Into the Abyss - Carol Shaben

Into the Abyss

By Carol Shaben

  • Release Date: 2013-05-21
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 175 Ratings


Read the "gripping and emotionally affecting" book where four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to (Washington Post).

On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly. Larry Shaben, the author's father and Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. Constable Scott Deschamps was escorting Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant. Against regulations, Archambault's handcuffs were removed-a decision that would profoundly impact the men's survival.

As the men fight through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth, and status are erased, and each man is forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence.


  • Gut wrenching, emotional and great read

    By susannahermana
    A true story, one that makes the reader also evaluate life. Def recommend.
  • Into the Abyss

    By Coonie Lou
    I tend to enjoy true books the most. To me this was very well written even though it is not an uplifting story. I felt the pain of all involved in the crash.
  • Bittersweet

    By Fortfun
    Fascinating look at the aftermath of a Canadian plane crash & how it altered the course of the lives of the survivors. Inspiring & heartbreaking at times. Great read for any adventure writing fans.