Only four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to.
On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly. Larry Shaben, the author's father and Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. Constable Scott Deschamps was escorting Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant. Against regulations, Archambault's handcuffs were removed - a decision that would profoundly impact the men's survival.
As the men fight through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth, and status are erased, and each man is forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence.
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Well written, poorly narrated.
Having grown up in Alberta, this is a story with which I had some familiarity. Each character is given sufficient time in the spotlight, and the circumstances were well researched and described. I was turned off however by consistent pronunciation errors on behalf of the narrator, usually involving terms with which most Canadians would be familiar. It took away from an otherwise well done story.
Probably not; aside from the obvious lack of research into some of the minutiae of the story, the narrator had an odd cadence that sometimes bordered on robotic.
Possibly. I believe I listened to it in 3 or 4 sittings, as I usually listen while driving. I enjoyed the breaks to ponder on various aspects of the story.
- Jacqueline Kennedy-Green
I first heard of this book from an NPR story. It listens like a page turner through the crash and survival, then remains compelling as the effects of the experience on each of the survivors is recounted. Highly recommended!
- Brian D. Smith