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The men on board Her Britannic Majesty’s Ships Terror and Erebus had every expectation of triumph. They were part of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition – as scientifically advanced an enterprise as had ever set forth – and theirs were the first steam-driven vessels to go in search of the fabled North-West Passage. But the ships have now been trapped in the Arctic ice for nearly two years. Coal and provisions are running low. Yet the real threat isn’t the constantly shifting landscape of white or the flesh-numbing temperatures, dwindling supplies or the vessels being slowly crushed by the unyielding grip of the frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying. There is something out there that haunts the frigid darkness, which stalks the ships, snatching one man at a time – mutilating, devouring. A nameless thing, at once nowhere and everywhere, this terror has become the expedition’s nemesis. When Franklin meets a terrible death, it falls to Captain Francis Crozier of HMS Terror to take command and lead the remaining crew on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. With them travels an Eskimo woman who cannot speak. She may be the key to survival – or the harbinger of their deaths. And as scurvy, starvation and madness take their toll, as the Terror on the ice becomes evermore bold, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape...Contraportada:
Sir John Franklin’s obsession with finding the fabled North-West passage has kept the crews of Her Britannic Majesty’s Ships Erebus and Terror trapped in the Arctic ice for two years. But the real threat to their survival isn’t the ever-shifting landscape of white or the flesh-numbing temperatures, the dwindling contaminated provisions or the vessels being slowly crushed by the unyielding grip of the frozen ocean. No, the real threat is whatever it is that haunts the frigid darkness, prowling their ships, snatching one man at a time, leaving bodies mutilated or simply vanished. A nameless thing, at once nowhere and everywhere, it has become the expedition’s nemesis. Then Franklin is taken, and responsibility for the expedition falls to the experienced, pragmatic Captain Crozier of HMS Terror. Battling personal demons, he wonders if the mute Eskimo woman rescued from the ice knows something of what’s out there and determines to abandon the ships and lead the remaining crew to safety. As the days pass, the weakened, starving survivors grow increasingly deranged – and mutinous. And as whatever is stalking them becomes evermore bold, Crozier begins to fear there is no escape from such a nightmare... Intense, intelligent and chilling in every sense of the word, The Terror is a devastating historical thriller – the masterpiece of a master storyteller.
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Descripción Bantam Press 2007-02-01, 2007. Paperback. Condición: Very Good. All books are pre-owned and will have been read by someone else before you. They may well show signs of minor wear and tear. Please note, cover images are illustrative only, and the actual book cover and edition can vary. Nº de ref. del artículo: 9780593057636-21