I’d begun reading this book over a year ago. 50 pages in, I stopped for some reason. Going through my titles, I realized I’d never finished. I picked it up...yesterday...and read all night. Hence writing this review at 5am. This, in itself, should tell you that this is one hell of a great book. If it doesn’t, suffice it to say I’m still reeling from the emotional upheavals. I was devastated one moment, then filled with hope the next. I could almost feel the cold, hunger, hope and desolation, as if I were one of the men on DeLong’s voyage...the writing is THAT incredible! I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. Because a story like DeLong”s is an incredible story to begin with. But it’s the storytellers...from Gordon Bennett in HIS time, to this author now, who take these stories and write them in a way that make them resonate through their reader’s lives. A just Benediction, in a way, that bestow upon DeLong, Melville and the rest of their crew, their richly deserved immortality.