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5.0 out of 5 stars A Horribly British Way To Die
In 1845 Sir John Franklin and 128 men aboard the vessels Erebus and Terror set sail to navigate a course through the fabled (and unbeknownst to them, utterly useless) North-West Passage. After stopping briefly at Greenland they disappeared literally off the map. The years passed and as concern grew several rescue missions were launched at the urging of Lady Franklin...
Published on 13 Sept. 2005 by J. Maclaine

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3.0 out of 5 stars Franklin exposed
This book is definitely a must read for those interested in the fate of the Franklin expedition. The theory that the men suffered from lead poisoning is fascinating and gives a whole new perspective on the history of British seafaring in the 19th century. For anyone interested in the Age of Discovery, it's an absolute necessity. Plus, the authors' investigations on...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for anyone interested in polar exploration, 4 Mar. 2012
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This is a riveting read for anyone interested in the Franklin expedition or in polar exploration generally. There is a lot of bang for your buck here with much fascinating information provided on other Northwest Passage expeditions and on the various rescue / search attempts for the Franklin crews. The descriptions of the autopsys on Beechely Island are very well handled. While there is some science, it is not a technical book and it is kept fairly simple for the lay person and attention is never lost. The anthropoly investigative work by Beattie and his crew is very impressive and convincing. A "must" for anyone interested in polar exploration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling mystery..., 5 Jan. 2011
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The chilling story of the Franklin expedition to sail the north west passage...they travelled with the best food and equipment available in their time but the very food they were consuming was slowly killing them, a gripping story I was hooked from start to finish...great detail of the exhumations and post mortems performed with great respect. I was sorry when I came to the end...one of the best books I have read in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 14 Mar. 2012
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A most entertaining and knowledgeable book, fascinating stuff . The early chapters which deal with expeditions prior to that involving Frankin were very interesting as were the later ones which dealt with the quest to find out what happened to the Franklin expedition . I can highly recommend this book to other readers who are interested in Arctic exploration . A fascinating read .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frozen in Time, 29 Jun. 2013
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A very good account of what happened all those years during this fateful expedition and also how much more man had to learn about every day danger. Not to be read late at night nor look at the photos at that time because it is what nightmares are made off. Very good read if you like true stories on expeditions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 4 July 2013
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I read this in one sitting as I found the whole subject fascinating. The most interesting part for me was the first half of the book and the discussion on previous explorers and their attempts to navigate the North West Passage. It is a haunting and mesmerising book and I would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frozen in Time, 17 Sept. 2013
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Part of our nations history and an example of The "Guts" And Determination reqd for artic exploration in those long off days
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4.0 out of 5 stars Need a good Arctic Map!, 30 Jan. 2013
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It's probably obvious that you would very likely have a special interest in the NorthWest Passage topic to consider buying this book. It certainly deals with the sagas of the various expeditions and especially the ill fated Franklin expedition in some considerable, and for the most part interesting manner. I bought the Kindle version and that's partly the reason I don't give it a full five star rating. The account is inevitably based on quite some detail of the scattered islands and various sea sounds and straits that make up this hostile region, and while there are maps incorporated, on an e-book the fine detail is hard, near impossible to read and not very user friendly to leaf back to as a reference. Similarly, there are many names and characters to deal with and the danger was that I tended to gloss over that detail as it was hard to get my head completely round them. That would equally apply to the traditional book version of course.

But if you want a book that truly captures the dogged determination and will power that inspired explorers generally, and adds the quite inhospitable nature of 19th century Arctic exploration into the mix, then this book is one to obtain, and enjoy as you complain about cold weather as you read it in your heated 21st century lounge or bedroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CSI fans should buy this !, 24 Feb. 2013
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Real life Crime Scene Investigation, with the added dimension of the "crime" (without giving too much away) being committed over 150 years ago. Great combination of historical narrative and detective story. Don't look at the pictures too much before bed-time though.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting., 9 April 2015
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I found this book very interesting.
I would recommend this book.
The struggles of man are very often spoiled by the seemingly small and insignificant.......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting, 11 Jan. 2014
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Well written and informative . Recommended for general study for readers of North or South Arctic exploration. well detailed and fascinating factually.
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