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The Terror

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A terrifyingly superb historical fiction!

I first picked this book up because the cover caught my eye and so did the unbelievable price at $5.98. After reading about the book I could not stop thinking about it, so one day I started reading it and could not put it down! It jumps you right into the story of the...
I first picked this book up because the cover caught my eye and so did the unbelievable price at $5.98. After reading about the book I could not stop thinking about it, so one day I started reading it and could not put it down! It jumps you right into the story of the Franklin Expedition and the two boats that get lost in the frozen seas. However, starvation, disease, and mutiny are not the crew's only enemy, the bigger threat is the intelligent beast that lives out on the ice that seems intent on the destruction of all living things aboard these two vessels.

posted by Caravaggio on November 12, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not quite "Terror"

I usually do not get frightened by novels, but was expecting a little more from this one. I found myself much more interested in the story behind the Franklin Expedition and the problems associated with the journey, rather than the attacks by the arctic beast. With this...
I usually do not get frightened by novels, but was expecting a little more from this one. I found myself much more interested in the story behind the Franklin Expedition and the problems associated with the journey, rather than the attacks by the arctic beast. With this in mind, the expedition element to the novel also became rather stale after a while. The novel seemed to drag once getting about midway. I am surprised at the positive response that this novel received. However, some positives were the characters and the detail of the journey.

posted by Ingsoc on August 11, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    Promises much but fails to deliver

    I eagerly waited for this book's release. However, after getting halfway through the story and finding the plot dragging along, I put it down. Simmons has thrilled with other works (including my favorite book, The Crook Factory) but here gets bogged down. for example, count how many times the word 'serac' is used throughout the book. When Simmons slowed the narrative to describe the advantages and drawbacks of a multitude of different types of boats, I stopped reading. The 'terror' in the story is a lot like the monster on the ABC TV show Lost - after a certain point, we just want to know what it is. Simmons delivery, however, disappoints.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    WORST I've ever read!

    DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME - I must say that I have never written a poor review of a book understanding that peoples' taste vary wildly. That is obviously the case for the The Terror. I was excited to read a historical fiction on a subject, Arctic Exploration, that I knew close to nothing about. I had read several glowing reviews and eagerly dove into the nearly 700 page book. By page 300 I was sorely disappointed. The only word I can come up with is BORING. I never put down a book though and always finish it. Well... lesson learned. After finally finishing it last night I must say that it is undoubtedly one of the WORST BOOKS I HAVE READ. Simmons seems to have written 700 pages (when he clearly could have written it in 300) simply to say that he wrote such a long novel. The vocabulary is terrible and the grammar is worse. The plot, though, is so extremely tedious and the ending is completely perfunctory that I wish I had put the book down at 300 and just moved on. Save yourself the energy and time and pass this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    disappointing

    This is not a short read and therefore felt like a colossal waste of time by the end. I loved the intrigue at first- what was the strange "thing" that menaced them? About three quarters through the book I began to lose faith that we would ever know and I began to wonder if I really cared anymore. By the end I was disappointed with myself that I had held out to the bitter end. I am a person who reveres books and recycles, believing someone will find a jewel in what I surrendered to lack of interest. Sorry, I am now making an admission. There was no paper to start the fire one cold night....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    "Buyer Beware"

    This story is 703 pages long and it could have been told in 200-275 pages. I like to finish what I start but I got to page 369 and I just couldn't take it anymore, I was getting to the point of dread just picking up my NOOK to read this book. This will most definitely go on my shelf entitled "NEVER TO BE READ AGAIN" if not deleted. Some of the sentences didn't even make sense. Not only is this book boring, this book will be very offensive to anyone that believes that God's name is to be respected, the blasphemous phrasing is horrid. Anyone who uses language like that is asking to be cursed. Spend your money elsewhere.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    NOT TERROR-TERRIBLE!

    The book wanders, too in-depth in some areas, doesn't bring closure to some topics, leaves you hanging, leaves you asking why???, my husband and I both read it and both came to these conclusions. Would not read it again or recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    Very drawn out

    A 700 page book with so much background information on each character that you lose sight of main idea. Waste of time, I didn't even finish it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2009

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