The Franklin Conspiracy: Cover-Up, Betrayal, and the Astonishing Secret behind the Lost Arctic Expedition

The Franklin Conspiracy: Cover-Up, Betrayal, and the Astonishing Secret behind the Lost Arctic Expedition

The Franklin Conspiracy: Cover-Up, Betrayal, and the Astonishing Secret behind the Lost Arctic Expedition

The Franklin Conspiracy: Cover-Up, Betrayal, and the Astonishing Secret behind the Lost Arctic Expedition

Synopsis

The Franklin Conspiracy is an absorbing account of the single most enigmatic event in Canadian history. In 1845, two British Royal Navy ships, the Erebus and the Terror, commanded by Sir John Franklin, entered the Canadian Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. Neither ship returned. A fifteen-year search uncovered evidence of unparalleled disaster, but to this day no one knows exactly how the 129 men of the Franklin Expedition met their deaths.

Although the expedition did not run out of food, there is clear evidence of cannibalism. The ships carried two hundred message cylinders with them, yet failed to leave records. Stranger still, an earlier explorer, Thomas Simpson, was reputedly murdered for the "secret of the Northwest Passage." What was this "secret"?

The Franklin Conspiracy is an exhaustively researched, compellingly reasoned answer to that question. The result is a shocking saga of conspiracy, cover-up, and unbelievable secrets.

Excerpt

John Robert Colombo

Strange is a good word to describe the mail and the e-mail that I receive.

Indeed, I sometimes think that I receive more strange — even weird — letters than anyone else in the country. People who send these letters do so in response to the books that I have published and continue to write on a variety of subjects — quotations, fantastic literature, native studies, research and reference questions about obscure Canadiana, anthologies, poetry, literary translations, UFOs, ghosts, hauntings, and mysteries!

That last word, “mysteries,” came to my mind on June 19, 2000, when the following e-mail appeared on my computer screen:

Dear John Robert Colombo,

I am writing to you hoping for advice and perhaps hoping
you might be interested in writing the foreword for a non-fic
tion book I have written about the Lost Franklin Expedition
called The Shaman Light: The Terrifying Truth Behind the
Lost Franklin Expedition
. As you know, many books have
already been written on this topic, but I think I can say with
out fear of contradiction that this is the very first to take this
peculiar route to a solution.

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