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Starred Review. Hugo-winner Simmons (Olympos) brings the horrific trials and tribulations of arctic exploration vividly to life in this beautifully written historical, which injects a note of supernatural horror into the 1840s Franklin expedition and its doomed search for the Northwest Passage. Sir John Franklin, the leader of the expedition and captain of the Erebus, is an aging fool. Francis Crozier, his second in command and captain of the Terror, is a competent sailor, but embittered after years of seeing lesser men with better connections given preferment over him. With their two ships quickly trapped in pack ice, their voyage is a disaster from start to finish. Some men perish from disease, others from the cold, still others from botulism traced to tinned food purchased from the lowest bidder. Madness, mutiny and cannibalism follow. And then there's the monstrous creature from the ice, the thing like a polar bear but many times larger, possessed of a dark and vicious intelligence. This complex tale should find many devoted readers and add significantly to Simmons's already considerable reputation. (Jan.)
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The prolific and versatile Simmons turns to historical fiction in this fine narrative of the lost Franklin expedition of the 1840s, in which nearly 200 men sailed in search of the Northwest Passage aboard two converted naval vessels, Erebus and Terror. They seemingly sailed off the face of the earth, until remains of the longest survivors among them were discovered many years later. Simmons makes the Terror's Captain Crozier his protagonist, and through his eyes we see history infused with sf, fantasy, and horror elements: sf because the expedition went farther into the then unknown than did the Apollo astronauts; fantasy because the hardships of the grippingly described arctic environment played havoc with their minds; and horror because the men perished in ones and twos, in dozens and scores, from boat accidents, falls, scurvy, hypothermia, exposure, starvation, and parasitic infections. Crozier survives by taking refuge among the Inuit and covering the expedition's nightmarish trail by burning his ship and vanishing from civilization, by which time readers may be as emotionally drained as he. Outstanding. Roland Green
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This book started off quite good. A lot of suspense and action. As you near the end however, many of the chapters are stretched out with information you do not need or that you... Read morePublished 6 days ago by John David Shannon
I read this book several years ago and I hardly put it down except to sleep and eat. It was certainly one of the top ten books I've read and I read all the time and I'm 76 years... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Marguerite
OMG...I got 1/2 way through and could not take reading this bloated shipwreck of a book a second longer! It was insulting. Can't believe I wasted $18.00 on this t*rd. Read morePublished 24 days ago by PEP
Three words...Pure...White...Hell! This is an intensely gripping story of two British exploration ships that become locked in the ice for over three years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Boren
The doomed expedition at the North Pole was interesting, with many historical facts, character detail at the beginning of the novel - first few chapters got me really excited but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MARIO
This book started out great with suspense filled story about the crews of two isolated, stranded vessels facing an unknown threat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fred
A dark and bleak story about an ice-bound ship and its crew. It was beautifully written and imagined.Published 1 month ago by Semaphore
I am an avid lover of true crime novels, but decided to take a break...I needed a paperback novel for poolside reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle