Left 4 Dead

Publisher: Delacorte, Date of Publication, Nov. 11th 2003

Review about book

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men were thrown into shark-infested waters.

Pete Nelson

Pete Nelson is the author of 18 books of fiction and nonfiction and has written for numerous magazines. His most recent adult book is That Others May Live(Random House).

Critic about the book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book very much, January 10, 2014


Todd Greiner -

We'll written and holds your attention. Regretfully I was not aware of this terrible incident with the USS Indianapolis. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates history.


Left for Dead by Pete Nelson explains how the research of 11-year-old Hunter Scott who was inspired by a passing reference in the movie Jaws uncovered the truth behind a historic WWII naval disaster aboard the USS Indianapolis and led to the reversal of the wrongful court martial of the ship's captain. A full-color photographic inset and a preface by the now 17-year-old Scott round out the volume.

Product description

Hunter Scott, an 11-year-old boy in Pensacola, Florida, was watching the movie Jaws, listening to Captain Quint tell the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis at the end of World War II. “Eleven hundred men went into the water. Very first light, the sharks come cruising. . . .” Hunter had a simple question: Was this a true story?