ISLAND IN THE SKY by Ernest K. Gann


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Saga of men against the north in a story of the ferry command under Army Air -- and of Dooley, who had twenty years of almost unbroken record in commercial air flight, only to come down -- ice bound -- somewhere in the unchartered northland. Dooley was the of a small group, closely knit by their background, and all else took second place as they came in to headquarters, determined to find him, and his crew, though the clues were slight. An unknown lake beyond unknown mountains -- and a time schedule -- and faith. Army red tape hampered them; radio contact was almost lost; the frozen north destroyed the tools of their trade of navigation. And what of Dooley? Food, scantily apportioned, for six days; no wild life; no shelter at 60 below; five men who counted on him; a radio dependent on power from a virtually gasless plane; a blizzard -- and faith. This is the story of how men won against the north. Starkly told, -- another contribution to the understanding of total war.

Pub Date: July 17th, 1944
ISBN: 0553288571
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1944