on 26 May 2013
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. I love hearing an author share his words - it just seems to give every sentence more weight. He has an excellent reading voice, expressive and easy to listen to. Listen to an excerpt of Frozen in Time.
Frozen in Time is a testament to the human spirit. Highly recommended.
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.
Thank you for reading my review.