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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin W. Sandler Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative in 1897. In that particular year, winter came early, bringing with it storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and about three hundred sailors off guard. The ships were imprisoned in ice with no hope of escape. With limited provisions on board the ships that hadn’t been crushed by the ice, there was little hope these men could survive until warmer temperatures arrived at least ten months later.

Martin Sandler tells the incredible, true adventure story of three men who were ordered by President McKinley to carry out an overland rescue that covered 1,500 miles of treacherous Alaskan terrain in the dead of winter. Their mission was to drive two herds of reindeer out to feed the starving men. With their own survival in the balance, these men battled raging storms, killing cold, injured sled dogs, and their own will to continue to bring relief to the stranded whale men. Entries from the journals of two of the rescuers and photographs taken by the third key member of the unlikely expedition dramatically document every mile of their heroic, unprecedented journey.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Warnie B. | 2/3/2014

    " When I saw this at the library, I couldn't resist, naturally--I'm a little bit of a sucker when it comes to Arctic/Antarctic survival tales, and this is a great one. Sandler did an excellent job of setting up the story and making the people involved really stand out as individuals, and the photographs are a fantastic addition. Definitely recommended for teens and adults interested in survival/adventure stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caro | 2/1/2014

    " Exhausting just to read about what they endured. Shackleton's feat still stands as the most compelling story, but these men and their animals come close. Great photos, but a bit more detail than I wanted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacey | 1/30/2014

    " Brilliant, right up my alley. Rescue mission, cold, reindeer! I loved the story, I loved the pacing, I loved the extra data at the end, I loved the audio version. The only thing is that now I want to see the print version so I can look at the photos! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 1/24/2014

    " An incredible story bolstered by wonderful writing, excellent photographs, and the words of the people involved. Has its dry spots, but overall a good tale of adventure and history. "

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