16 Apr

We set sail in 1845 from Greenhithe in Kent, England with 128 souls aboard two HM vessels in search of the Northwest Passage. English Officer Rear Admiral Sir John Franklin, Royal Navy, is leading this expedition into the Artic across the dread of pack-ice with temperatures to 50F below zero. Captain Francis Crozier commands the ship I am on, and Captain James Fitzmaurice commands the other.

With one mile between us, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror have been forced to moor, trapped and frozen in the thick sea-ice north of Canada, for two years. There are no days here, only black thick darkness and chilling cold. Men have perished, not by the frigid cold of the sea or by natural causes but by the fright and brutal mauling of a thing. Something is out there – stalking and killing us one by one. The men are getting jumpy. There are shrieking groans from the pack-ice; our food supplies are dwindling along with the coal that keeps us warm. The Erebus is no longer sea worthy, and the mates aboard her will be forced to abandon ship soon. They must take the mile long walk to the Terror. Out there where something waits …..


I have not posted nor has the thought of posting even crossed my mind these past days. As you see, I am on an adventure. An adventure that, thus far, has taken me through 250 of 770 frightfully unnerving pages.

The Terror by Dan Simmons is an exceptionally great historical horror of a fictional rendering of the bone-chilling account into the search for the northwest passage. This is the telling of two frigates and the men who put them out to sea.

Whilst this is a work of fiction, Simmons has not changed names nor places to suit his fancy. The who, when and where remain true to life. Only the what has been imagined. This is an outstanding story based on fact written by a brilliant storyteller, and because it is part of history, I already know how it ends. Even so, I can not stop reading! Extraordinary.


(My Review of this book will follow after the last page is turned)


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