Drawing on early accounts from relief expeditions as well as recent archeological evidence, Scott Cookman reconstructs a chronicle of the expedition in Ice Blink. Cookman, a journalist with articles in Field & Stream and other magazines, excels when firmly grounded in the harrowing reality of 19th-century Arctic exploration. When he speculates about what happened to the Franklin expedition, however, he is on less solid ground and his writing suffers.
Particularly overwrought is the promised "frightening new explanation" for the expedition's demise. Cookman suggests that it was caused by the "grotesque handiwork" of an "evil" man, Stephan Goldner, who had supplied its canned foods. This is hardly new. As early as 1852, investigators determined that the expedition's canned goods were probably inferior and canceled provisioning contracts with Goldner. How a hundred men survived for nearly three years despite lead poisoning and botulism remains a mystery. In the end, as Cookman himself acknowledges, the expedition was ultimately doomed by its reliance on untested technology such as the steam engine, armor plating, and canned provisions. These criticisms aside, Ice Blink is an interesting narrative of this enduring symbol of polar exploration and disaster. --Pete Holloran --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book on the Franklin expedition is the first, of all that I have read about Franklin , that answers my question: "What about the food preparation itself , before the food... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ivan Serov
While Scott Cookman's book is a compelling read, with some powerfully written and vividly illustrated passages, it must be taken with a bucket of salt. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Shannon Leigh O'Neil
This book was an excelkent, well-researched account of this story. I enjoyed Cookmans insight into the experiences of those involved and his unique take on the leaders, as well as... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Caitlin
I love to read historical books about explorations. So ordered Ice Blink and I was quite pleasently surprised about the masterful writing of the Author Scott Cookman. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Terry Bardy
I've always been intrigued by Franklin's tragic tale. This is one of the most detailed accounts I've read. It is also meticulously documented.Published on February 7, 2013 by njcboehm
I don't know whether it is the overall hubris of exploration that is the lasting impression from this book or the factual details of how bad "canning" sabotaged this... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Betty Duck
Firstly if this is the only book on Franklin you have read its quite a good read if your looking for a read based on scietific facts try "Frozen in Time", they both share the same... Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by David Roberts
This review was skeptical at the start of reading "Ice Blink" since the author, Scott Cookman, admits to being introduced to the story of the Franklin Expedition in 1988 after... Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by mwreview