New book. 147 pages. Softcover. ISBN 9780615396781. PennTex Books.
A Book You Must Read! Blind Descent is a gripping insider’s account of an adventure gone horribly wrong and what really happened on a plane crash while flying supplies to Antarctica that made headlines around the world. A harrowing tale of disaster and heroism, in one of the most remote inhospitable places on Earth told in rich, cinematic detail by author Robert Hess, a retired flight engineer who lived through it all.
TERROR IN THE ANTARCTIC WASTELAND
After regaining consciousness and crawling from the twisted wreckage of the plane, Robert Hess surveyed the landscape around him: the icy desert of Antarctica stared back, a white emptiness as far as he could see. Then, from inside the plane came the screams of his mangled friend and the keening of frightened sled dogs.
Only a year earlier, Hess had been a retired flight engineer working for the phone company when an old friend made him an intriguing proposition: help fly supplies to Antarctica as part of famous explorer Norman Vaughan's expedition to climb Mt. Vaughan. It was a job Hess couldn t pass up, and he worked tirelessly with his friends to make it happen.
But now, he and his comrades found themselves fighting desperately to stay alive.
About the Author
A Vietnam veteran, Robert Hess served in the Air Force as an aircraft and missile maintenance technician. After leaving the military he became a flight engineer and currently works as an aircraft maintenance technician in the private sector. A cancer survivor since 2006, he currently lives in Texas with his wife.