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Facing the Frozen Ocean: One Man's Dream to Lead a Team Across the Treacherous North Atlantic Hardcover – 2 Apr 2004

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (2 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405041501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405041508
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'An epic story of hardship, friendship and faith' Daily Telegraph '[Grylls'] writing allows you to feel you are sitting alongside him on his adventure... I could taste the salt spray in every sentence and the bone numbing chill in every paragraph' Herald Express 'Grylls is certainly proof that the age of great explorers has not completely passed us by.' Scotsman" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Bear Grylls spent three years with the British Special Forces. During this time he had a horrendous parachuting accident in southern Africa, breaking his back in three places. Three years later he overcame the odds to become one of the youngest British climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and this story forms the basis for his bestselling memoir, Facing Up. Bear Grylls is one of the most successful motivational speakers on the world circuit. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "emmapettigrew" on 5 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was amazing. It left me speechless. I was hardly able to put the book down. I guarantee your feet will be itching and you will want to get out there and see and do the same things that the Bear and his crew did. I felt like I had had been a part of his journey, at times imagining what they must have gone through and the sheer determination that they all showed put a lump in my throat.
An excellent book, I would recommend it to anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robin Stevenson on 24 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
One of the best books l have ever read and inspired me to book Bear to tell his story at our last Sales Conference....needless to say he was as good as his book and l felt very humbled to be sat there listening to his story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2007
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This book is the story of Bear Grylls' attempt to cross the arctic Atlantic ocean in an open inflatable beat. Bear leads a team of five on this challenge, and he tells the story of how the trip was organised and how close it came to disaster.

I've read Bear's tale of climbing Everest (Facing Up) which is, to be honest, the better book. Facing the Frozen Ocean was an enjoyable holiday read but it didn't grip me in the same way that the Everest adventure did. Partly, I suspect that's because Bear himself loses the impetus to continue these adventures part-way through the trip; there is one appalling leg of the journey where death was very, very close. An angry Atlantic is no place to be in an open boat -- running out of fuel and left helpless in 20-foot swells. Bear questions why he is involved in this kind of escapade when he could be at home with his young family... and that sense of disengagement is obvious to the reader.

However, you also learn all about prepping for an expedition like this, and get a vivid description of what it was like. Bear's writing (or editor!) improves in this book so the text flows more easily than in Facing Up.

Overall, it's a fast-paced adventure tale -- just not one to rank among the classics.
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I wanted to read this book after watching Bear on his survival series on tv and the reviews written on Amazon. What Bear and his friends went through is truly inspirational but he really made me mad and angry when he was told to wait for a break in the weather twice but continued and nearly got them all killed, even a cruise liner had to turn back because of the seas. He comes across as if he has a right to go right on the edge of death taking his friends with him, I don't know if this is to do with his Army training and being in the special forces and pushing yourself as far as you can go and beyond. I think the boat design wasn't thought through as not having a place to sleep and dry off and to get out of the relentless weather/seas/storms was a big mistake, sleeping in a 'sardine can' sounded like a punishment to me, crazy.
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By stephanie on 9 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
I like Bear Grylls, I really do. He's a clean cut roll model for teenage boys and an entertaining adventurers for all of us. Although the book tries to describe their physical hardships, which it does to some degree, it does not deal with the most interesting aspects of adventure i.e. the true dynamics between the group. At the end he says there was never a cross word between them. That is difficult to believe. In times of stress, and they went through severe stress, tensions erupt, and how they are dealt with or not dealt with is where the interest is for me. His faith is important to him and it's fine to mention that, but he lays it on far to thickly. If you like the guy as I do, read the book, but don't expect to come away knowing anything more about the real Bear Grylls or his friends.
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By Crocus on 24 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I couldn't put this book down a truly amazing feat of craziness! Only somebody like him would have the guts to do something like that. I did ask myself why..but then I am not an adventurer or would want to attempt the impossible.Well done Bear and his crew.I hope that Shara is an understanding wife I suspect she has to be.
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By sy79 on 31 Dec. 2013
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This book was amazing from start to finish well worth a read for any Bear Fans out there. Took me 3 days to complete while on Holiday could not put it down. Amazing to think what this man has been through and what he has achieved in his life.

Brilliant Book. 5 Stars. Quick delivery and well packaged also.
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By pc on 24 Jun. 2014
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An inspireing read which transports you all the way to the storms with them. weather it was a selfish act or not im not sure but one im sure the crew will never forget! a very good read
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