Dead Men by Richard Pierce

78%

11 Critic Reviews

Pierce combines this empathetic flair with an instinct for good storytelling, to create characters that contain just the right blend of quirkiness and vulnerability to make them likeable.
-Guardian

Synopsis

A century after Scott's doomed expedition, one woman ventures under the Antarctic ice. The discovery of Captain Scott's body in the Antarctic in 1912 started a global obsession with him as a man and an explorer.

But a central mystery remains -- why did he and his companions remain during their last ten days in a tent just 11 miles from the safety of their food and fuel depot? Birdie Bowers, an infamously secretive painter, is a woman with a dead man's name: Henry "Birdie" Bowers was one of Scott's companions. A century after his death, she is determined to discover what really happened to him. On her way to view some of the relics from Scott's tent, she collapses and is rescued by Adam, a bored computer expert–who falls in love with her so completely that he agrees to travel with her to the Antarctic to discover the site of Scott's tent, now encased beneath 30 yards of ice. Dead Men tells the story of two journeys. One is of Scott's tragic exploration of the world's coldest continent; the other is of self-discovery and passion in the present day. A debut that ranks with the best of Sarah Waters or Scarlett Thomas, Dead Men is a novel about obsession, life, and death, and the redemptive power of love.
 

About Richard Pierce

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RICHARD PIERCE was born in 1960 and has lived in 21 different places since. He was educated in Germany and England. Dead Men is his debut novel.
 
Published May 24, 2012 by The Overlook Press. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dead Men
All: 11 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Ayearofreadingwomen on Jul 18 2012

Pierce combines this empathetic flair with an instinct for good storytelling, to create characters that contain just the right blend of quirkiness and vulnerability to make them likeable.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Caroline Greene on Apr 19 2012

The unfolding events suggest perhaps more mysticism than mystery, and the weaving in and out of fact and fiction asks you to make some shifts in belief

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History Made Fresh Everyday

Excellent
Reviewed by Cathryn Prince on May 30 2012

To read “Dead Men” is to read a story that beautifully explores the power of the past, the power of words, and the power of exploration.

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All the Books I Can Read

Good
Jun 04 2012

I think the blend of realism and fictional embellishment will also appeal to those who like their fiction grounded in truth when it deals with real events and real people.

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Milo's Rambles

Good
Mar 23 2012

A remarkable debut, Dead Men deserves to be read. It’s as simple as that. It will educate and entertain simultaneously, a clever blend of old and new, meticulously morphed to bring together a time forgotten.

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Lovely Treez Reads

Good
Reviewed by Teresa on Mar 15 2012

My favourite parts of the novel are those set in the Antarctic, both past and present, as the writer really captures the beautiful desolation of the landscape – an environment which could turn on you and kill you without warning.

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For Winter Nights

Good
Feb 22 2012

It is, however, poetically told and I was as moved by it as, at times, I was frightened. It’s a gentle, relatively short and well-written tale focusing on characters past and present with whom we quickly become involved.

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Craig Hallam

Good
May 12 2012

This book is neither formulaic or predictable. I can honestly say that there is nothing I’ve ever read which has been quite like Dead Men.

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Zen And The Art Of Tightrope Walking

Good
Reviewed by Vivienne Tuffnell on Jul 13 2012

Meticulously researched, the background is woven in seamlessly to such an extent that you don’t even notice you’re being subtly educated about all things Polar.

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Fourth Person. Obscured.

Good
Reviewed by Kimberly Menozzi on Mar 23 2012

If the reader is like me, they will also come away from this book with a sense of satisfaction...and then, finally, a sense of gratitude for Richard Pierce having shared this story with us.

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Katie Ward

Good
Reviewed by Katie Ward on Mar 22 2012

Dead Men is an emotional adventure and an unsettling ghost story. It’s an exploration of those two opposing magnetic forces – the one pulling us onward, and the one pulling us home

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