The Last Run by Todd Lewan
A True Story of Rescue and Redemption on the Alaska Seas

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It was a desperate mission that made front-page headlines and captured the attention of millions of readers around the world. In January 1998, in the dead of an Alaskan winter, a cataclysmic Arctic storm with hurricane-force winds and towering seas forced five fishermen to abandon their vessel in the Gulf of Alaska and left them adrift in thirty-eight-degree water with no lifeboat. Their would-be rescuers were 150 miles away at the Coast Guard station, with the nearby airport shut down by an avalanche.

The Last Run is the epic tale of the wreck of the oldest registered fishing schooner in Alaska, a hellish Arctic tempest, and the three teams of aviators in helicopters who withstood 140-mph gusts and hovered alongside waves that were ten stories high. But what makes this more than a true-life page-turner is its portrait of untamed Alaska and the unflappable spirit of people who forge a different kind of life on America's last frontier, the "end of the roaders" who are drawn to, or flee to, Alaska to seek a final destiny.


About Todd Lewan

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Todd Lewan joined the Associated Press as a correspondent in 1988. In 1996 he became an editor on AP's international desk, and later a national features writer. In 1998 he received several feature-writing prizes for this story.
Published October 26, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 386 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, History. Non-fiction

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Associated Press reporter Lewan offers a taut retelling of the 1998 story of five fishermen whose aging boat sank during an angry storm off the coast of Alaska, and of the predictably nail-biting Coast Guard rescue mission that followed.

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Entertainment Weekly

In the central story of the spectacular maritime page-turner The Last Run, five scruffy Alaska fishermen stayed out too long one blustery afternoon in 1998 -- they wanted more yellow eye -- and soon were boatless and bobbing around in Arctic waters as Coast Guard helicopters battled hurricane-for...

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USA Today

The Last Run by Todd Lewan (HarperCollins, $24.95) is a gripping account of a 1998 fishing disaster during an Arctic storm in the Gulf of Alaska and a heroic rescue mission by Coast Guard aviators.

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All of the protagonists are male, and there are few sympathetic female characters—Bob Doyle and the Coast Guard captain, Ted LeFeuvre, have both been abandoned by classic bitches, women who take their kids and leave them to eat TV dinners and/or drink whiskey in the wreckage of their ruined lives.

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Further fuelled by Nora’s — John’s New Hampshire romantic flame — need to finance the saving of the local schoolhouse, Deveney is determined to come up with the funds to foot the bill for his mother’s surgery and Nora’s venture.

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