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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062133403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062133403
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 May 2013
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Subtitled: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II

Mitchell Zuckoff's name might already be familiar to you - he's also the author of a previous best seller - Lost in Shangri-La.

Zuckoff again revisits World War II history, recounting the fate of the men on a US military cargo plane that crashed in November 1942 on the inhospitable shores of Greenland. And that of the men on the rescue B17 plane - that also crashed. And unbelievably, the third rescue plane, the Grumman Duck, that managed to pick up one survivor - and disappeared.

It sounds like a movie plot and improbable that three planes could crash or disappear. What's even more unbelievable is the will of the crash survivors to survive the dead of winter in frozen Greenland.

Zuckoff takes this factual piece of history and makes it 'real' and personal by inserting many, many details. Where did he get his information? There are survivors to this miraculous tale and Zuckoff follows them all the way through to the present.

But, there are those whose bodies have never been recovered. And that's where the present day story kicks in. Between the US Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. (a group, who as one of their mandates, tries to bring home the bodies of US servicemen) a mission is mounted to find the lost Duck and the men aboard. Zuckoff accompanies this mission to Greenland.

Cutting between past and present Zuckoff brings to life this phenomenal story. I could feel the cold seep into my bone as the men were stranded yet another day. And the desperation of those determined to save them.

I chose to listen to Frozen in Time. Zuckoff himself reads the book.
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By patricia percy on 26 Jun 2014
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Makes compelling reading. A real insight into the human endurance against the odds. Would recommend this book to anyone interested in WW2 history.
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Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff is a vivid and compelling story of survivial and overcoming the harshest conditions on Earth, The North Arctic Ice. There are actually two stories within this book. The first story is a story of survival within the Arctic wilderness during World War II. This book details the 148 days the surviving crew spent in the Arctic. The book not only describes how the crew physically dealt with the subzero tempertures but also how they coped psychologically with being trapped on the Arctic ice. This part of the book will show you what limits we can endure.

The second story within the book is the modern telling of the attempt to locate and recovery of the two planes that crashed in November of 1942. The first plane was a US cargo plane and the second was a B-17 (Duck) assigned to the search-and-rescue for the first aircraft. The author who actually participated in the search for B-17 (Duck) describes the efforts of the Coast Guard and the private company, North South Polar Inc. Who was led Lou Sapienza. This book is definitely worth your time and I would recommend it to others.

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This was a good intertwined story of 3 different crashes in greenland one plane searching for another and a rescue that went wrong I have read a few war stories but this is really a story of saving lives and recovering the lost
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169 of 179 people found the following review helpful
A riveting, gripping read; very worthwhile. 6 April 2013
By feemeister - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was RIVETING! One of those where I just couldn't put it down. WORD OF WARNING! This book was written in two different time periods. If you are like me, and do not want to be interrupted with a different time period, you might want to skip the newer time period chapters to read afterwards. (I also do not like ''spoilers'' and had I read the newer ones at the same time it would have really taken away from the story for me.) Each chapter has the timeframe right under the ch. number, so it's easy to flip ahead to what you want to read. So I read it as two different stories, completely through. The way the book is set up, you can read it this way and not miss a beat!

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!
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Hell in an immense place 17 May 2013
By Randy Keehn - Published on Amazon.com
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"Frozen in Time" is a compelling account of survival in one of the remotest corners of the world. The time is the early days of America's involvement in World War II and the place is Greenland. The author, Mitchell Zuckoff, gives us the background of the purpose of being there and the challenges that accompany that purpose. Within a relatively short number of pages, we encounter a US airplane that has crash-landed well into the barren and frozen tundra of Greenland. The 9 or so castaways (a few persons move in and out during the time this lasts) are far away from rescuing. There are efforts and failures and the story of these men is the story that will hold your attention. This book is the story of a great adventure and adventures don't always turn out the way you want.

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.
70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
A Gripping Chronicle of Survival and Retrieval 8 April 2013
By Michael P. Lefand - Published on Amazon.com
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"Frozen in Time" is a story of hell in a frozen wasteland. For the first time the tragedy and heroism of downed airmen over the frozen wastes of Greenland while ferrying planes and cargo to our Allies in England during World War II is told by Mitchell Zuckoff. This is a fascinating story of how the U.S. Coast Guard also played a vital role in the search and rescue of many of the aircrews.

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. Meteorological intelligence was essential for both Axis and Allies because weather originating from Greenland and other Arctic Islands could affect the war in the Atlantic and the Invasion of Europe. For this reason the Army and Coast Guard bases and ships stationed at various positions around Greenland.

A little known fact is that the Germans had teams dispatched from the "Abwehr" (a German information intelligence gathering organization) to Greenland and other Arctic Islands at the outbreak of World War II to gather meteorological intelligence. All the early parties were captured by the British. Later in the war the German Navy established offshore weather ship stations which were found after ULTRA intelligence revealed them to the Allies.

I found Zuckoff's "Frozen in Time" a terrific story about courage and dedication of those who served during World War II in capacities other than combat. I recommend this book because everyone should read of sacrifices made by all who served in uniform. I give it 4 stars.
71 of 82 people found the following review helpful
A powerful tale of rescue and loss 5 April 2013
By Brian Reaves - Published on Amazon.com
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Zuckoff has given us an incredible true tale that takes place in two time periods. First there is the initial rescue attempts taking place around WW2 in Greenland, then we flash-forward to a modern team attempting to find the remains and truths about what really happened to those lost heroes. Truthfully, I think you're better off reading this book as a clean slate rather than knowing exactly who makes it and who doesn't. You really begin to feel for the team and hope for the best, and as members are rescued and others are lost, you feel those historic moments unraveling just as they must have for those people gathered around their radios years before. And even as the modern team recreates what must have happened as they find wreckage, you'll wish for the best for the teams. The book moves along at a great pace, giving back story as needed but never wasting pages with it. Each character truly comes alive and the historic pictures included are perfect additions to put faces to the names of the heroes.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A magnificent account 26 April 2013
By Geoffrey Segebarth - Published on Amazon.com
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I just completed reading Frozen in Time and consider it astounding good and very difficult to put down. As other reviews indicate, the book contains two interspersed accounts of survival, rescue, and death in late 1942 on a glacier in Greenland and the nearly impossible task in 2012 of locating buried remains of some of the rescuers. Be forewarned: Zuckoff's development of the participants in both accounts is so compelling that the reader will become attached emotionally to them as they bear travails that few of us could possibly countenance. What is most heartening to see is the commitment of the U.S. military (in particular the Coast Guard) to the rescue attempts. Secondly, the 1942-43 account displays men who are committed to each other as a shared community. Would there be such a selflessness in 2013? This is simply a great book not to be missed.
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