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Ice Ghosts

The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

Paul Watson (Author)

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"Intriguing [and] enjoyable." —Ian McGuire, New York Times Book Review

Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1845—whose two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, and their crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice—with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the recent incredible discoveries of the wrecks. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led one of the discovery expeditions, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story and reveals how a combination of faith in Inuit knowledge and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35586-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 416 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“An incredible yarn.” — Matthew Price, Boston Globe

“Fascinating.” — Bill Streever, Dallas Morning News

“Riveting.” — Robin McKie, Observer

“A splendid achievement.” — Ken McCoogan, Toronto Globe & Mail

“Watson’s story shines.… [Ice Ghosts is] different and more valuable than most of what comes from the cottage industry of Franklin books.” — David B. Williams, Seattle Times

“Engaging.… A keen, entertaining chronicle of the various attempts to locate a sensationally doomed expedition.” — Kirkus (starred review)

“[A] thrilling tale of science’s hunt to solve one of naval history’s greatest riddles.… [Watson’s] intimate familiarity with key players and places gives the reader an insider’s view of the operations.” — Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine

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