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A Thoroughly Enjoyable Alt History Tale,
This review is from: The Company of the Dead (Paperback)
Don't let the Titanic fool you. This book is not a centenary cash-in, but an intelligently construed time-travel/alt history/military fiction tale, where the Titanic's first cruise plays a central role. And it's a thoroughly enjoyable read.
The events start when a rather ordinary man from our timeline is whisked back in time to the early 1910s and sets out to prevent the disasters that he knows are about to come, starting with the sinking of the Titanic. The resulting timeline is indeed different, but not in the way expected. Then, in 2012, this new world is faced by a new kind of disaster which a mixed cast of characters try to prevent. And everything and everybody keep getting back to the Titanic.
It's better not to describe the world of The Company of The Dead in any detail because deciphering its nature and history are the two greatest pleasures one derives from reading the book. A work of alternative history has to present a credible argument for how its history unfolds. Also, depending on the nature of the work, the new history has to be reasonably realistic. In all these respects The Company of The Dead delivers. And the plot captured my interest from the beginning and held it until the end. Characters are many-sided and credible enough to keep the book being merely a straightforward thriller.
Yes, I hugely enjoyed the book. It's so well conceived and formed it's hard to believe this is the author's first book.