Christian Science Monitor reviewer Ben Frederick says “Frozen in Time” is a “remarkable tale of perseverance in the face of unimaginable odds.” He’s no fan of the modern account of the Duck Hunt expedition, but writes: “Zuckoff is a masterful writer when he keeps a journalistic distance from his subjects and allows his research to speak for itself.” To read the full Christian Science Monitor review, click here.
“Frozen in Time” became an instant New York TImes triple bestseller, appearing on the hardcover, ebook and combined lists based on its first week of sales (the lists were printed in the paper on May 12, 2013). In its second week, “Frozen” has moved up to No. 12 on the Times’ hardcover nonfiction list. To see the full list, click here.
CNN names “Frozen in Time” a “Must-Read Book for May” (and the only nonfiction among the five books chosen). Reviewer Christian Duchateau declares:
“When it comes to riveting nonfiction, author Mitchell Zuckoff has a knack for finding fascinating but forgotten stories from World War II. His last book, “Lost in Shangri-La,” recounted the true-life story of a U.S. military plane crash in the rainforests of New Guinea and how a small group of survivors, caught between enemy Japanese troops and a tribe of man-eating headhunters, were able to stay alive and are eventually rescued.
“Now in “Frozen in Time,” Zuckoff takes readers to a much colder clime, Greenland’s Ice Cap, the scene of another crash and another amazing rescue. There’s plenty of bad luck to go around and three plane crashes in the new book. First, a U.S. Skytrooper cargo plane goes down in 1942 over Greenland, then a B-17 bomber crashes during the subsequent search and rescue mission and then a “Duck,” a small amphibious plane also disappears looking for the downed airmen.
“That’s just the beginning of the story. The real struggle here is the nearly five months the crash survivors spent stranded on the ice, battling blizzards and sub-zero temperatures. Adding to the narrative, there’s also a connection to the present woven into the harrowing WWII tale. Nearly 70 years after the crash, Zuckoff, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and a group of polar explorers go back to Greenland looking for one of the original crash sites and a plane still believed to be buried under the ice. In both time periods, this is a truly suspenseful and thrilling American story of perseverance with a worthwhile payoff in the final pages.”
Dallas Morning News book reviewer Steve Weinberg writes, “His dual narrative is a welcome change of pace from so many other World War II books. It is well-researched and superbly written, as might be expected from a former Boston Globe reporter. … It is uncertain how Zuckoff’s loved ones felt about the dangerous mission. For readers, the derring-do makes a good book that much better.” To read the complete Dallas Morning News review, click here.
Five incredible members of the Duck Hunt team joined author Mitchell Zuckoff in Boston for a party to launch “Frozen in Time.” From left to right, Lou Sapienza, Frank Marley, Mitchell Zuckoff, Jetta Disco, Robert “WeeGee” Smith, and Jim Blow. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter)