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When the survivors of an airliner crash are rescued and brought to a nearby IGY weather-research station, complications ensue: A survivor's apparent suffocation, the sabotage of the station's radio, and disappearing supplies.
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Further investigation by IGY scientists Mason and Jackstraw uncovers the fact that the passengers were doped before the crash, and the pilots and a dead passenger were murdered. And why would an airliner scheduled to land in Reykjavik, Iceland have been so off-course?

Limited resources and supplies force Mason, Jackstraw, and the survivors to undertake a trek via tractor to the expedition base, 300 miles away. When a plot that threatens world peace is uncovered, the criminals escape with the tractor, leaving the stranded party facing a blizzard.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   planewreck    -   surviving elements in wilderness    -   being chased through wilderness Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Terrain    -   Ice

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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