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The bestselling author of Ilium and Olympos transforms the true story of a legendary Arctic expedition into a thriller worthy of Stephen King or Patrick O'Brian.

Their captain's insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of The Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn't the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison before they open them, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. The real threat is whatever is out in the frigid darkness, stalking their ship, snatching one seaman at a time or whole crews, leaving bodies mangled horribly or missing forever.

Captain Crozier takes over the expedition after the creature kills its original leader, Sir John Franklin. Drawing equally on his own strengths as a seaman and the mystical beliefs of the Eskimo woman he's rescued, Crozier sets a course on foot out of the Arctic and away from the insatiable beast. But every day the dwindling crew becomes more deranged and mutinous, until Crozier begins to fear there is no escape from an ever-more-inconceivable nightmare.

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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The fate of Sir John Franklin's last expedition remains one of the great mysteries of Arctic exploration. What we know, more or less, is this: In the balmy days of May 1845, 129 officers and men aboard two ships — Erebus and Terror — departed from England for the Canadian Arctic in search of a Northwest Passage to the Pacific. They were never heard from again. Between 1847 and 1859, Franklin's wife... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"It's clear that Simmons devoted a lot of time to researching the history of the Franklin Expedition." Library Journal

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"One of Simmons' best." Kirkus Reviews

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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." Booklist

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"Simmons' prose is as sharp and dazzling as the ice of which he writes." Denver Post

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"Simmons is a master of horror, suspense, characterization and description. This true story gives him an opportunity to demonstrate these talents." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"At over 750 pages, the book miraculously flies by, balancing dozens of engaging characters with riveting horror-movie set pieces....Brutal, relentless, yet oddly uplifting, The Terror is a masterfully chilling work." Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

"Dan Simmons writes with the salty grace and precision of Patrick O'Brian. But in piling supernatural nightmare upon historical nightmare, layering mystery upon mystery, he has produced a turbocharged vision of popular doom." -Men's Journal

Greeted with excited critical praise, this extraordinary novel-inspired by the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during an 1845 expedition-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). THE TERROR chills readers to the core.

"Brutal, relentless, yet oddly uplifting, THE TERROR is a masterfully chilling work." -Entertainment Weekly

"In the hands of a lesser writer than Dan Simmons, THE TERROR might well have dissolved into a series of frigid days and three-dog nights. But Simmons is too good a writer to ignore the real gold in his story-its beleaguered cast." -Bookpage

"Guaranteed to have readers pulling their covers up to their noses, THE TERROR will make for a blood-freezing, bedtime read this winter-and any season thereafter." -Pages

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of Olympos, Ilium, and The Hyperion Cantos. He has received the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and British Science Fiction & Fantasy Awards, among many others. Born in Illinois, Dan published his first short story at the age of 34, and hasn't looked back since. His books have been translated into 27 languages. Dan lives in Colorado.

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Mack Dolsen, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Mack Dolsen)
This book was great. I really loved the attention to detail and historic fiction.
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boekelhe, January 31, 2008 (view all comments by boekelhe)
I just finished this book, making it through the 760some pages in about three weeks or so. I found it a little meandering and needlessly long (do we really need to pause for an entire chapter, twice, for a roll call of all the men who have died to that point?) but still found that I couldn't put it down. The most compelling part was the setting and the knowledge that the people whose stories you are reading cannot survive the book. I really wanted to find out what was going to happen to everyone, more than anything else.

In the end, I found the cast of characters tiring, with many of them coming straight from the last Die Hard movie. I don't understand the need for a supernatural beastie when the sheer terror of being stranded in the Arctic ice for two solid years would have been plenty. And don't get me started on the ending. I realize he's a science fiction writer, but seriously, folks...

All in all, amazingly rendered setting, brilliant atmosphere, but kinda lousy everything else.
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ladygreyreiver, December 6, 2007 (view all comments by ladygreyreiver)
Maybe I don't know anything about sea ice or life (and death)in the Arctic, but I could not put this book down once I got into it. I read the last half of the book in less than a day! I knew from the beginning that there were no known survivors of the real Franklin Expedition,, but was held hostage by the fascinating, if doomed, struggle of the crews of the Erebus and the Terror to live. The ending still managed to surprise, and Simmons reference to present-day events brought the story into the 21st century with a bang!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316017442
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Simmons, Dan
Author:
Vance, Simon
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Subject:
Shipwrecks
Subject:
Sea stories
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
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Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
January 2007
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Pages:
784
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.25 x 2 in 2.38 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "It's clear that Simmons devoted a lot of time to researching the history of the Franklin Expedition."
"Review" by , "One of Simmons' best."
"Review" by , "The prolific and versatile Simmons turns to historical fiction in this fine narrative of the lost Franklin expedition of the 1840s."
"Review" by , "Simmons' prose is as sharp and dazzling as the ice of which he writes."
"Review" by , "Simmons is a master of horror, suspense, characterization and description. This true story gives him an opportunity to demonstrate these talents."
"Review" by , "At over 750 pages, the book miraculously flies by, balancing dozens of engaging characters with riveting horror-movie set pieces....Brutal, relentless, yet oddly uplifting, The Terror is a masterfully chilling work."
"Synopsis" by , "Dan Simmons writes with the salty grace and precision of Patrick O'Brian. But in piling supernatural nightmare upon historical nightmare, layering mystery upon mystery, he has produced a turbocharged vision of popular doom." -Men's Journal

Greeted with excited critical praise, this extraordinary novel-inspired by the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during an 1845 expedition-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). THE TERROR chills readers to the core.

"Brutal, relentless, yet oddly uplifting, THE TERROR is a masterfully chilling work." -Entertainment Weekly

"In the hands of a lesser writer than Dan Simmons, THE TERROR might well have dissolved into a series of frigid days and three-dog nights. But Simmons is too good a writer to ignore the real gold in his story-its beleaguered cast." -Bookpage

"Guaranteed to have readers pulling their covers up to their noses, THE TERROR will make for a blood-freezing, bedtime read this winter-and any season thereafter." -Pages

"Synopsis" by , 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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