I must personally be a Storm Warrior and reach out to people who need me. We can all make a difference! With highest recommendation, I urge you to pick up this book and become absorbed in it!
— Amanda M. Wilkinson
Storm Warriors, based on real people and events, transports you back to a time in England’s history when man was dependent upon ships as a primary source of transportation. The book tells a story about a man who loses his family at sea and inspires a community to rally together to save other people from the perils of the Goodwin Sands. Through vivid, captivating narrative, a tragedy blooms into a fascinating tale of redemption. Jon Nappa inspires you to “shine your light” and embrace our world through grace and love.
— Anna Smith
Storm Warriors ROCKS!Two words; impressed and touched.I just finished reading Storm Warriors and though it took a few minutes to get the tears to stop, I have to tell you I am 1) Impressed with the skills of the author…I was captivated from the beginning and looked forward with great anticipation each and every time I found the time to read more. 2) The story of Lionel Lukin, his loss, his success, his miracle was deeply touching, and the story within the story of Arthur and Edward was equally touching.”…brought here on a coach of your own making does this night come the answer to the ache of your broken heart.” Simply amazing work Mr. Nappa….amazing indeed.I’m anxious to read the next installment.
— Michael Conner