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Facing the Frozen Ocean: One Man's Dream to Lead a Team Across the Treacherous North Atlantic Hardcover – Unabridged, 2 Apr 2004
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An epic story of hardship, friendship and faith. (Daily Telegraph)
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Grylls is certainly proof that the age of great explorers has not completely passed us by. (Scotsman) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Five British men in an open, rigid inflatable boat fighting for their lives in perhaps the most dangerous seas in the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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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.
An excellent book, I would recommend it to anyone.
Brilliant Book. 5 Stars. Quick delivery and well packaged also.
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