The Last Run 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… The Last Run 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… 2004-06-29 Nonfiction
Book Review

The Last Run (2004)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Jun 29, 2004; Writer: Todd Lewan; Genre: Nonfiction

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-force winds while trying to rescue them. The fishermen came from the Alaska of flophouses and rampant alcoholism -- a seedy milieu that author Todd Lewan brings to malodorous, sympathetic life.

We're also given an intimate look at the workings of the Coast Guard through the upstanding and rigid captain who engineered the rescue -- and who later, understandably, wondered whether these lives were worth it. Obsessively reported, meticulously crafted, morally complex, and action-crammed, ''The Last Run'' is one perfect storm of a book.

Originally posted Jul 06, 2004 Published in issue #773 Jul 09, 2004 Order article reprints