10 April, 1912As the RMS Titanicleaves from Southampton Docks for her maiden voyage to New York, little do her 2,223 passengers dream of the powers at play on board the ship and the terrifying fate that awaits them far out in the icy wastes of the Atlantic.
For on board the Titanicare three men - among the richest in America - who, with the President of the United States an unwitting pawn in their scheme, are about to make an announcement that will change the course of history.
Aware of the gravity of the situation, the head of British Intelligence dispatches his best and most trusted agent, Alex Tremayne, onto the Titanic with one objective in mind - he has to stop the men from reaching New York, by whatever means necessary.
Aided by the cooly beautiful American agent Maria Weston, is Alex prepared for the lengths he will have to go to to fulfil his mission?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/03/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857208620
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Review by scuzzy
Strictly speaking I am not a Titaniac but I have watched and read a lot on the world's greatest disaster and so was looking forward to getting through this book. A mix of fact and fiction the story follows a British and American spy aboard the RMS Titanic on here maiden voyage. They are planted there to tail and dispose of three Germans who have in their possession a plan to have the US side with Germany in a pre-emptive war against Britain and her Empire.It makes for a great plot line once you can get your head around the fact that it was pretty damned unlikely and of course history has taught us otherwise, but in a race against time the agents live and love life onboard the world's greatest liner which of course, unbeknownst to all, is about to keep a date with a pretty large chunk on ice in the middle of the Atlantic.Taking the pending iceberg out of the story the plot throws in a curve ball in the fact that disaster or not, Titanic was never destined to reach New York and it is this side story that I found to be the gripping and well told. I was finding it harder and harder to keep with Alex and Maria (the spies) in their cat-and-mouse game with Voss & co (the baddies) as the constant references to "bad omens" about the trip and 'damned English' attitude to everything was winding me right up.And as one would expect, the story could not help but make some sort of love interest occur although thankfully not as obvious as Jack and Rose in the movie.This book was only published this year so is as new as one could expect, not that it matters considering the Titanic sunk 100 years ago, and it will appeal to a lot of readers out there. But for me I found the plot line too predictable and the ending (as so many of my recent books have done) was amateurish and unfulfilling, but that's just me.Doesn't the author's name seem like that you would expect in a spy novel?
Review by Ant.Harrison
Jack Steel’s Titanic conspiracy thriller is a fairly straightforward ‘boy’s own’-type story, concerning a British secret service agent, and his (naturally) glamorous assistant/American agent; in many ways it reminded me of the action-adventure fiction I used to devour as a teenager. I have to admit, the story was fairly engaging on a superficial level, but that’s all it is – there’s no depth to the writing or the characterisation, and all the standard clichés for this type of book are present and correct: almost invincible super-spy hero, enigmatic female interest, a mad-cap scheme to dominate the world/change the course of history by the villain, gruff and uncompromising SIS boss, and a romantic locale. To be honest, the novel struggles to establish even its own sense of internal logic; the idea that the government would even contemplate the actions described on the basis of such paper-thin ‘evidence’ is clearly preposterous. I got the feeling that Steel had been toying with the idea of how to write a story whereby it wasn’t an iceberg that sank the Titanic, and then worked backwards, using all sorts of implausible events and plot devices in order to get to that point.<br/><br/>This is what you can call an ‘easy-read’, airport fiction, or something to read on a long train journey – sort of enjoyable on a very superficial level, with sparse writing, and lots of PLOT, PLOT, PLOT to keep you turning those pages. There was no convincing sense of time or place, and I had to keep reminding myself that the story’s set in 1912, so modern was the dialogue (and there’s lots of it), and the attitudes and behaviour of the characters. I guess the author achieved his aim of getting the reader to want to complete the book, but I was left feeling unsatisfied and under-whelmed by the all-too-predictable ending. <br/>