As far as books I'd recommend, the Terror is at the top of my list. This is my third go at this one, as I often read books I love more than once. I've actually purchased this one twice because my first copy got damaged and fell apart.
The Terror has been made into a series which will air on AMC at the end of March 2018. If you've read the book and this is news to you, or if after reading my review you're intrigued about this book, you can take a look at the 'Discover More...' section at the end of this post for links you may find interesting.
It's the late nineteenth century and the British Royal Fleet is trying to find the north-west passage. Frozen in the arctic ice for almost three years, this is the story of two ships, the flagship Erebus and her sister ship, the Terror, and the horrors the officers and crew endure while trapped with no way out and no hope of rescue. Between life on the ships and out on the ice with spoiling food, scurvy, near-mutiny, a strange mute Esquimaux woman and a terrible beast methodically stalking them, Dan Simmons weaves an engrossing tale mixed with fact and fiction of terror, madness and survival.
At almost 1,000 pages, The Terror is not something you can get through in a weekend. That being said, it is incredibly difficult to put down. I'd like to take a moment here to remind everyone that this story is based on actual events. Simmons uses all the tools in his literary arsenal to paint us a vivid picture of his idea of what horrors befell the crews of the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror as they were trapped in the Arctic.
And none of it is pretty.
Every page oozes bone chilling cold. Every page turned pulls the reader deeper and deeper into the terror filled and continuously more desperate fight for survival. Dan Simmons masterfully weaves a tale of the human condition. The desperate fight for survival against all odds. He tells us that we will often do the most terrifying things to survive - and sometimes we'll put our foot on the necks of our fellow men to raise ourselves up.
The ending is quite surprising and hopeful - a real departure from the rest of the novel. I wasn't too sure about it the first time I read it, but it matters and it fits, and that is what's important to a good story. If you enjoy period pieces, nautical stories, thrillers or just a well-written novel, The Terror is a must read. Simmons brings history alive in the most fantastic way. His prose is almost poetic as he forces you to sympathize, to love and care for his characters - and then he rips them away from you in the most terrible of ways.
I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks.
Author's Website: www.dansimmons.com
AMC The Terror Teaser Trailer: www.amc.com
AMC The Terror Official Website: www.amc.com
AMC The Terror Newsletter: www.amc.com
Follow AMC The Terror on Twitter: @TheTerrorAMC
Beginning in 2008, Parks Canada embarked on their own expedition: to find the lost HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Thankfully, their efforts have been much more successful. The HMS Erebus was found in September of 2014, followed by the discovery of the HMS Terror two years later, in September of 2016.
You can follow Parks Canada on Twitter @PCArchaeology for updates as they continue to dive to the wreckages.
US readers can purchase this book at Amazon.com
Canadian readers can purchase this book at Amazon.ca
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