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We Die Alone

We Die Alone [Kindle Edition]

David Howarth , Andy McNab
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Excellent...a deeply moving Arctic saga. --The Times

A book that I absolutely could not put down...and one that I will never forget. --Steven E. Ambrose, author of Band of Brothers

Howarth's narrative is thoroughly involving; you can almost hear the shriek of the Arctic wind, be blinded by the snow and feel the frostbite. --Times Literary Supplement

One of the most extraordinary escape stories you will ever read . . . outstanding. --Andy McNab


'We Die Alone fills one with humble admiration for the stubborn courage of a man who refused to die under circumstances that would have killed ninety-nine men out of a hundred.' New York Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1822 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1841952486
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (5 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847678459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847678454
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, amazing feat of survival 22 Aug 2002
By A Customer
The author sets the scene very well and takes you into the story without delay. Four men set out to carry out sabotage operations in occupied Norway during WWII, arranged by London. An unfortunate set of circumstances leads to their discovery before they have a chance to even get going. This results in one man of Norweigan origin, on the run trying to evade capture.
Isolation, extreme temperatures, lack of food, lack of medical aid, constant real threat of capture and therefore death. This man appears to have survived on pure determination and the generosity of the people who helped "one of their own", despite risk of certain death and the death of their families should they be discovered.
A very good read
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This book makes the tales that cam out of the gulf war look tame. Stories about going 3 days walking through the deserts of Iraq and then having to do a couple of heroic things is nothing compared to the struggle faced by Jan.
Jan went to hell and back in the worse terrain the world has on offer. Not only is he the hero but he is helped by so many who risk their lives to help a man in the finals stages of life. Their actions are inspirational and truely saved him.
You wont put this book down.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary tale of human endurance 9 Jan 2000
Having operated in the region in winter myself,the story of this incredible Norwegian, who having landed on the North Nowegian coast by fishing boat from Shetland, was then to undertake a perilous journey over the mountains and fjords to safety in Sweden. Hunted by the Germans occupying his native country, the story of Jan Balstrud, as told by David Howarth, demonstrates the ability of the mind to conquer the body in appaling conditions and with little or no equipment. I could not put the book down.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great book 15 Mar 2004
In my opinion is one of the best books I've ever read. It symbolises the triumph of the courage and the spirit against the worst circunstances.
An incredible story. It seems impossible to believe it is a true story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story of endurance 11 Mar 2012
This is a story I enjoyed reading right from the opening chapter. I like stories that ring true and depict human endurance that make our daily ordeals look pale in comparison. We Die Alone does just that, with Jan and his friends going through trials that take them through hell and back. I like the era, WWII, after reading Disciples of Fortune that has a similar setting. The plot of We Die Alone is brilliant and the writing flows in an effortless manner, bringing forth a strong narration and succinct dialogue. Overall, this is a great story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 28 Feb 2011
By Annie
Format:Kindle Edition
This book caught my attention from the very begining and held it to the very last word. An amazing story of one one mans survival against all the odds.A story full of courage, humility and human strength. Though the story was of one mans survival it also made clear the great spirit of human kindness and loyalty.I could see every place and every detail mentioned which is something I always expect from a good book and it did not let me down. It is well worth the purchase and I would recomend it without hesitation
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better written 13 Sep 2011
By Bridgey
I really tried hard to like this book.... I know I should be more sympathetic to his plights, but to be honest, if you like POW escape stories that are packed with adventure, then I would really give this book a miss.

It starts off well enough, detailing how Jan manages to escape from the Germans and is betrayed. At times the tension is fraught and the plot races along.

However, as the novel continues, the story just becomes extremely repetitive. Jan is laid up in various sheds, caves etc, and you get so sick of hearing about the weather you just want something to happen to break the monotony of the book.

If I had to sum up the story it would be: Snow, sleep, snow, sleep & a bit more snow....

I know that it is a miracle he survived the ordeal but it's just not a very exciting one...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Survival story ever written 7 Jun 2009
By S.B.
This book is unbelievably good. You would'nt believe this man could survive under these conditions, but he did !! A testament to human endurance like no other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An incredible story of human survival in the harshest of environments. A truly inspirational book.
Published 5 days ago by Debsupnorth
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Great story if courage and determination. For me the telling was hard going and did not hold my attention. However a good account of the horrors of war.
Published 8 days ago by David Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars book review
very good reading knowing it was a true story and have passed it on to someone else who will enjoy it
Published 3 months ago by smithy
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest story ever?!
Perhaps the most incredible survival story ever. How this hasn't been made into a film I don't know. You enjoyed Bravo Two Zero etc you will be blown away by this...
Published 5 months ago by Amazon User
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible true story of bravery
A must read for everybody so we never forget the incredible courage that was displayed by the special forces during the 2nd World War. Read more
Published 5 months ago by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story!
A brilliant example of mans ability to survive and the kindness of others. Really enjoyed the whole story and loved the reality of it all.
Published 6 months ago by Grant Grieve
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
A thoroughly amazing story of human resilience against unbelievable odds. The protagonist finds himself against a series of increasingly difficult obstacles in his bid to escape... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Big Kahuna
4.0 out of 5 stars Surely nothing in life could be as harsh as this
An incredible story of endurance and wartime resistance in the frozen north. Brilliantly evoking the cold, harsh conditions and the risks, danger and frustration of operating... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
I read this book over a couple of days as I found it very hard to put down, to read what Jan went through and the highs and lows of his escape are just amazing.
Published 12 months ago by Ian Picot
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost unbelievable
I have not quite finished reading the ebook but I am amazed that Jan is still alive! A very good read well written.
Published 13 months ago by Christopher N Roberts
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