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Author: Carol Shaben Narrator: Tiffany Morgan Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2013 ISBN: 9781619696426
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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 being escorted to face charges.

Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, had been put 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shaben writes from the inside out, as in the best non-fiction, creating a nuanced and tightly braided portrait of four men and their shared trauma that is by turns terrifying and deeply humane. Every line in this story rings true.”

    John Vaillant, author of The Tiger

  • “Electrifying…Shaben’s riveting narrative is filled with heart and the story is well told.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[T]his is a complex, chilling narrative rendered with depth and precision, engaged in both its characters and the larger social moment…A worthy addition to the canon of extreme-survival nonfiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Carol Shaben is a freelance writer, author, and journalist from Vancouver, Canada. She has won two Canadian National Magazine Awards—a Gold Medal for Investigative Reporting and a Silver Medal for Politics and Public Interest—for articles that highlighted the subject of her first book, Into the Abyss.

About the Narrator

Tiffany Morgan is a film and television actress who has starred in The Mist, Green Lantern, and The Joneses, as well as television’s The Vampire Diaries and Nashville.