Into the Abyss

Author(s): Carol Shaben

Biography / Memoir

This is the astonishing true life adventure story of a plane crash in the wilds of northern Canada...and the four men who survived to tell the tale.


On a wintry October night in 1984, nine passengers boarded a Piper Navajo commuter plane bound for remote communities in the far north of Canada. Only four people - strangers from wildly different backgrounds - will survive the night that follows: the pilot, a prominent politician, an accused criminal and the rookie policeman escorting him. Into the Abyss is a dramatic tale of tragedy, a coming of age story and a compassionate account of how four men resurrected shattered lives. Like Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air or Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, the book will trace the arcs of each character's life and fight for survival. It will also follow four men's transformative journeys from the depths of physical and spiritual loss to the riches of lives begun anew.

Forthcoming, November 2012



In October 1984 a small passenger plane crashed in the wilds of Alberta, Canada. Only four survived the crash, the pilot, a politician, a cop and the prisoner he was shackled to. The prisoner survived with barely a scratch. A great and absorbing read that I thoroughly enjoyed. - Peter

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'It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.' Joseph Campbell

Carol Shaben is the daughter of crash survivor Larry Shaben. An award-winning writer, she has spent years researching the story and interviewing those involved.

General Fields

  • : 9780230762930
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Macmillan
  • : July 2012
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : Open market ed
  • : English
  • : 363.1240971
  • : 300
  • : Carol Shaben