The Terror showcases Dan Simmons' in-depth research of early arctic exploration. The fine historic detail pulls the reader into a world utterly different from the present day. Frigid, often deadly conditions test the explorers in every conceivable way. The characters range from absurd (those with power) to enigmatic (those trying to survive). Things take a sinister turn as the crew enters uncharted waters. Slowly the crew and the reader start to question what is real. I really enjoyed this book because the story takes wild turns and shows the world to be stranger than anyone expected.
Captain Crozier must find a way for his crew to survive the deadly attacks of a mysterious and insatiable sea monster that is stalking the men trapped in the Arctic ice, in a novel loosely based on the mid-nineteenth-century Arctic expedition originally led by Sir John Franklin. Reprint.