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Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

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    This book is an amazing tale of survival and the will to keep on living. The determined efforts of each member of each helicopter crew were described in such detail that you feel each and every emotion that the crew experienced, from tragedy to triumph. Just an amazing story of the determination to live and save another human being. A great portrayal of the lives of Alaskan fishermen and the members of the United States Coast Guard. An amazing read for everyone...especially if you like the 'Deadliest Catch' on the Discovery Channel!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    Great Story, story teller!!!

    Spike Walker is the best writer of misshaps on the waters of Alaska to date. I interviewed Spike on his book signing tour in Ketchikan, Alaska, just after 'Coming back Alive' was printed. I previewed the book and couldn't put it down. I started commercial fishing at the age of 15 and have heard many a stories, but Spike has a way of bringing you right there with the people that lived the experience. Many fisherman and Coast Guardsmen have read this book as you really don't know what it's like to be out in that type of weather first hand until a writer like Spike comes along. For me it brought back many memories. Thanks Spike for bringing the insight of the things that those tough sometimes maybe crazy fisherman go through in thier lives. Oh, the interview about Spike and his book won first place in the Alaska Press Club Awards Contest that year. It just happened two of my fishing friends had footage from the same boat that Spike fished crab on, showing the ice conditions, pulling pots and big seas. This is a must read along with Spikes other books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    A day in the life of...

    Decent read, though it helped I personally knew a significant count of the characters... Some inacuracies bothered me-- namely the COVER-- the helo pictured on front is a H-65 Dolphin- it was a H-60 Jayhawk used on the rescue... the only helo type located at Air Station Sitka. Seriously-- shouldn't someone have looked into that?? Overall-- an interesting look into a day in the life of a Sitkan- whether fisherman, coastie, or just a good ole carhartt wearin, xtratuf toatin born& bred Southeaster! Allows for some due respect to those putting their lives on the line daily. Thanks guys!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001


    I only wish that there were more than 5 stars in the ratings! This book is outstanding!!! I wish that James Michener was still alive to beable to give a review of THIS one!!! What a GREAT read!!! I will most definitely read THIS one again and again and again!!! After seeing the movie and reading the book, 'The Perfect Storm', I was a little leery of reading this book, fearful that it might leave me with the same, sad and depressed state of mind that I was in when done with 'The Perfect Storm'. I thought that I would NEVER get the lump out of my throat when finished with the movie! Then I read THIS book and Mr. Walker didn't disappoint me!!! I felt good, I felt relieved, jubilant, tense, subdued when a death occurred, and VERY much appreciated the respect that Mr. Walker treated both the survivors, the deaths and the families from both extremes!!! Compassionate, thrilling, respectful, informative, left me at times feeling light-headed, TENSE, all the things that it takes to write a GREAT book!!! It left me with a good, uplifting feeling and bewildered my mind with the capabilities of mankind and the dedication of the Coast Guard!!! These men daily put their lives on the line and 'Coming Back Alive...' vividly portrays the experiences these men go through. This is a book that EVERYONE should read. Life will be a bit more sacred for it!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    fascinating story

    Great read about some REAL heroes. Better than Batman - 'cause it's all true!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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