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Almost Too Late

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Account of a family shipwrecked off Dall Island, Alaska in February, 1979 and their survival until rescued one month later.
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Published June 1st 1983 by Berkley (first published 1981)
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Virginia Welch
Mar 05, 2013 Virginia Welch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True story of a father and his three teenage children shipwrecked off the coast of Alaska in winter, 1981. It has a happy ending but it sure was painful to travel with this family. Not sure why I liked this book so much. I've had it on my library shelf for years. It's simply written and at times it's almost painful to observe the errors this man made in the care of his children, such as when he took them out into waters off the Alaska coastline in the middle of winter without an emergency radio. ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it interesting that I grew up next door to Randy Wortman and never knew that there had been a book written about his ordeal until it was assigned to me in my freshman literature class in high school. Their struggle is a true depiction of the wildness of the Alaskan outdoors that we call our backyard.
When I was a kid, I saw a Made-for-TV movie called "Anything to Survive" and I don't know why but it fascinated me and my family. Years later we happened across it again on TV and were again reminded of the movie we liked more than any other TV movie we'd ever seen. After reading The Raft I was reminded of this movie and searched for it online and discovered that "Anything to Survive" was based on a book about the actual event. I'd had no idea it was based on a real story so I was pretty excited ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Karrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about my friend Jena. Her husband and my husband were in stationed in the Coast Guard together in Florence, Oregon.
May 26, 2009 Mom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never go out in a boat in bad weather. The father drove me crazy. True story.
Jan 08, 2017 Momo rated it really liked it
Amazing story. May be out of print which is too bad. This family lived one hard adventure
Joel Horn
Feb 21, 2014 Joel Horn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. For a long time I hated Elmo for what I thought he did wrong to his daughters but as I grew and understood life more I realized he did a masters job of just telling the story as it stood with all human failings. The children and him went through a really rough adventure that I am sure made them into stronger people. As a new author of a story in the same genre I can appreciate deeply the story he told.
Apr 23, 2014 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be in the mood for survival stories lately and this one did not disappoint. An amazing story told told exceedingly well by a non-author, Elmo Wortman. Not only was their true life adventure gripping in its unfolding, but the family's unconventional lifestyle was intriguing. Highly recommend.
Lisa Vegan
Aug 05, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of adventure & family stories
I loved this book when I read it years ago. It was exciting, suspenseful, and I really cared about the people as I was reading it. It’s the true story of a father and his 3 teenage children, residents of Alaska, who take their boat to get supplies and get stranded in the wilderness in the snow, and their efforts to survive. Written by the father.
Mar 20, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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This is a true story I NEVER want to live through.

I read this YEARS ago because my dad wanted me to. It's about a family who goes out one day in Alaska, and have an accident. They end up spending several days in sub-zero temperatures, and them desperately trying to survive.

Great story about the will and desire to live, and how far you will go stay alive.
Feb 26, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! Read it in one day. Was a super anxious, edge-of-your-seat read. Played into my darkest fears of being eaten up by the ocean.
Mar 20, 2009 Leila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING - survival endeavors unparalleled - could NOT put it down once I began reading - dispells the theory 'survial of the fitest'.
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