Earlier this month I tweeted “What if school textbooks were written as thriller novels? The students would be up all night turning pages and actually read every word.” There’s a book I just finished reading on my Kindle that does read like a thriller and is based on a true story from World War II. It may not be an actual school textbook but it does make huge strides to make boring history lessons things of the past.
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II is a thrilling true story of survival in the unforgiving realm of the Arctic region of Greenland. Nine men were stranded there when their plane crashed and were forced to wage nonstop combat against the elements while awaiting their daring rescue.
A second story unfolds during the progression of the book, a narration on a recent expedition to Greenland to find and recover this same plane from deep underneath the ice, in fact the expedition took place just last year. The author himself was part of the expedition team and documented the efforts to locate the buried plane.
This story is told extremely well and unfolds so dramatically that I had a very hard time putting the book down. The pages kept flying as I eagerly awaited to see what happened next during the long ordeal faced by the stranded crew. It also left me with a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by the Coast Guard to rescue those nine men, as well as the sacrifices they continue to make today.