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Audiences proved their love for stories set on the high seas years ago and continue to devour both fiction and nonfiction on the subject. Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm (discovered by us back in 1997) is a fine example of the thrills such stories provide. Now journalist Todd Lewan flies into the stormy fray with his tale of a daring helicopter rescue on the frigid Alaska seas.
Years ago, when pitching Seabiscuit for the first time, we invoked The Perfect Storm, citing the triumvirate of subjects that came together to make something truly exciting occur. In the case of The Perfect Storm, the eponymous storm was the subject; in Seabiscuit, the horse that became an American icon emerged from the braided stories of three men who followed their instincts and took a risk on the equine underdog. In The Last Run, Lewan pulls together a number of strands -- the perspective of the fishermen, trapped on their crippled boat; the bravery of the Coast Guard teams who rescued them; and the tale of the hellacious storm itself -- to describe a spine-tingling adventure that was all too true. Lewan opens the book with two hunters who stumble onto fresh piles of bear scat and then spy the fragments of a human carcass; the tide of tension surges from there. Readers, hang on, you're in for a wild ride. (Fall 2004 Selection)