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

May 8, 2013
Article first published as Book Review: Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff on Blogcritics

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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: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

My rat­ing for Frozen in Time5

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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.

Buy this book in paper or in elec­tronic format*

More Books by Mitchell Zuckoff

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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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TLC Book Tour for Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff:

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5 Comments

  • Heather May 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I gave this one five stars, too–what an amazing story. I will definitely be looking up Zuckoff’s other books, starting with Lost in Shangri-La.

  • donna harris May 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I don’t know how to pin without a pin button. I did see your book “Lost in Shangri-La” and I pinned it to my board. I’m not to good when it comes to the computer. Here is the link that I pinned.
    http://pinterest.com/donnasquaw/pins/
    I did try to pin off the url on this page but it wouldn’t let me without a photo. I just don’t know how to do it.

    This book does sound like it would be amazing to read. I also like the cover of the book.

    • Zohar - Man of la Book May 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Donna, I put a share bar on the top and bottom of each post.

  • Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours May 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I was captivated by SHANGRI-LA, and this one sounds even better to me since I’m fascinated with adventures in the extreme cold. I’m glad to see such a great review!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  • Ryan May 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I loved this book, not as much as I did the previous one, but it’s so worth the read.

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