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The Terror - Dan Simmons
The Terror
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The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage, they are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in... show more
The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage, they are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, with diminishing rations, 126 men fight to survive with poisonous food, a dwindling supply of coal, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is far more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in.When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. With them travels an Inuit woman who cannot speak and who may be the key to survival, or the harbinger of their deaths. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear that there is no escape. The Terror swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure that have won Dan Simmons praise as "a writer who not only makes big promises but keeps them" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). With a haunting and constantly surprising story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316017442 (0316017442)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 769
Edition language: English
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Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
3.0 The Terror
Seriously. I shrugged my way through 996 pages (why oh why was this book so freaking long?) and at the end said well that was...something. Simmons jumps from person to person in this almost 1,000 page book. We also get shifting timelines (oh joy...wait no joy, I usually always hate it when authors d...
learn by going
learn by going rated it
4.5 The Terror, by Dan Simmons
I love feeling like I've been taken on a journey when I read, and this book spans years, multiple character perspectives, and the wasteland that is the arctic. I wouldn't call it a "saga," but by the end I couldn't believe where I ended up given where I started. The Terror is based on the lost Fra...
Tannat
Tannat rated it
2.0 The Terror
Interesting but disappointing. The story of a vanished polar expedition and the semi-supernatural terror that persecuted it.I still think it's an interesting concept and the story had potential, but the execution was lacking. For one, although I have nothing against long books in theory, this one ...
Hooked on Books
Hooked on Books rated it
4.0 The Terror
My first Dan Simmons- Really good story however it could have been about 100-200 pages shorter. The repeated telling of who was dead and who wasnt dead from each ship could have been scrapped and their actual traveling routes and details could have been clarified better, thus shortened. Their were ...
jaddington
jaddington rated it
5.0 The Terror: A Novel
Historical fiction they say. A great story I say. We must remember that these ships were in lost in the Arctic in the 1840's. Think about that. Dan Simmons has used a tragic story from our past, and added...something more.We have the rosters from the ships, we know the names of the men that were the...
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