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The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0763650803
LANGUAGE: English

"When winter comes unexpectedly early in 1897, eight whaling ships and 300 sailors are stranded in the ice. Although a scientist, a whaling station owner and some of the indigenous peoples provided shelter and food, supplies would certainly run out before the ships could be freed. This engaging nonfiction title describes the journey of three men who traveled across the frozen Alaskan territory driving herds of reindeer ahead of them, a sort of Meals on Wheels to keep the whalers alive. It's hard not to be amazed at the courage of David Jarvis, Samuel Call, and Ellsworth Bertholf who made that journey as described in vivid detail in the book's thirteen chapters. The inclusion of photographs and back matter telling what happened to the men after the mission ended adds to the book's appeal. Readers will wonder at the courage of these men and their dog teams, of course, while also pondering about the environmental changes in the Arctic region over the past century. " said.

" I found it really hard to care. Too many names, too many dudes, too much snow, too many disasters: it all ran together and turned into mush in my brain. I do think that Arctic exploration and adventures are interesting and exciting, but this book didn't do enough to make those adventures distinctive and engaging. " said.

" A very fast read, but full of pictures from a most ridiculous rescue adventure, which I'd never heard of. " said.

"A low quality writer, using his low quality skills to produce a low quality book.

Spoiler alert: Martin does not gain enough money to buy a dictionary and probably is too old to know what the Internet is. So impossible actually means long and boring. The guy actually has a very limited understanding of the vocabulary he uses, like "the Arctic waters freezing over more solidly every day".

Oh, and the story is about some soldiers of fortune killing whales.

Overall Martin has a problem grasping the meaning of words, yet he is a skilled witch and clairvoyant as he can recall things that happened (to him?) a century ago like it was yesterday.
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"Absolutely loved this book! Some nonfiction can tend on the dry side, but this gripping story is far from that. This is the true story of how one small band of men rescued the trapped whalers from eight ships frozen fast in the Arctic Circle. It took a journey of almost 2,000 miles by foot and sled, many native guides, hundreds of reindeer, a letter from the President, a missionary, the heir to a prominent condiment company, and the tenacious will of all to not give up, for this endeavor to be fully completed in the middle of an Arctic winter, against all odds, and doing what had never been done before." said.

"Great book about an amazing story of 3 Revenue Cutter Service officers sent on a near impossible journey to get a herd of reindeer through the Alaskan wilderness during winter to stranded whalers in the far north of Alaska. The story is not only about these 3 men, but also all the people who helped them and the whalers during these testing times. The author gives good background on all the events and people that were involved and at the back of the book their lives after the rescue. The photographs taken by one member, Dr. Call, is also a great edition to the book. The book is a page turner and made me think, are there many men or women on earth today that would be able to survive a journey like this like the one they did?..." said.

" I enjoyed reading this book. I recently became interested in reading about other parts of the world and the Arctic has always been a place I wanted to learn more about. " said.

" A harrowing, true story of shipwrecks, survival, and daring rescue. Great use of period photographs. " said.

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