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STORM: STORIES OF SURVIVAL FROM LAND AND SEA Willis 2000
By Willis, Clint
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2000, 1st edition. 363 pp, photos.  Adrenaline Books' search for the world's best and most exciting reading has taken readers from the peaks of Everest to the jungles of Papua, New Guinea. Now, publishing's most successful adventure literature series returns with Storm, first-hand accounts of battling the elements: hurricanes; blizzards; tornadoes; sandstorms - in mountains, seas, plains, and jungles.
 
Included are sections from sailors, climbers, captains, and other hardy souls, such as Patrick O'Brien, Stephen Venables, Chris Bonington, Sebastian Junger, Joseph Conrad and Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Harrowing adventures that test human endurance, Storm contains stories of individuals who must fight to stay alive: Barry Lopez is trapped among arctic floes by a sudden squall; Art Davidson's team freezes in a wind storm on Mt. McKinley as the temperature hits 148 degrees below zero; an idyllic sail turns tragic when Gordon Chaplin loses his ship and lover in a South Pacific typhoon. Adrenaline Books presents the latest installment of the most thrilling accounts of men and women who have had to face the full force of nature's fury.
 
In its latest compilation of short works and extracts about people in dire straits, Willis (editor, Dark: Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural) presents stories of survival in storms. The opening piece is a riveting, disturbing essay by a man who lost his wife and boat after deciding to ride out a typhoon instead of seeking shelter. In another, one of the guides of the doomed 1996 Everest expedition describes what led to his losing several members to exposure.
 
The 18 stories are a mixture of fiction, memoir, and description and cover a variety of circumstances and times. John Muir, Leo Tolstoy, Wallace Stegner, Richard Byrd, Jack London, and Sebastian Junger are among the writers represented. The individual pieces are interesting, sometimes even absorbing, but the overall effect is much the same for all: storms are big, man is small, and strength, character, and preparation make the difference between survival and disappearance. New Paperback.

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