My first impression on first picking up this book was that perhaps this was a book for blokes. Bear Grylls who has written the foreword is best known as a television presenter for the television series “Man vs Wild” which is presently being shown on Prime.
When I got further into this book I was totally caught up in the stories to the point I was burning dinner – always a great sign in this household that Mum has a good book.
There are 60 stories in all, with categories – Survival, Prison, War, Shipwrecks and Hostages. What amazed me was that many of the stories most of us are familiar with from events in history, or are ones that have happened during our own lifetime. The bravery that comes through in many of the stories are both heart breaking and warming.
The stories range from survival in the Antarctic ice in the early 1900’s to pilots shot down over the USSR in the 1970’s. Not forgetting the tragedy of 9/11, to prison escapes – Alcatraz, to aeroplane hijackings; wartime escapes from World War II to the Pol Pot regime. Shipwrecks from Shackleton to Captain Bligh and finally stories of people held hostage – journalist Terry Anderson for over six years to Colombian Presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt.
This book is a great read and not just a book for blokes. With Christmas and our summer holidays not that far away, Extreme Survivors would be a great gift. I thoroughly enjoyed the many stories and have come to the conclusion that this is a book suitable for all tastes.
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
by Bear Grylls (foreword)
Published by HarperCollins