The Terror
Dan Simmons
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The Terror
Dan Simmons
Narrated by Simon Vance
Hachette Audio
Abridged audio CD
March 2007
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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The Terror follows a fictional account of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, a long and terrifying steam-powered voyage in search of the Northwest Passage. As the 129 crew members aboard Erebus and Terror find themselves frozen solid in the Artic Circle throughout their second year, they are plagued with poisonous food, dwindling supplies, scurvy, and two ships which continue to undergo damage from the ice in which they are encased.

These, however, are neither their biggest challenges nor their worst fears. Somewhere lurking out on the ice is a creature haunting them as it continues to hunt and kill the trapped and weakening men.

As desperate decisions concerning survival need to be made, it is clear the impact of their situation is beginning to taint the actions of several of the men. In decisions of life and death, the men begin to wonder who or what the biggest enemy is, and how far they are willing to go for the sake of survival.

The Terror provides a variety of deeply developed characters, a glimpse into the desperation of survival, and a fantastical glimpse into historical expeditions. Both well developed and highly intriguing, The Terror tells a unique and fascinating tale.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Regan Windsor, 2007

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