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Ice Trek

By (author) Ewan Clarkson
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Cornerstone, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Century
Published: 29th Apr 1989
Dimensions: w 210mm h 250mm
Weight: 299g
ISBN-10: 0712612734
ISBN-13: 9780712612739
Barcode No: 9780712612739

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More of the same from Clarkson (The Badgers of Summercombe, The Wake of the Storm): stirring natural drama and man against hoary beast - in this case, two lost Alaskan fliers on the wrong side of a grizzly. Vietnam vet Steve Larsen runs a travel agency specializing in exotic tours, which is what puts him on the small plane flying through a storm near Alaska's rugged and desolate Brooks Range - he's scouting possible sites for his rich clients to visit. With him is a taciturn Eskimo named Chief Joe Umiak, who runs a whaleboat in his native village and is highly suspicious of white men. Suddenly the plane is forced to crash-land; the pilot is killed but Umiak and Larsen survive to begin their great trek to safety. Umiak's skill brings them down out of the mountains, although they're followed by a grizzly who has eaten theody of the pilot and now has a taste for men. Larsen hates Umiak for knowing more than he does about how to survive, and Umiak thinks Larsen is an albatross who (with a bad leg and minimal nature skills) will get them both killed. Gradually. however, they reach a kind of understanding and mutual respect, with Umiak teaching Larsen the old nomad life, how the People used to live before the coming of the Whites. And with Larsen showing some old-fashioned White know-how by dispatching the troublesome grizzly with a homemade bomb of aviation fuel. In the end, it's Larsen who signals a rescue plane when Umiak is delirious with fever. Old-style but very readable wilderness adventure, with a YA-tinge. (Kirkus Reviews)