BOOK REVIEW – Frozen In Time: an Epic Story of Survival

Mitchell Zuckoff (Author, Narrator), HarperAudio (Publisher)

An Audiobook Review by Jackie Houchin

   Frozen In Time is an extraordinary true story about WWII servicemen on missions who crashed their war planes on Greenland’s ice cap in 1942-3 and the daring and sometimes unsuccessful attempts at rescuing them. It’s about human survival under unendurable circumstances, valor, and selflessness beyond imagination.  It is at once uplifting and heartbreaking as rescue planes searched in vain, and then rescue attempts failed, as rations dwindled and ended, and as frostbite and gangrene took its toll. On top of that, glaciers would open fathomless crevasses and swallow men and equipment without a trace.

Against horrendous odds, some of these men were rescued. I loved how, in the Epilogue, the author followed each of these men in their lives post-Greenland to their natural deaths, mentioning their gratitude and wonderful accomplishments.

However, some crash victims were left missing, then lost. Towards the end of the book the author follows two timelines – the original final rescue of five men in Spring of 1943 – and the 2011 attempts to locate an entire cargo rescue plane with three men aboard that had disappeared in a blizzard with no contact. The writer left that search with hope and a vow to be on any further attempts to exhume the plane and bring those men home.

Reading this book gave me a deeper appreciation of servicemen in all arenas and especially the Coast Guard, whose “mantra” regarding their bothers in peril is “You have to go out. You don’t have to come back.” No man – dead or alive – is to be left behind

God bless and keep these men and women.

FIVE stars




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