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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...
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 12 April 2013
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Facinating book and a good read. Printed on what feels and looks like re-cycled toilet paper, but still it is the story thats the important thing.
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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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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 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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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 brilliant read about a fateful journey, 19 Jan 2012
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I was always fascinated about the fate of the Franklin expedition but had only really read small articles and seen the pictures from the body exhumations on Beechey island. For me at least this has filled in all the blanks and it makes for a very powerful and very saddening read. The pictures of the exhumation did not shock me as it would others but filled me with sadness especially the young John Torrington (Pictured on the cover)The elements had preserved him incredibly well and it looked almost like he was sleeping(The body at the time of being exhumed had been there for 138 years)It was like the pain and suffering had come to an end for him.This is a factual story about how disease, bad preparation and the forces of nature wiped out an entire crew on a voyage of discovery. A fantastic yet sad account.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Living history, 8 Jan 2012
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The story of Franklin's 1845 doomed expedition in search of the North West Passage took me back to my schooldays when we were taught the history of exploration. In this book we learn of those who preceded Franklin and failed with varying degrees of sickness and death amongst the ships' crews. Others followed Franklin to search for him and yet more when all hope was gone to continue the quest for the North West Passage. It was interesting to learn that the route through the North West Passage was not 'discovered' and sailed until the 20th century and by Amundsen who later survived the South Pole exploration. It was Franklin's expedition in the ships 'Erebus' and 'Terror' which accounted for the greatest loss of life, the lives of everyone who set out. None returned.

The first half of this book recounts this history and the second half recounts the author's quest to seek evidence for the cause of this total wipe-out. I preferred the first half of the book. The return to Artic in 1984 & 1985 has to be less raw than the Arctic of 1845 and there is a contrast between the modern day hardships of the forensic and the altogether more awesome exploits of the explorers of 1845. This is not the fault of the scientific investigators of course.

Having said that, the description of the exumation of the bodies of three of Franklin's men 140 years after their burial is gripping. The photographs of these dead men are startling and compelling. The great loss of life is personalised and it becomes even more sad to learn what the underlying cause seems to have been, something as prosaic as tinned food.

Finally this book begins with an introduction by Margaret Atwood which is a witty and informative lead-in to the book.
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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 Great Forensic History, 7 Nov 2009
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Fascinating story of the voyage,plus good investigation into what could have gone wrong.
A must for anyone remotely interested in Arctic exploration or naval history.
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