The list author says: "Thinking that you are in trouble? Relax and find out what others have been through: explorers, travelers, sailors, whalers (many of them castaways), fighting navy marines and finally slaves - on the high seas, through the deserts, tropical jungles and across polar regions. Incredible stories and adventures: mutinies, maniacs, pirates, history of wars/sea battles and slave trade + much more. You may check my reviews as well (indicated "R"). Thanks and have a great time reading."
"Bureaucrat Barrow, his ideas and desperate explorers. Length to witch desperate explorers would accept years of being exposed to dangerous and deadly conditions of Arctic and Africa is unbelievable. (R)"
"This is massively researched book presenting mentally unstable leader of the large US exploring expedition sailing around the world; best read about sailors and tough life on the decks of crowded tall ships in XIX century. Monumental work!! (R)"
"Probably the best work about pirates (based on many ratings). It is like well written compendium of the piracy, great starter for further learning. Inquisitive reader may go from here into more narrative books devoted to specific chosen characters like Kidd, Dumpiere, Blackbeard, Drake etc."
"Forget the old movie "Bridge on the River Kwai", movie that portraits only British POWs unfortunately through the "twisted mirror". Read the book, true story about all poor souls (British, Americans and Dutch) condemned to suffer and build the Burma-Thailand railroad. (R) !!"
"Pure horror!! 150 passengers to brave the open sea on a raft. Within a few days, most of those castaways had been burned to death by the sun, providing food for the survivors. I am glad to see reissue of this book. You may also check recently published "The Wreck of the Medusa" by Jonathan Miles."
"Good historical book should explain/elaborate WHY and HOW battles erupt, and "Seize the Fire" fulfills these two criteria. You will be surprised learning about Nelson's motivation and pell-mell strategy. (R)"
"Extraordinary book deserving to be the winner of the 2006 US Maritime Literature by all means. So much I have learned about life and struggle of seamen on board of modern mid XX century merchant cargo ships! (R)"
"Good survival story, but not the best. Book is too long. While reading, I was more interested about details related to life and culture of religionless valley natives, than about rescue mission for plain crush survivors."
"Number of facts and details related to American, French and British politics, economy and trade, is staggering, sometimes overwhelming. However I could not stop reading about naval duels between English and American men-of-war, what a stories!! (R)"
""In the Kingdom of Ice" is a 'classic of classics' among large number of books devoted to both South and North polar expeditions, where desperate sailors travel through the sea, on the ice and land (in this case it is Siberia's delta of Lena River) in order to survive."