Ice Ghosts

The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The true story of the greatest mystery of Arctic exploration-and the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge that led to the shipwreck's recent discovery.

Ice Ghosts
weaves together the epic story of the Franklin Expedition-whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice-with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incredible discovery of the flagship's wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of the HMS Erebus and Terror setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization, and the decades of searching that turned up only rumours of cannibalism and a few scattered papers and bones-until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.


Advance Praise for Ice Ghosts:
"A splendid achievement." Ken McGoogan, Globe and Mail

"Riveting. . . . An engrossing chronicle of a legendary doomed naval voyage and the nearly 200-year effort to bring the Franklin Expedition to a close." Booklist

"[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." Discover Magazine

"An incredible yarn." Boston Globe

Fascinating." Dallas Morning News

"A must-read for anyone fascinated with the history—and future—of Arctic exploration." Reader's Digest

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

• "Watson's meticulously researched tale finely weaves together the many voices and experiences of those who sought Franklin's long-missing ships." Publishers Weekly

"A thorough and entertaining account of the efforts to locate the ships. . . . Watson's great descriptive prose is on full display." Quill & Quire

Praise for Paul Watson's Where War Lives:

 • "It's one of the finest Canadian books ever: beautifully written." Brian Bethune, Maclean's
 • "Watson is a natural storyteller, and he has one hell of a story to tell." Globe and Mail
 • "Gripping and courageous . . . This book is a thriller." Ottawa Citizen