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Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 23, 2013
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The author did a great job of taking you right into the middle of all the action (and severe nonaction, at times). Before I read this book, I had no CLUE what kinds of horrific conditions were in store for rescuers and would be rescuers. I had no idea about all the crevasses that people fell into, and that would open up under your feet. The weather conditions and the difficulties the planes faced in trying to land and take off. The starvation, the hope, the desperation and despair. If you had told me before I read this that a plane could have gone down, that it was known exactly where the plane was, and that it could have taken THAT long to rescue the people, I would have thought you were nuts!
This story was beautifully told and truly showed the valor and strength of spirit of some little known heroes. I hope this book will immortalize them as they deserve. You can feel the involvement of the author all through this story. A phenomenal storyteller!
Author Zuckoff starts intersplicing the castaways with a modern tale of a quest to bring home some of the ones who never made it back. The quest is honorable and worthy...but it adds little emotion, excitement or pathos when compared to the day to day struggle for life with no sign of relief. Zuckoff gives us a great story and there is some advantage to stealing away from the castaways just to have us anxiously reinserted into their oblivion again. Still, I think the book could have included the modern day return as an epilogue of good faith and rememberance.
Zuckoff recounts the misfortune of the C-53 Skytrooper Cargo plane lost over Greenland that initiated the air and sea search which resulted in the loss of a B-17 (PN9E). In a rescue attempt for some of the crew of the B-17 a Grumman "Duck" was lost after being launched off the Coast Guard cutter Northland.
Zuckoff conveys to the reader the horrendous conditions the crew of the B-17 suffered; from the physical conditions of facing starvation and dealing with frostbite to the mental deprivations derived from isolation upon a frozen wasteland with little chance of rescue.
In a way without distracting from the main focus of survival of the air crews, Zuckoff tells the story of a present day team that has set out to retrieve the remains and reveal the truth about what really happened to those lost. This story is told in concurrence with the survival tale. In some ways I found this distracting, but not overly so. Only enough to reduce what I thought was a 5 star book down to 4 stars.
A historic note of interest:
As well as a way station for aircraft making their way to England, the United States had an early interest in Greenland at the outbreak of hostilities in Europe.Read more ›
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This book is about survival and unsung Heros plus a segment of ww2 that almost no one is aware of ..Great true story. Read itPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Outstanding story about WW2 heroes lost in Greenland. Well written with a tremendous amount of research. Tue American heroes from the Greatest Generation!Published 11 days ago by Frank J. Eich
This is a page-turner. Very well written, easy reading and geez, what an awesome story. You feel like you're there, stranded on the ice sheets of Greenland, barely hanging onto... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Gordon Phares
Great book and very well written. Mr. Zuckoff is a very good author. I recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a book about the brave men that crashed in Greenland... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ron
Quick read on a good subject for war and history buffs. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it be read.Published 17 days ago by Gregory Holler
Outstanding book cleverly constructed. The parallel stories of then and now provide variety but the suffering and bravery of the men trapped and those who risked and even lost... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer