While driving a big rig up the Dalton Highway to the North Slope oil fields in Alaska, Birch becomes the “one and only” after a shakes the arctic world asunder. He survives the disaster in his personally-designed 80-foot boat named SASSY (Safety and Satellite Ship/ Yacht) that was destined for offshore oil-field work. With this boat and its sophisticated storehouse of gear, food, and water he begins his quest to find other living people in the changed land and seascape. Birch survives, but where are all the people: Native villages, military radar sites, and oil field infrastructure? Befriended by a lone eagle and a family of wolves, Birch overcomes unique, challenging, life-threatening obstacles with courage, frontier inventiveness, and even a touch of old Alaskan sourdough.
|Series:||Birch, The One And Only: A Worldwide Cataclysmic Occurrence Leaves an Alaskan Alone in the Arctic|
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About the Author
Garry Chandler could easily have lived the life of Birch if such a disaster had occurred in his history of construction in the northern regions of Alaska. Like many longtime Alaskans, he became skilled in many fields to keep up with the changing dynamics of Alaska over his 50-year-plus residency. He was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has held a general contractor's license since he got out of the army in 1965, having served in the 82d Airborne Division and the 173d Airborne Brigade(Sep). In the decades since, he has set up drilling camps all over the arctic coast, worked as a teamster during the first sea lift into Prudhoe Bay, worked on the first section of the Dalton Highway to the North Slope, and was superintendent for some of the larger projects in Alaska. He worked for Alyeska Pipeline Company in many positions to include right-of-way work north of the Brooks Range. Garry Chandler has done a masterful job of translating his personal knowledge of the arctic region of Alaska into Birch's experiences in this book.