Frozen in Time

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

A compelling look at both the historical events of 1942, and the modern-day search to recover the remains of the rescue mission.

It’s always a good sign when I find myself reading parts of a book out loud to my husband, as I know that he’ll enjoy the story as well. This is one of those books where I read him quite a bit of it, and ended up summarizing the rest of it. It’s an amazing, and at times heart-breaking, tale.

Zuckoff does an excellent job at bringing to life the struggle for survival on the ice that took place during the winter of 1942 in Greenland. He also brings the reader alongside the contemporary search for the Coast Guard’s Grumman Duck that crashed while ferrying one of the crash survivors to safety. Greenland is an unforgiving land, and that fact becomes abundantly clear throughout the narrative.

A heads-up about the tale though: if you think you might read it, beware of indiscriminate searching online for details about the events discussed. The contemporary search for the Duck and whether or not they’ll find any trace of it is such a big piece of the overall story, and if you find out in advance the outcome it will take away much of the suspense. Don’t do it!

Recommended for fans of survival tales and history.

Publisher’s Description:
Two harrowing crashes . . . A vanished rescue plane . . . A desperate fight for life in a frozen, hostile land . . . The quest to solve a seventy-year-old mystery

The author of the smash New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La delivers a gripping true story of endurance, bravery, ingenuity, and honor set in the vast Arctic wilderness of World War II and today.

On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine flight slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and 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 flew into a severe storm and vanished.

In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing disasters 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 by sheltering from subzero temperatures and vicious blizzards in the tail section of the broken B-17 until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen attempts to bring them to safety.

But that is only part of the story that unfolds in Frozen in Time. In present-day Greenland, Zuckoff joins the U.S. Coast Guard and North South Polar—a company led by the indefatigable dreamer Lou Sapienza, who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Duck’s last flight—on a dangerous expedition to recover the remains of the lost plane’s crew.

Drawing on intensive research and Zuckoff ’s firsthand account of the dramatic 2012 expedition, 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.

Book Details

Title: Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War IIFrozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
Author: Mitchell Zuckoff
Category: Nonfiction / History
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. LOL. The last paragraph of your review made me laugh, because if my husband was reading this book, he would totally Google what happened! 🙂

    • I was so so so tempted to Google it but resisted, and I’m glad I did. My husband would probably look for it too, and a summary article saying what happened that he could read in a lot less time than the entire book would take. 🙂

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