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Beattie & Geiger : Dead Silence Hardcover – 27 May 1993

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  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 1st edition (27 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670843180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670843183
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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I read this book, after reading 'Frozen in Time' by the same authors (see my review). By comparison, it is a rather unexciting read.

By piecing together historical accounts, it sets out to discover the story of James Knight, who sailed into Hudson Bay in 1619, never to be seen again. It supplements this with an account of 4 seasons of largely archaeological discovery at Marble Island, the known location of Knight's demise. Whereas 'Frozen in Time' is more like a treasure hunt culminating in the exhumation of Franklin expedition members' bodies in a preserved state, 'Dead Silence' is a much more static affair. The research is meticulous, but the book of the research is written in a more turgid style, never really comes to life, and has a relatively inconclusive end.

The book serves as a first-rate historical account, but it does not excite. But do read 'Frozen in Time'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest arctic mystery not involving Franklin 22 May 2010
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Even the reader with a casual interest in Arctic lore and history has heard of the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin, fewer have heard the mystery of James Knight. Nearly three centuries ago, Knight set out to find riches in the frozen north at Marble Island. He made it there with his crew as artifacts attest, but no one really knows what happened to him there. Were Knight and his men murdered by the local people or left to die hardheartlessly by Samuel Hearne, his enemy? The book provides the account of explorers/scientists John Geiger and Owen Beattie's attempt to solve this long standing mystery. A facinating account for those interested in Arctic exploration and the explorers who dared lead the way north.
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