Parts of this book were really good and others seemed to drag on a bit too long. It read sort of like a whodunnit mystery, but without the red herringParts of this book were really good and others seemed to drag on a bit too long. It read sort of like a whodunnit mystery, but without the red herrings. The many lies and the cover-up testimonies were interesting to read about because the stories kept changing. No one wanted to admit to anything that would make them the cause or contributor to the tragedy and such a great loss of life. I liked reading most of the novel from the point of view of a newspaper reporter. At the same time, I didn't feel like their was enough about the Titanic tragedy itself, as the plot was more focused on the Californian.
Now, technically I understand the intention was to focus on the inaction of the other ship when they saw the rockets, which makes the Titanic's story all the more tragic because the boat was only ten or so miles away and could have saved a good number of passengers had they done something. The feeling I got at the conclusion of this book was more like I'd been reading depositions of the Nazi leaders and their testimonies of their participation in international war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials. So if you find that approach a bit dry, you might not stick with this book until the end.
My favorite part of the story was when the author showed the last hour of the Sage family's life. It was an intriguing perspective of how a large family with nine children might have dealt with the ship's sinking as a unit. Since the eleven member family actually died when the ship disappeared under water, I found it especially intriguing that not one of them survived. They didn't want to be separated even if that meant they could live, and that was an emotional part of the book for me. As a family they fought to stay together despite the hopelessness of their situation. Such a tragic ending.
All in all this was a decent story. Would I rave about it and recommend it to friends? Probably not. But that's just my opinion. What makes a Titanic themed story intriguing is the tragedy and experiencing the events as if you were there as the ship went down. The book did include some of these scenes, but most of the story was about digging up the facts and trying to get to the truth. That's the part that dragged on longer than necessary....more
I loved this story. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I wanted to read the book first anyway. It was well-written and made me think about some of theI loved this story. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I wanted to read the book first anyway. It was well-written and made me think about some of the events that happened from other people's perspectives. And the coolest thing about this story was Rachel's part in the Roman's understanding of Jewish history and how it all fits together with the Messiah. I loved how she even thought while making of the unleavened bread with it's stripes and holes and remembering what they meant. Everything tied back to the Messiah and Jesus fulfilling the prophecy that she grew up hearing about from her family's study of the Torah.
The author says at the end of the book she was not actually part of the movie due to time constraints, but Rachel was in the original screenplay. She was my favorite character. Even though she knew she was living in sin by allowing Clavius to visit her house, she still talked with him about the prophesies of her people and answered his questions when when he came to visit her at night. I found it fascinating how God still used their relationship to open his eyes to the possibility of God coming to earth in the form of a man and redeeming us all. I loved how she shows through his perspective that Jesus was utterly and completely dead, and then when he examined the tomb it didn't look like it was broken into but that something inside the tomb snapped the ropes, etc. Anyway, I can't wait to see the movie. ...more