Something's Alive on the Titanic
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Something's Alive on the Titanic

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Eighty years ago, the "unsinkable" Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, sending the ship and 1,503 passengers to a watery grave. Now, a group of scientists and adventurers going down to explore the wreck are unprepared for the terror awaiting them. . . . A thriller by the brother of Twilight Zone's Rod Serling. Martin's.
Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1990)
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Matt
Your mom was probably right about a lot of things (your eyes did stick that way; those sticks and stones did break your bones), but she was wrong about this: you can judge a book by its cover.

At least this book.

Start with the cover art. You see the hull of a ship, underwater, encrusted with rust and barnacles. There is a wine bottle and glass nestled in the sand, alongside a half-buried life buoy. (You might ask yourself, why did the buoy sink? That’s your first mistake with a book like this....more
Victoria
Ehhh...this book was not quite as good as I hoped it would be. I loved the premise (Ballard was not really the first one to find the Titanic, there was a first expedition in 1975 and the book is split in two between this first expedition and one in 1995) but the pacing of the book was off. It was too slow-moving when it should be faster and too brief where more detail would have been nice. What was interesting as well was that this book was first published about 7 years before the blockbuster fi...more
Mary JL
Dec 26, 2009 Mary JL rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of advneture; Titanic buffs, ghost story fans
Recommended to Mary JL by: The title caught my eye--a good concept
Shelves: action-adventure
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Lori
I get completely geeked out over the Titanic. I love to read books about her and yes, I have watched the 1996 movie multiple times. Don't judge, please. I had not heard of author Robert Serling but meshing the Titanic with the supernatural? Sign me up.

To start, the cover does a wonderful job of conveying the story hiding inside. It will make you wonder. Throughout most of the book. And in a good way.

Mr. Serling does an admirable job of taking the real 1985 dive of Robert Ballard and suggesting...more
CJ
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Alex
I am almost ashamed at how much I loved this book - I thought it was imaginative, creepy and brilliant. It reminded me of a Michael Crichton book, and I had such a hard time putting it down.

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Robin
Mar 10, 2008 Robin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Titanic freaks and anyone interested
If it has Titanic in the title, you know I have to get it and read it. This one has an interesting twist. It starts out in the 60s with an English man who is a renowned code breaker and Titanic enthusiast and he discovers that the Titanic was carrying an outrageously large cargo of gold bullion on board. He manages to get some folks together to dive down to locate and find the wreak and bring up as much of the bullion as possible. While they find the wreak, a bunch of weird things happen and eve...more
Timothy
Definitely not what I was hoping for, but kept me interested enough to finish. The story started strong and promising but then lost my interest when the author decided to write about the crew on the 75 expedition playing a game of bridge, from that point it was hard to keep me focused. Then came the mad dash to an expedition in 95, which really just seemed like the same story just retold in an updated fashion. What really kept me intrigued once in the story was set in 95 was the learning of a st...more
Stephanie Rabig
I didn't even look at the back description for this one-- just saw the title and it was in my basket. Anything having to do with the Titanic is of automatic interest to me, and I have a longstanding love affair with B-horror-movie type stuff, so a combination of the two is pretty much guaranteed to make me happy.

This one moved along really well, detailing first the doomed original secret expedition that searched for gold on the sunken ship, and then the group of people who follow them almost twe...more
Jonathan Mitchell
"Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling's brother Robert whips up a pleasantly eerie tale about the jealous ghosts of the Titanic and the adventurers in search of the treasure that went down with the ill-fated ship. Not surprisingly, it comes off like a long "TZ" episode (think fourth season installments like 'The Thirty-Fathom Grave' and 'Passage on the Lady Anne'). Serling occasionally waxes repetitive, but "Something's Alive on the Titanic" features enough suspense, scares and likable characters...more
Stacie
A story about a haunting on the Titanic! What more could a girl ask for?! I was VERY excited to delve into this book when my Beau pulled it out of his childhood book collection (knowing I would be all over it!) and I wasn't let down.
What I liked above all about this book was that it was interspliced with facts about the Titanic. The Titanic is such a great subject for a novel, and when you bring ghosts into the mix it takes it to a whole new level!
Aaron Delay
Wow. This book was just gobs of fun for me. I'm an oldschool Titanic geek and parts of this book had me smilin' wide like a fool. Some good haunting moments and pretty thrilling story combined with a acceptable ending makes this book something I'd enjoy reading again to pick up on details I missed. Fun and historical. Gotta love it!
Jammies
Dec 14, 2009 Jammies rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers with time and brain cells to kill
Saved from a one-star rating by the glorious, unmitigated cheesiness. Serling tries a little too hard to impress the reader with his stock of Titanic factoids, but if you need to turn off your brain and wallow in fast-pace cheesy action, this is the book for you.
Katy
Slightly silly, but a fun adventure story. Biggest downsides were that the story was slow at the beginning and that it never turned out to be as scary as I wanted or expected. Easy, quick read. The author clearly did a lot of research about the Titanic.
Simon Plaster
Cheesy but fun thriller. Who knew Rod Serling had a brother who wrote books? This might please your average TZ fan, like myself. Not a classic by any means but worth a look.
Jaime Contreras
Ths was a little far-fetched but decent writing made it fun to read. Mr. Serling is an accomplished author and Rod's brother.
Nimblehearse
ok this book was AWSOME! for once the salvagers are actually casted as the bad guys, just a great read all around.
Jeanine
This was great story; tense, creepy a winning combinatio of the Titanic and ghosts.
Erica
Apr 08, 2012 Erica added it
Shelves: 2012
decent enough, but definitely not a page turner for me...
Phuong
One of the scariest books I have read.
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