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On 12 October 2010 the world's attention was fixed on a remote Chilean mine.

Final preparations were underway for a daring rescue to end the longest underground entrapment in human history. Learn how 33 trapped men and the rescuers dedicated to saving them created a miracle in the desert. What those men experienced in the claustrophobic dark of the mine, and how their families kept faith, makes this an unforgettable story.

©2011 Jonathan Franklin (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Gemma
  • 08-02-2012

Informative but a bit dry

This book chronicles the months that the Chilean miners were trapped, from the day of the collapse to the day of release. I wanted to know about the psychology of the miners' experience, how they felt and how they coped with the situation and what they did down there. Some of that is explored but not in enough depth for my liking so I finished it feeling a bit frustrated. As a listener I felt like a distant observer rather than putting myself in the shoes of the trapped men.

The book alternates between explaining what was happening in the mine and what was going on above ground with the politicians and rescue efforts. Because the author was with the rescuers and politicians the book leans more heavily towards that side, which wasn't my area of interest.

I suppose the author wanted to stick to the facts he had got himself but I wish it had been a bit less dry and more colourful and imaginative.

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  • CG
  • 06-11-2012


A fantastic, well-written and fascinating insight. This true story is utterly heart-warming and moving. Highly recommended.

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