The Terror

The Terror

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. 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. 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 there is no escape. A haunting, gripping story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316137492
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 18, 2019

I cannot possibly praise this book enough. The characters are wonderfully crafted, and I could not help but hopelessly cheer them on. A long book, but so fantastic I did not want it to end. Their inescapable doom will haunt you long after you finish the book.

May 29, 2019

I've enjoyed every single chapter of this book and for me it was a real page-turner! It is graphic and naturalistic at times, loaded with nauseating details and depressing atmosphere, but brilliantly composed, with multiple points of view and dramatic ending.
This book completely ruined TV show for me. I wish I had watched it first. I know, different mediums have their restrictions, but the book is so deep and multidimensional. Can't wait to read other books by the author.

Mar 26, 2019

I likes the mystery, suspense and chaos. It was well written including detail (not too much). The end was odd so just be open to that.

Feb 13, 2019

I liked it. Slower read. Long story with a lot of details and events that create suspense.

Lovestoread5 Nov 03, 2018

A little long, but worth the read. I admit, I did have to skip through a bit, but got the gist of it. Exceptional background explanations and details. Very good to the end.

Sep 03, 2018

So in depth, you feel like you're one of the men, living and dying along with them. It is well written, and is exactly what I have been searching for for years: a real historical event, but fictionalized with an event that although isn't real, does fit with what might have happened. Only problem, it does tend to drag in a few parts, mostly with a pair of characters who are completely useless and should have been removed due to their zero effect on the overall plot. Also, the ending felt a bit ad hoc, a little different from the t.v. series, but still a tad off. But I do recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and/or a good horror story.

Jun 12, 2018

I started watching the television series based on this book and wanted more. I checked this book out and read it in a few days. It's a fun fictionlized tale of the supernatural surrounding a real historical event. I found the writing to be gripping, and it flowed well. It did drag a bit in some spots, but overall was a good page turner. It also helped me to understand some of the elements of the TV program that weren't fleshed out very well. Overall, I enjoyed this book and the associated TV series quite a bit.

Apr 02, 2018

“The Terror”, a novel by Dan Simmons is without equivocation, the single most tedious and dreadful book that I have ever followed down to the bitter end. It is based on the true story of the most harrowing catastrophe in the history of world exploration. This is of course the infamous Franklin Expedition of the 1840’s when two Royal Navy ships “Erebus” and “Terror” were dispatched into uncharted waters in what is today the Canadian Arctic in an effort to find the elusive Northwest Passage. It was thought that two wooden ships equipped with primitive steam engines could travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean between a labyrinth of islands and peninsulas that were frozen into the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean most of the year. The infamy of the Franklin Expedition is the fact that both ships vanished into the Arctic wastes and every man aboard them perished. This is not a spoiler. It is an historic fact.
The known information in this episode are strange and compelling enough to prompt the writing of a fictionalized novel based on these events. That is what I thought that I was getting when I picked up this tome. What I got instead was the equivalent of a “Twilight Zone” episode that just goes on and on and on, seemingly forever. Dan Simmons has hammered the known facts into a bizarre amalgamation of the genres of high adventure, horror and surrealism. It is as though Edgar Alan Poe wrote “Moby Dick” or Maupassant wrote “Treasure Island”.
Imagine that Captain Cook had not been killed by Hawaiians but instead by Godzilla, or that Ferdinand Magellan had been killed by King Kong. It wasn’t the Sioux and the Cheyenne who obliterated Custer and his men at the Little Big Horn. It was the work of werewolves and skin walkers. This is the sort of absurdity one is expected to swallow when the author of “The Terror” tries to tell his readers that Franklin and his men were all slain by some imaginary Eskimo bogyman.
The other dreadful feature of this novel is that the writer seems to take sadistic glee in describing the deaths of almost the entire crew one at a time in gruesome and inventive detail. The result is that the story becomes progressively more ghoulish and ghastly. This book is not so much a thriller as it is a glacially paced tedium to be endured. It took me months to get through this book. I set it down for long periods only to return in the hope that pace would pick up. Oddly enough it does toward the end when the story takes a right angle turn into the ludicrous. There is even an element thrown in on the very last pages that comes out of nowhere. It is as if Simmons ran out of ideas and just threw a few leftover buckets of gore up against the wall to see what would stick.
This book has inspired a ten-part television miniseries produced by Ridley Scott, the director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner”. It appears that the dramatists have walked back a lot of the implausible conjectures and badly bound story structure of the book to make this horror/adventure more palatable (pun intended). Think of it as John Carpenter’s “The Thing” meets “Master and Commander”.

SPPL_János Mar 12, 2018

The story of the lost 1845 Franklin expedition to the Northwest Passage is retold once again, but this time the perils of Arctic exploration are ratcheted up with the presence of a fearsome monster stalking the doomed sailors. Simmons shows a mastery of several genres, stuffing his lengthy tale full of historical details, evocative descriptions of the cold and ice, horrors both realistic and inexplicable, and an allegory about Western civilization's treatment of the environment.

Feb 12, 2018

I loved this book! I picked it up because I saw a trailer for the AMC mini series that will be out in March. I loved how the author tied in historical facts into the story. Most of the main characters are real men who were actually on the historical Franklin Expedition. You can tell Simmons put in a lot of research on the topics he writes about including naval history, Inuit folklore, and survival.

This was the first book by Dan Simmons I've read and I'm definitely picking up more!

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