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The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure    by Martin Sandler order for
Impossible Rescue
by Martin Sandler
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Always a dangerous proposition, whaling off the coast of Alaska was particularly precarious in 1897 when an early winter brought with it a series of storms.

This is the true tale of how eight American whale ships and about 300 sailors were trapped in the ice with little hope of escape. Martin Sandler tells the harrowing story of three men who were ordered by President McKinley to carry out an overland rescue that covered 1,500 miles of dangerous terrain in the dead of winter.

Their mission was to drive two herds of reindeer to the icebound ships to feed the starving crew members. Entries from the rescuers' journals and photos they took along the way are used to document this harrowing and unprecedented operation.

Those who enjoy history and true life adventure yarns will find this a captivating narrative.

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