Book Review | Titanic 2012

Title: Titanic 2012

Author: Bill Walker

About the Book:

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:

It’s been nearly 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, and people are as fascinated with it today as they were back then. None more so than Harlon Astor, real estate tycoon and great-grandson of John Jacob Astor IV, who perished that fateful night.

Sitting around a table at the Harvard Club, celebrating their 20th reunion from Harvard is Trevor Hughes, best-selling author, who only attended this meet-up after being pressured to do so by his girlfriend, never thinking that this meeting would change his life forever. Also present are Solly Ruben, Wall Street guru, Kan Faust, software mogul, and Harlon Astor, the string that ties together this circle of friends.

They’re enjoying an afternoon of catching up when Harlan drops the bomb. He’s going to do what no one else has done – he’s rebuilding the Titanic, exactly as it was 100 years ago, down to the cups used in the dining room to the uniforms the crew wore. No detail, no matter how small, will be overlooked.

Along with hundreds of hand-picked travelers, Harlon invites Trevor to join them on what is sure to be the trip of a lifetime, a journey that he wants Trevor to document in a book. Harlon spares no expense on this trip, from providing first class accommodations for Trevor, to having Kate Winslet herself christen the new ship.

Armed with his iPod touch and glasses with a hidden camera, Trevor begins his interviews, eager to find out why each person chose to make this trip. However, not everyone is as cooperative as Harlon led him to believe they would be. The stories touch him deeply, but they all seem to have a common tragic thread, and things start to rapidly fall into place for him. Then Trevor meets Maddy, and another Titanic love story is born. But will their love repeat that of Jack & Rose, or will the ending be much happier?

The return to Titanic is every bit as poignant as the original voyage. The author brings you right aboard the ship with his extremely descriptive narrative, making you feel as if you were sailing along with the characters. While I understand the route the author took with the ending, I found it to be a little to perfect for me. I would have preferred something a little less expected, but still found Titanic 2012 worth the trip. Titanic 2012 is an emotional journey that will pit friend against friend, bring closure to some, bring lovers together and possibly tear some apart.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*


Lori live in Boston with her maltese puppy Sadie, and during her free time she loves to read and spend time with her three nieces. She has been reviewing and blogging about books for four years at Lori's Reading Corner.

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