IRMA: Lessons from the Worst Storm in Atlantic History by Mark R Wilson

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Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 22:38

Local man Mark R Wilson has released his first book, IRMA: Life Lessons from the Worst Storm in Atlantic History and is already receiving 5 star reviews.

A memoir which takes a hard look at how life, the ups and downs, lead him to the fateful day when hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, raging 200mph winds ripping apart the building around him and facing certain death.

Mark tackles the big questions of life head on, to ultimately find his peace.

An inspiring book which does not shy away from the good or the bad of life.

IRMA: Life Lessons from the Worst Storm in Atlantic History, is a truly captivating tale and fascinating journey that describes how all of us can transform a life without direction into one full of passion, determination, drive, hard work and adventure. 

When Mark finds his passion; finally life has meaning, he has a purpose, is driven and living the dream is in sight.

But will this be enough to mask the pain and mistakes of the past and keep the demons at bay?

Then Irma strikes and reaches into his soul, bringing past pains and mistakes to the surface and forcing him to confront problems long since buried.

Is living the dream really a dream come true – or could the answer to finding contentment really be much simpler?

About the author

Mark R Wilson is from and lives in Exeter.  

Mark is a scuba diving instructor and marine ecologist with a masters degree from the University of Plymouth.  

He has worked around the globe on whale shark conservation projects and as a scuba instructor.

In September of 2017 on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin he found himself directly in the path of hurricane Irma’s deadly 200mph winds.

After surviving when he truly believed he would not, he was compelled to write his memoir and IRMA: Life Lessons from the Worst Storm in Atlantic History is the result.

Mark said: “It is said that in the face of death life flashes all too briefly before our eyes, but all too often we are not given the opportunity to bring these flashes to a reckoning. I was given this opportunity with Irma and this book is my reckoning.”


5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal story, you will not regret reading this.

As a huge lover of the ocean I was intrigued by this book. What phenomenal story! Any one with love of the ocean or conflict within themselves will surely enjoy this book. Mark the author tells of incredible journey and makes you ask questions of yourself.

The descriptions of sights underwater make you want to join him for all your diving experiences.

A true passion for the ocean and desire to help.


5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read

What a all inspiration book couldn’t put it down. Anything can be done if we put our minds to it including Survival . Stay passionate about the love for your work. A must read.


5.0 out of 5 stars OMG I couldn't put it down

What a journey. So well described I was there with you. I looked up from reading and everything was calm but my head was full of far away places. This book has made my cry, smile, cheer you on and fear for your life. I've been taken to reefs, beaches, sunshine, the midst of a storm and utter devastation.

It has made me appreciate my own journey, how lucky I am. I now appreciate the time I saw Humpback Whales from a RIB, although at the time I was in the middle of a panic attack.

Read an excerpt from the book here:

How to buy the book

Mark R Wilson’s captivating memoir is now available to buy in hard copy or ebook, or read for free on Kindle Unlimited:


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