TITLE: Titanic 2012
AUTHOR: Bill Walker
PUBLISHED BY: Cemetery Dance Publications (EBook)
Bill Walker Designs (POD Print On Demand)
ISBN-13: 978-0615592398 GENRE: Mystery/Romance
Best-selling mystery novelist Trevor Hughes has no idea that attending his twentieth reunion at Harvard will forever change his life. Persuaded to go by his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Dr. Julia Magnusson, he meets up with three old friends: Solly Rubens, a self-made Wall Street millionaire; Ken Faust, a successful software entrepreneur; and Harlan Astor, New York real estate tycoon and the glue that holds their circle together. That afternoon, over drinks at the Harvard Club, Harlan drops his bombshell: He is doing what James Cameron did not -- he is rebuilding the Titanic, and sailing the ship on the hundredth anniversary to honor those who died, including his great-grandfather, John Jacob Astor IV. Only Trevor is intrigued by Harlan's audacity. Touched by his friend's interest and concern, Harlan invites him on the maiden voyage to serve as the official chronicler. On April 10, 2012, Trevor journeys to Southampton and, along with the hundreds of handpicked passengers, boards the Titanic. He is awed by the immensity of the ship and the feelings that well up in him. His friend has made his grand dream a reality. During the journey, armed with his iPod Touch and a miniature wireless camera hidden in his glasses, Trevor interviews both passengers and crew, eager to learn the reasons why they chose to sail on the reborn ship. Nearly every one of them claims to have been profoundly affected by Cameron's film, wanting to recapture the magic for themselves. And some of them are dying -- their last wish to be on the maiden voyage of the new Titanic. Trevor is touched that his friend has allowed these people to come aboard, and is unprepared when he meets Madeleine Regehr, a beautiful, free-spirited woman who resists his entreaties to be interviewed, intriguing Trevor all the more. Slowly, and inexorably, Maddy draws him out of his shell, allowing him to love deeply and completely, for the very first time in his life. But Trevor soon discovers a darker purpose for the voyage, a purpose that threatens to destroy him and the woman he loves. In a race against time that pits friend against friend, Trevor must stop the unstoppable or risk a horrific replay of history...
A graduate of Emerson College's prestigious film school, Bill wrote and directed his first feature film, Pawn, while still a student. After graduation, he co-founded Newbury Filmworks, Inc., an award-winning production company renowned for making high-quality corporate films and commercials. In 1990, Bill relocated to Los Angeles, and began a freelance story analysis career for various studios and independent production companies, while devoting his spare time to the writing of novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is also a highly-respected graphic designer, specializing in book and dust jacket design. He has worked on books by such luminaries as: Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. In addition, Bill is a member of the Authors Guild. He has won awards for his screenwriting, his two short story collections for Mid-Graders, Five-Minute Frights and Five-Minute Chillers, are perennial Halloween favorites, and his first novel, Titanic 2012 was enthusiastically received by readers. His second novel, Camp Stalag was released in 2001. Bill lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Debbie, and their sons, Jeffrey and Brian.
The Titanic has always fascinated me, I read what I could and watched whatever shows and movies that there were available on this magnificent vessel who's life was too short and tragic. This story takes place in 2012, one hundred years after the fatal voyage and the main character is Trevor Hughes. Trevor is an established author who is friends with Harlan Astor and while having drinks at the Harvard Club with a few other friends, Harlan proceeds to tell the others that he is rebuilding the Titanic. He claims that he wants to honor his great great grandfather and all the other people who lost their lives when the original Titanic sank on it's maiden voyage. Harlan wants Trevor to write a book about this undertaking, complete with interviews and stories from the passengers that will be on this new ship. At first everything seems above board for Trevor and he is excited as he interviews some of the people on board.
This Titanic is not just a replica, it is the Titanic in all its original glory even to the point of no telecommunications such as cell phones and computers, although Trevor has these items with him as he interviews and writes. The ship communicates through the use of a Marconi. The Captain is also following the same path that the original vessel took. Trevor meets a woman on board that he falls in love with and is looking forward to spending more time with her after the cruise is over. Things are not what they seem to be though and what transpires certainly is not what Trevor thought would happen or me for that matter. After an elderly woman dies on board and is buried at see is when Trevor starts thinking that things are not right. To say more would be a spoiler. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and like a few other reviewers said "When will the movie come out?". If you have any interest in the Titanic or it's history, then you should read this book. A very interesting twist...
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