Scott Cookman
Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition
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Ice Blink The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin s Lost Polar Expedition Absorbingtfully narrat es a possible course of events in the expedition s demise based on the one official note and bits of debris including evidence of cannibalism found by searchers sent to look fo
  • Title: Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition
  • Author: Scott Cookman
  • ISBN: 9780471404200
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • Absorbingtfully narrat es a possible course of events in the expedition s demise, based on the one official note and bits of debris including evidence of cannibalism found by searchers sent to look for Franklin in the 1850s Adventure readers will flock to this fine regaling of the enduring mystery surrounding the best known disaster in Arctic exploration Booklist Absorbingtfully narrat es a possible course of events in the expedition s demise, based on the one official note and bits of debris including evidence of cannibalism found by searchers sent to look for Franklin in the 1850s Adventure readers will flock to this fine regaling of the enduring mystery surrounding the best known disaster in Arctic exploration Booklist A great Victorian adventure story rediscovered and re presented for a enquiring time The Scotsman A vivid, sometimes harrowing chronicle of miscalculation and overweening Victorian pride in untried technology.a work of great compassion The AustralianIt has been called the greatest disaster in the history of polar exploration Led by Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, two state of the art ships and 128 hand picked men the best and the brightest of the British empire sailed from Greenland on July 12, 1845 in search of the elusive Northwest Passage Fourteen days later, they were spotted for the last time by two whalers in Baffin Bay What happened to these ships and to the 129 men on board has remained one of the most enduring mysteries in the annals of exploration Drawing upon original research, Scott Cookman provides an unforgettable account of the ill fated Franklin expedition, vividly reconstructing the lives of those touched by the voyage and its disaster But, importantly, he suggests a human culprit and presents a terrifying new explanation for what triggered the deaths of Franklin and all 128 of his men This is a remarkable and shocking historical account of true life suspense and intrigue.
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    1. 11811 (Eleven) says:

      I read this as a fact check on The Terror to see how much liberty Dan Simmons took with the actual event He covers nearly all of the facts covered in this book which isn t all that shocking given the nearly obscene length of The Terror and Simmons tendency for extreme research habits in his historical fiction.I d recommend skipping this one and just read The Terror History is much fun when people are being hunted by a giant monster on the ice.

    2. William Battersby says:

      This book is a curate s egg good in parts.On the positive side it is a powerfully written and well illustrated book and its wide readership has served to hook many readers into the mystery and horror of the Franklin Expedition, challenging them to find out .However, its flaws are considerable Perhaps it does not matter that it is riddled with errors of detail, but seriously it depends far too much on secondary sources The most serious flaw is that it takes one unproven hypothesis to explain the [...]

    3. Inder says:

      A page turning account of the Franklin Expedition s failed attempt to find the Northwest Passage There is lots of good history here, and some very compelling explanations for the the Expedition s failure This is an interesting read, and my largest complaint is that I would have liked to know about the relief expeditions and the archeological evidence behind the author s conclusions This is not the best written book, but it is generally acceptable However, it does happen to contain the worst met [...]

    4. "Aussie Rick" says:

      This is the story of a fateful 1845 polar expedition that went terribly wrong This was a British enterprise led by Captain Sir John Franklin to find the Northwest Passage using the most advance ships and equipment at that time Now I am a complete novice when it comes to this subject matter however I found this book very interesting and it offered a compelling story of misadventure, bravery, corruption, and suspense I found that the author, Scott Cookman, presented his story in such an easy manne [...]

    5. Brian says:

      Usually I don t comment on books like this but I wanted to also bring up what few others have said While the book is interesting and definitely made me want to read on the subject this book falls very short The authors hypothesis of the cause of almost everyone s death is completely unproven and I became quickly annoyed that the author hammered home that his was the reason without mentioning basically any other possibilities There was no sources in the actual text to check and after a while it [...]

    6. Gennifer says:

      Stepping into this book knowing next to nothing about the Franklin Polar Expedition, I came out with a basic knowledge of what happened and an exemplary knowledge of nasty canning techniques.I would have given this book 5 stars but after two or so chapters on Goldner s just abhorrent canning systems and procurements, it really made me nauseous and wonder how the crew didn t die sooner I really would have liked to read about the efforts to rescue the expedition as well as a in depth look at wha [...]

    7. Phil Ford says:

      I found this book after seeing Dan Simmons fictional tale The Terror being based on the incident A tragic and very interesting read Ice Blink is the story of Sir John Franklin s doomed expedition to find the Northwest Passage in 1845 There is a lot of founded speculation as to the behavior and thoughts of the ill fated men, but backed by other examples of similar tragedies Though Cookman clearly sites Beattie and Geiger s Frozen in Time as an inspiration, he never heavily relies on it An intense [...]

    8. David R. says:

      This is one of the very best studies of the doomed Franklin expedition in the Arctic in the 1840s Cookman nails down the fate of the mariners, particular in a thorough review of the appallingly toxic food provided the sailors The story telling is quite good and the book becomes a genuine page turner as the expedition fell apart.

    9. Punk says:

      Non Fiction A sensationalist account of the Franklin Expedition, interested in drama than accuracy, and full of misinformation It also features rampant speculation, erratic footnotes, and the author s assumptions repeatedly presented as fact.For example Miraculously in June of 1847, after ten months trapped in the pack ice, everyone was alive and well We have no way of knowing that But Cookman thinks he does There is no other explanation for Commander Gore s All well message in the spring of 18 [...]

