The Terror - Dan Simmons

The Terror

By Dan Simmons

  • Release Date: 2007-03-08
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 181 Ratings


"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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  • Well conceived but too long

    By Gatehall
    Excellent story based on fact and nicely developed. But so many superfluous aspects of this made it a long and tough read. Nevertheless, a good book.
  • Read this!

    By Nena54321
    This book wasn't the easiest read, it was dense and heavy; however, it was worth my time and my life stopped until it was finished. I loved it. I loved every page, it stays with me.
  • Darkly atmospheric and suspenseful

    By Rrowz
    During the hot Key West summers, I love to read stories about polar expeditions. This book is a good adventure story with historical detail, engaging characters and a way of pulling the reader into the bleak chill of desolate landscape.
  • A good thrill ride that limps to the finish

    By Deraj mantup
    Simmons' Terror winds up well, using multiple perspectives and jumps in time to keep the pace moving. Character development is well done for Crozier and Goodsir, while the rest are underdeveloped or shallow. That said, it's a great ride for the first 80% of the story. Unfortunately, it peters out at the end, as the bridge between Native Arctic Forklore and the reality of how Sir Franklin's crew ends up leads to an unsatisfactory, unbelievable ending that attempts fictional closure in a still unresolved mystery. In the end, you won't regret the read, but you might feel a little cheated given the investment in time and emotion needed to finish this book. (note this is not an uplifting story; those looking for inspiration or redemption most likely will feel cheated.)
  • two thumbs up!

    By indigo-child
    i loved this book! I am already looking forward to reading another story from this author.
  • Terror

    By Mia444
    .....Is an apt Title for this monstrosity. This would have been better if it had been related short stories instead of this rambling mess of a novel.
  • I would highly recommend this book!

    By SacredFire
    This book is so great and such a display of this writer's talent! This was my first book by this author, I can't wait to read another by him.
  • Wonderful

    By Amanda fultz
    This is a great piece of story telling. Dan Simmons delivers once again.
  • Again and again

    By hypertrout
    Dan Simmons writes stories that are compelling, smart and beautiful. The Terror does not disappoint. I'm thankful to live in a world with Dan Simmons. He is truly one of the greats.