"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
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1 . One of Simmons' Best
Posted February 23, 2010 by Denny Boynton , St. Louis, MOPut simply, this is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Simmons takes an actual historic incident, the ill-fated Franklin Expedition to find the northwest passage through the arctic circle, and puts such a compelling and thought provoking story behind it, you'll find yourself compulsively turning pages deep into the night and stealing time during th day to fit in just one more chapter. The story itself is of the stalwart men of the HMS Erebus and Terror, trapped in the ice from 1846 to 1848. It's a story about the men themselves, the hardships of life in one of the harshes places on earth and their struggle to survive unthinkable weather, comtaminated food supplies, and an unnamed beast on the ice that keeps killing men in horrific ways. It's a long read and a complex story, but it is worth every minute and will leave you feeling strangely good in the end.
2 . a real "chiller"
Posted January 26, 2010 by James Boardman , St. Joseph, MichiganThis is one of the best books of the genre I have read. Dan Simmons is a marvelous cross-genre writer. With this book, he once again proves he is accomplished at each different genre he tries. This is a cold, cold read. I read it in the heat of Michigan summer, and almost had to turn my blanket up to 9 to sleep at night. This book is well worth the reading!
Little, Brown and Company
March 08, 2007
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