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Now a breathtaking 10-part television series from Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free, and AMC - the studio behind 'Breaking Bad' and 'The Walking Dead', Dan Simmon's devastating historical adventure The Terror - based on the true story of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition - has chilled and thriller readers the world over . . .

Stephen King hailed Dan Simmons' bestselling novel as 'a brilliant, massive combination of history and supernatural horror' and it's now a chilling 10-part AMC Original TV series from Ridley Scott.
The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of the fabled North-West Passage had every expectation of triumph.

But for almost two years his ships HMS Terror and Erebus have been trapped in the Arctic ice. Supplies of fuel and food are running low. Scurvy, starvation and even madness beging to take their toll. And yet the real threat isn’t from the constantly shifting, alien landscape, the flesh-numbing temperatures or being crushed by the unyielding, frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying.

There is something out there in the frigid darkness. It stalks the ships and snatches men. It is a nameless thing. At once nowhere and everywhere, this terror has become the expedition’s nemesis . . .

Reviews

Simmons has created a chilling supernatural novel . . . the horrific trials of their impending icy deaths are vividly brought to life

DAILY EXPRESS

A brilliant, massive combination of history and supernatural horror

STEPHEN KING

One of the most remarkable things I've read . . . nothing short of a masterpiece. It is a bona fide tour de force

John Berlyne, SFREVU

A revelation. Dan Simmons is a giant among novelists

LINCOLN CHILD

Go out and buy this book . . . a fantastic achievement. Gripping, well-observed, and at times genuinely frightening

SFX

Dramatic and vivid . . . Simmons has given us a host of colourful, believable characters caught up in a driving, hell-bent narrative. The Terror is a tour de force

KEN McGOOGAN, author of Lady Franklin's Revenge

Meticulously researched and brilliantly imagined . . . a dramatic and mythic argument for how and why Franklin and his men met their demise . . . a compelling read

WASHINGTON POST

Dan Simmons is brilliant

DEAN KOONTZ

The best and most unusual historical novel I have read in years . . . a haunting, precisely imagined fictional solution to one of history's most disquieting mysteries . . . brilliantly executed

BOSTON GLOBE

Brilliant . . . Simmons takes this 19th-century tragedy and crafts an imaginative hybrid tale. It's a historical horror novel . . . the kind of rich epic that requires a touch of patience at the beginning but amply rewards the reader by the end

USA TODAY

A beautifully written historical, which injects a note of supernatural horror into the 1840s Franklin expedition and its doomed search for the Northwest Passage . . . should add significantly to Simmons's already considerable reputation

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Convincingly renders both period details and the nuts and bolts of polar exploration . . . the supernatural element helps resolve the plot in a surprising yet highly effective manner

KIRKUS REVIEWS

This book really is an astonishing achievement, blending meticulous research with excellent characterisation. We can't recommend this one heartily enough

DEATHRAY

A lengthy and ambitious book, but gut-wrenching tension, a true sense of fear, and vivid historical detail combine for an unputdownable read

GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780857503916

    April 2, 2018

    Bantam

    944 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9780553818208

    March 1, 2008

    Bantam

    944 pages

    RRP $27.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781407038995

    July 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    944 pages

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