Thursday, April 5, 2012

Titanic 2012 Virtual Book Tour - Review



Welcome to my stop at the Titanic 2012 Virtual Book Tour! This tour is organized by Partners In Crime tours and by the author Bill Walker. My stop includes some information about the book, author and a review of Titanic 2012.



TITLE: Titanic 2012
AUTHOR: Bill Walker
PUBLISHED BY: Cemetery Dance Publications (EBook)
Bill Walker Designs (POD Print On Demand)
ISBN:
ISBN-10: 0615592392
ISBN-13: 978-0615592398
GENRE: Mystery/Romance

SYNOPSIS:

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...

My review:

Titanic 2012 by Bil Walker is a provocative book. The title itself is intriguing, because who would really retell the story of Titanic? There has been an excellent movie about Titanic by James Cameron which indeed in quite remarkable, but I think it is very risky challenge to write a book about  rebuilding the Titanic. Bill Walker did that in his Titanic 2012.

Regarding the plot:

Trevor Hughes is a successful and bestselling mystery writer who decides to go to reunion and meets up with old friends, amongst them real estate tycoon Harlan Astor. Harlan is revealing his idea to rebuild Titanic as it originally was. He has the money and means to do that and even though his friends have difficulties with believing that, Trevor is intrigued.

Harlan contacts Trevor when the big day is announced and gets Trevor on board of Titanic to take the first trip on the rebuilt ship. Trevor's task is to write a book about the trip of Titanic in 2012. Everything starts like a fairy tale - Kate Winslet is there to name and Christianize the boat, speeches are kept and Titanic sails out to the big ocean.

When Trevor is making interviews with people on board, he starts to realize, that the story is little darker as it seems.

I liked the plot even though I think it is dangerous path the author is taking by retelling Titanic story. There are also some things in the plot which in my opinion did not add up. I think the idea of rebuilding Titanic is somewhat crazy: first the money that Harlan Astor put into it and the extravaganza of the idea itself. Plus, if you think what really happened with Titanic, then the idea is far from glamorous. It was tragical. I had mixed feelings about the idea of the book. I think that some things need to stay buried and that includes the Titanic.

The other thing which disturbed me was that everybody knows what happened to Titanic and that made the plot of the story obvious - you knew that nothing nice can come out of it, the author cannot let the Titanic to survive. What made it more edible for me was the good life stories what the passengers had to tell -that was really the strong side of the book and it was genuinely interesting to me to read.

Regarding the characters:

I really liked the characters in Titanic 2012. Trevor was really well-written and amiable and I also enjoyed Maddie, but I mostly enjoyed the supportive characters in the book: people who told their stories to Trevor.

Generally:

Titanic 2012 was an interesting book to read, it was well-written with controversial plot. It was like a swan song for Titanic.





5 Flowers!
3 stars.


AUTHOR BIO:

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.

AUTHOR SITES:
website: http://www.billwalkernovels.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000852734908

Happy reading!

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for your honest review and fantastic post.

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thanks and thank you for coming by!

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  2. I have seen this book around the blogosphere a couple of times today, and yes, I am intrigued! Glad to hear that overall you enjoyed it. I am definitely interested in reading it, mainly because I just love Titanic stories (I am reading The Dressmaker now and it really ROCKS!). Thank you for an honest, detailed review <3 You are my review hero and I absolutely adore your posts!!!

    Evie @Bookish

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    1. Hi Evie,
      It is a good book to read, definitely.
      Haven't read The Dressmaker yet, but I do love stories related to Titanic.
      Thanks for your kind words, too!

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  3. Inga: Thank you for your kind review. It's appreciated.

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  4. This book has an interesting premise and I do love tales about the Titanic. I hope to see the traveling exhibit this summer.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

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