    10. Erica says:

      Not great Writing style ricocheted between pedantic and overwrought Lots and lots of speculation most likely because is not a phrase I seek in my nonfiction at this rate of use I wanted very badly to enjoy this book, but couldn t.

    11. Susan says:

      I m fascinated by the Franklin expedition and was happy to have found this book which I enjoyed The first few chapters explain some interesting back history of the main players Sir John Franklin, Sir John Barrow, Francis Crozier, James Fitzjames, etc The book contains a few maps which help to place the ships en route near King William Island There are also illustrations of the ship s layout, and photos showing artifacts, contracts, and provision lists.My main criticism of this book is that there [...]

    12. Lynley says:

      I really enjoyed this, insofar as you can enjoy a disaster story I was expecting a man against nature story but in fact it s like true crime There s a very human villain in all of this, and I m imaging he looked like illustrations of Dickens Scrooge I spent the whole book riveted and disgusted Historically, there s to it than the disappearance of the ships It s about Franklin in Tasmania, Victorian medicine, London s poverty and the limitations of English technology, in an age where they felt [...]

    13. C.J. Ruby says:

      I found this a highly readable account of the Franklin Expedition I d always wondered why men went on these polar expeditions, since the glory only went to the leaders Turns out it was the money And even the money wasn t enough for men to return Only 8 men were veterans of the Discovery Service on the Franklin Expedition One time facing the terror of the north or south seems to have been enough for most sailors The book has its flaws as noted by other reviews It deals in a great bit of undocumen [...]

    14. VerJean says:

      Heard about this particular book from a client who had a family member searching by air for any remains artifacts from this expedition.It s of great interest and I have other books on the subject, also.Started reading aloud with Winston during the summer on the MI cottage sunny hillside But, he still didn t want to hear any about just how cold it was and how these men suffered from the cold.It is a bit gruesome at times.So I finished and shared the highlights of rest of book.Read in 2005.

    15. Lydia says:

      I spent most of this book wondering How can you possibly know that So many speculations and assumptions offered without any documentary evidence or completely opposite from what evidence exists Dan Simmons seems to have relied heavily on this book, lifting his characterizations, factoids, jargon, and plot largely from it That kind of unfounded speculation works when you re offering a fictional novel but not when the book purports to be non fiction I got so aggravated by the lack of primary evide [...]

    16. Richard Jacoby says:

      This was a quick read Pretty interesting Sad story I checked it out because I wanted to read Dan Simmon s nove The Terror Several readers recommended reading this first since Simmons novel is a fictionalization of the events of the lost expeditition People who like nonfiction books could do worse than this story So much is still not known about this story The full story has yet to be told if it ever can be told.

    17. Rachel says:

      An excellent account of Sir Franklin s polar expedition, from every angle The writing was perfect and the author s accidentally interjected opinion in some areas was refreshing It tended to be a little hopeless in depressing in some parts, but that only served to make you feel as though you were truly experiencing it all the The terrific afterword is the best part of the book gave me chills

    18. Alaina says:

      Cookman does an excellent job of making the expedition real I particularly liked the diagram and description of the lower deck of the ship, showing the configuration of the living quarters, and the explanation of what kinds of food the crewmen and officers were given to eat The appendix on medical treatments available at the time was also quite informative and horrifying From what I can tell, the botulism thesis seems well supported.

    19. Julia says:

      A fascinating and detailed account of what is known about the Franklin expedition This was a truly harrowing read, which is why it took me so long to finish The author ends with a passionate and convincing defence of Franklin, who is often portrayed as a bumbler, but was instead a victim of circumstance.

    20. Jenny says:

      Not quite as well written, nor, it seemed, quite as exhaustively researched as some other books on the Franklin expedition that I ve read, it nonetheless does outline a good case for botulism as a primary culprit in the failure of the expedition.

    21. Joshua Horn says:

      An interesting story But there is little evidence remaining from it The author, in trying to weave a cohesive story, includes a lot of speculation Sometimes he does not distinguish between his guessing and what is actually known.

    22. Brian says:

      I read this on the heels of The Terror by Dan Simmons Nice supplement, but a bit too speculative I enjoyed it with Simmons, but here it just seemed like so much rehashing of other works with little to add.

    23. Bryan Cottle says:

      Interesting book that will leave you feeling cold A historic expedition that went horribly wrong is pasted together with the best available historical resources Warning This company did resort to cannibalistic tendencies to survive and you will read about it.

    24. Stella says:

      I am almost positive that this is the book I read several years ago I am having trouble finding it at the library now.

    25. John Adams says:

      He speculates pretty freely about the motivations of the folks behind the Franklin expedition, but in doing so crafts an engaging and compelling account of the disaster and the reasons behind it.

    26. Sara Peattie says:

      A horror story about bad government procurement practices, cumulating in a truly nauseating interval of bad food preparation Canned goods wiped them out to the last man, seemingly.

    27. Ruth says:

      fascinating yet chilling no pun intended account

    28. Baco says:

      Really compelling but very speculative and sorely in need of citations.

    29. Tracey says:

      Interesting historically and puts forward a plausible and reasoned argument as to the cause of the disastrous failure of the venture Easy reading style and well researched.

    30. Clare says:

      Does not distinguish between fact and speculation of which there is much.

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