Collected for the first time in Nights of Ice, these eight true stories recount the harrowing ordeals of those who haul fish aboard Alaskan fishing vessels. As workers in one of the world's most dangerous - and lucrative - professions, the crewmen in Nights of Ice face a constant onslaught of roaring waves, stories-high swells, and life-stealing ice. Within seconds, a vessCollected for the first time in Nights of Ice, these eight true stories recount the harrowing ordeals of those who haul fish aboard Alaskan fishing vessels. As workers in one of the world's most dangerous - and lucrative - professions, the crewmen in Nights of Ice face a constant onslaught of roaring waves, stories-high swells, and life-stealing ice. Within seconds, a vessel such as the forty-ton Tidings can fill with icy water and slip into the depths, hurling crewmen into the freezing ocean and entombing the skipper inside its sinking hull. A ship like the Mia Dawn can run aground on a piece of submerged rock and immediately ice over, sinking steadily as her crew, battered by hypothermia and ninety-mph winds, assembles a life raft to await helicopter rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard. Tested by the elements, ravaged by their own emotions, the seamen in these extraordinary stories battle both fear and the violent unpredictability of nature. As Spike Walker's deft narration reveals, they do so with courage, instinct, and an unrelenting will to survive....
|Title||:||Nights of Ice: True Stories of Disaster and Survival on Alaska's High Seas|
|Number of Pages||:||206 Pages|
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Nights of Ice: True Stories of Disaster and Survival on Alaska's High Seas Reviews
What a rush! If you are a fan of the show "Deadliest Catch", then you will definitely enjoy this book. It was written a few years before the show aired and it gave me my first glimpse into the life of an Alaskan crab fisherman. As one of the men in the book said (and I'm paraphrasing because I do not have the book in front of me), "You can make alot of money...if you live". One seaman had to use his head as a battering ram to escape his sinking ship. Even escaping a ship is no guarantee of survival, however, since the seas are so cold and storms are common. The book also delves into the rescue teams who fly helicopters in some of the worst weather imaginable to find those who are in peril. After reading this you'll wonder how these men could do this for a living.
These amazing true stories rip along like a jet boat at the brink of doom. They show us something of the amazing tenacity of the human spirit and even of miracles. If you crave Alaskan adventure stories, you might also try The Golden Catch, a thriller/adventure novel where the action unfolds in the stormy Aleutians. --Roger Weston, author of The Golden Catch
This book didn't disappoint me with Spike Walker's style of writing. I enjoyed it a lot, but it wasn't as long as his other books, so it seemed I got through it faster than I wanted, and there was no more left. Guess I need another Spike Walker....
A collection of 8 short stories about survival and tragedy in the cold waters of Alaska. I just could not put this book down, read it in one day.
interesting though frequently profane tales of survival in extreme danger and freezing temperatures.