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Bad formatting and poor grammar ruined this for me
on 20 June 2012
I really struggled with this book. The formatting is all over everywhere, the grammar and punctuation are poor and the sentences frequently are so long they stop making sense. Dialogue often appears mid-paragraph while the dialogue itself is unrealistic with long conversations that go nowhere or are repetitive. I didn't believe in any of the characters and especially in their verbal interactions. All of this got in the way of the story for me.
In a book about Titanic I also find it extremely poor research or poor editing when the main character asks if the ship's site is a memorial to those who died on April 12th 1912. It was April 14th when the ship hit the iceburg, 15th when it actually sank.
The story shifts between 2012 and 1912. I liked the time shifts and thought they gave the story some depth.
The actual story would have some potential if it was more carefully written, even though 'something spooky in the Titanic wreck' isn't a very original concept. Good Titanic fiction is hard to find and Clive Cussler (who the author mentions twice in his preface) still has no competition, in my opinion.
I got the feeling this was rushed, perhaps to be out in time for the centenary. As I was reading it I felt that it had been banged out with little care and attention to detail; which is a shame; I'm sure other readers like me are hungry for a good Titanic tale.