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On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men vanished.
In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing crashes and the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors. Frozen in Time places us at the center of a group of valiant airmen fighting to stay alive through 148 days of a brutal Arctic winter until an expedition attempts to bring them to safety. But that is only part of the story. In present-day Greenland, Zuckoff joins the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. on a dangerous expedition to recover the remains of the lost plane's crew.
Frozen in Time is a breathtaking blend of mystery, adventure, heroism, and survival. It is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and their families - and a tribute to the important, perilous, and often overlooked work of the U.S. Coast Guard.
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By keasha on 06-22-13
Best book I've read in a long time!
This is a must read. Gripping, emotional and true. Makes you appreciate Zuckoff's brilliant writing, research and his dedication to getting the story right complete with helping us to know these heros. Thanks for a super book.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Jennifer on 05-20-13
Interesting Survival Story
This is an interesting non-fiction account of the loss of several planes carrying American military officers in Greenland during WWII and of the attempts to rescue the survivors. As it's non-fiction, not all the characters survive.
The historical tale from November 1942 to April 1943 is intertwined with the modern tale of the attempt to pull together a team to search for the lost Grummond Duck in 2012.
It is always clear which time frame is being referred to. The stories are different, and the contemporary tale is told from the author's first person perspective and is told in the present tense.
The WWII story is interesting and is brought to life fairly well. This is a good fast listen and will appeal to history buffs. For those itnerested in travel, particularly in the Arctic, it's full of interesting factual tidbits. Zuckoff does a good job of turning the frozen and unforgiving landscape into a central character.
Having said that, I think that Mitchell Zuckoff was not the best choice to narrate the story. He's a good writer but not a good reader. There's a difference between someone who tells a story and someone who reads a story. Zuckoff mispronounces several words -- after about the 30th instance of pronouncing ration as RAY-tion, I wanted to scream. He also has a tendency to slur his words and this affects his reading and the story. There were a couple of times when I wanted to turn the whole thing off and find another book to listen to, but the story kept me going.
I'd say the story is very good, but the narration is only fair. I'd probably give this about a 3.5 stars overall.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By J. A. Hill on 08-18-14
Fantastic book, gripping story well read.
What did you like most about Frozen in Time?
Fantastic story of human survival and spirit
What did you like best about this story?
I like how it combines a WW2 story with a modern day quest to find the crash site of one of the rescue planes.
What about Mitchell Zuckoff’s performance did you like?
Very well read with a real passion for the subject
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This is a very engaging story more about the people involved than their flying machines. It's a very personal story too about the struggles to launch an expedition to Greenland to find the heroes frozen in ice.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Joe on 12-18-15
Make sure you read this.
In 1942 a Grumman Duck aeroplane crashed on the Greenland ice cap, shortly afterwards a B17 was sent out on a search and rescue mission to look for the Duck but this too crashed into the ice cap. The planes and the bodies were never recovered. This book tells the modern day story of how Lou Sapienza organised a modern day mission to recover the planes and the bodies but the book cleverly switches between the story of the crashed airmen in 1942 and modern day events. This book is an incredible mix of history and adventure and I just loved it. One of the best books I've read in 2015.