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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (Oct. 10 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786884460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786884469
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ranger TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 25 2009
Format: Paperback
The Karluk's story really is one of a deserter and a hero. The expedition leader Stefansson, realizing his old and run-down vessel will not carry him to the promise land (being trapped in ice), desert ship and left Robert Bartlett holding the faith of the crew in his hand.

Barlett, a couragous, ressourful man takes it upon himself to save those under him, by leading a desesperate walk over the ice-flow to Wrangel Island. What makes this desesparate struggle stand apart from other Artic or Antarctic adventure is that 3 of the men under Bartlett (James Murray, Dr Allister Mackay and Henri Beauchat) thought they knew better and slipt rank. Murray (Endurance) and Mackay (Nimrod) had served under Shackelton and coudn't bear being ordered by a "lesser" man like Bartlett (who himself served under Peary).

Result? Bartlett saved most of the men under him and the trio of deserters was never heard of again...
Bartlett ultimatly had to leave most of his charges on Wrangel Island, while he and an Eskimo ally made an extraordinary, unbelievable journey through Siberia, Bering Strait and Alaska to get help.

Bottom line, The Ice Master is a Master of a book.
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By M. Pack on June 24 2008
Format: Hardcover
Think you've had a hard day at work? Think again! Have a read of this wonderfully written book and may you never complain again.

Spellbinding in tale and composition... a fabulous job of writing the tale of a practically unimaginable story of hardship and endurance.

The only other book I've read of equal impact concerning the hardship of making a living "on the ice" is "Death on the Ice", by Cassie Brown. The mere fact that "Ice Master" compares with "Death on the Ice" is reason enough to read it.

Get this book, read it, and you can thank me for recommending it later.
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This is one of those books where you can't put it down until you read one more page, and then it becomes two, and then ten. Excellent book. I would not hesitate to read another offering by this author.
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I haven't read a book from cover to cover in years. I picked this one up and could not put it down. The other reviews provide a nice summary of the story, so I won't repeat them, but I just wanted to "vote" here to give this my TOP rating. The haunting, cold, survival story has the added dimension that it is a true story - assembled from the diaries and interviews of the actual people who this happened to. This would make for a wonderful PBS movie, or a mini-series
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I haven't ready a book from cover to cover in years. I picked this one up and could not put it down. The haunting, cold, survival story has the added dimension that is is a true story - assembled from the diaries and interviews of the actual people who this happened to. This would make for a wonderful PBS movie, or a mini-series
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I was mesmerized from the first page. Jennifer Niven's narration and superior writing skills have brought this piece of history alive in this fantastic book. I highly recommend it. I am anxiously looking forward to her sequel.
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By rusgc on Feb. 10 2003
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Great read for any artic Exploration or adventure reader. Comparison to Endurance and the Shackleton story are incredibly interesting. They ocurred at the same time frame, at opposite ends of the Globe. The contrast in leadership between the 2 leaders, or lack there of, is gripping.
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By A Customer on Jan. 31 2003
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This book was absolutely fabulous!!! Ms. Niven is truly an incredible writer. Her descriptions of the men, the families and the conditions tugged at my heart like no other story I've come across. This must become a movie!!!!
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