Book Review: Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

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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 tells about the epic search for miss­ing World War II Coast Guard sol­diers who were on a res­cue mis­sion. The book pro­vides and intense glimpse into a for­got­ten moment in history.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book -to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post.

  • 416 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Harper
  • Lan­guage: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062133438

Book review Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

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Thoughts:
I truly enjoyed Zuckoff’s first book, Lost in Shangri-La and jumped on the chance to read Frozen in Time when I was offered. The book didn’t dis­ap­point as Zuck­off has an uncanny abil­ity to tell a story in a per­sonal, yet com­pre­hen­sive way which leaves the reader yearn­ing for more.

The author describes Green­land as an almost extra-terrestrial land, a des­o­late world cov­ered in ice and snow with ever-changing land­scape which hum­bles the bravest of men. Dur­ing the win­ter of 1942/1943 a group of Amer­i­can fly­ers were stuck on the ice, Zuck­off takes the reader to that time and the suf­fer­ing which they endured, hop­ing beyond rea­son for a rescue.

The book is actu­ally com­posed of two sto­ries, one tak­ing place dur­ing World War II when res­cue attempts are made to res­cue a fallen air­plane crew, the sec­ond dur­ing a mis­sion to find the miss­ing Coast Guard res­cuers. Both parts are inter­est­ing, engag­ing and enlight­en­ing, the strate­gic impor­tance of Ice­land is dis­cussed as well as the impor­tance of find­ing the miss­ing men. The author took part of the recov­ery effort which gave the book an inter­est­ing twist, a his­to­rian mak­ing history.

This is an excit­ing story about many brave men and women who are try­ing to do what’s right dis­re­gard­ing per­sonal safety. Mr. Zuck­off wrote an intense nar­ra­tive of thrilling adven­tures of hope and sur­vival, well researched and dra­matic with a mod­ern twist.

Syn­op­sis:
Dur­ing the win­ter of 1942 a C-53 cargo plane crashed in Ice­land, almost imme­di­ately res­cue mis­sions were started. Sur­viv­ing in the frozen tun­dra in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures is almost impos­si­ble and every­one knows it, it is imper­a­tive to get to the crew as quickly as pos­si­ble. How­ever, one of the res­cue attempts falls short and the Coast Guard plane, a Grum­man Duck, crashes as well.

Fast for­ward sev­eral decades later, Lou Spaienza is try­ing to retrieve the bod­ies of the US ser­vice­men under a deep belief that no-one, dead or alive, should be left out in the field. Mr. Spaienza spent a huge amount of time and energy orga­niz­ing a retrieval mis­sion, his pas­sion touched many peo­ple and even the author joined the party.

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Give­away

  • Give­away ends: May 15, 2013

  • US/Canada Ship­ping Addresses Only

  • No PO Boxes

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked

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