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by Matt Forbeck

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It's Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.

When the survivors of the Titanic are picked up by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over.

But something's sleeping in the darkest recesses of the ship. Something old. Something hungry.

File Under: Fantasy [ Bump In The Night | Unthinkable | Rescue Remedy | 1912 Overture

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It's Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.

When the survivors of the Titanic are picked up by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over.

But something's sleeping in the darkest recesses of the ship. Something old. Something hungry.

File Under: Fantasy [ Bump In The Night | Unthinkable | Rescue Remedy | 1912 Overture ]

e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-203-3

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Publishers Weekly
Pretension leaps from the very first page of this trivial, tepid reworking of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Forbeck tries to make up for the unoriginal love triangle of Quin Harker, Abe Holmwood, and Lucy Seward with audacity that he then buries under excruciating exposition. It takes 19 chapters to revisit the sinking of the Titanic and get the protagonists together on the Carpathia. By the time blood-drinking horror is finally loosed upon the traumatized survivors of the Titanic’s destruction, it’s difficult to care; the spectacle of Quin and Abe conversing in eloquent full sentences for over an hour as they float, unharmed, in the freezing Atlantic has already un-suspended any disbelief a reader could muster. Stoker’s rich work is mined only for names and fun facts about vampires. The assimilation of superficial facts is competent enough, but the lack of pacing, original world-building, or accuracy in real-world details (standardized size labels on British gentlemen’s clothes? In 1912?) deprives the story of any emotional impact. (Mar.)
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Carpathia is a dangerous collision of rich historical drama and epic horror. Beautifully written, completely disturbing… and highly recommended.” - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin's Code and Dead of Night

"Carpathia is fast, furious, and great fun."
-Eric Brown, The Guardian

"Forbeck effortlessly blends history and horror, the Titanic and vampires, along with adventure and romance in a fast-paced, chilling novel that moves like a bat out of hell." - Aaron Rosenberg, author of the bestselling No Small Bills

"Hell comes to the high seas as James Cameron's Titanic crashes full-force into the iceberg that is Bram Stoker's Dracula. Forbeck sinks his fangs into one helluva horror story, robbing from real history to set up an epic showdown between man and vampire (and between vampire and vampire) on the RMS Carpathia." - Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds

"No doubt that there will be a slew of Titanic themed books, TV films and documentaries this year but I doubt any will be so much fun as Carpathia... Carpathia is fast-paced, easy reading and whether you pity the vampires or not, there is plenty of dramatic entertainment and exciting action here." - Love Vampires

Priase for Amortals:
“Matt Forbeck takes the plausible and pulls out all the stops in this mind-blowing, high-concept thriller.  It doesn’t get any better than this … especially in the near future!” - Jim Lee

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Carpathia 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Lilo02 More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest I found this one to be quit entertaining. It would be interesting to see what this would have looked like if it was made into a movie though.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
Matt Forbeck's Carpathia wasn't quite what I was expecting, which is both good and bad. On the positive side, he wastes no time in getting to the iceberg, and does an amazing job detailing the actual sinking of Titanic. Some readers may feel the sinking is drawn out a bit too long, but I thought the pacing was perfect, really allowing him to create some tension and establish the all-too-real horrors the survivors were forced to endure. Having the characters spend so much time in the water also allows for the supernatural horror to make an early appearance, with a small group of vampires slipping out of Carpathia's hold to menace the survivors, a la Peter Benchley's Jaws. In reality, I doubt the survivors would have really been worried about sharks in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, but it's a fun scene that works well, so I'm willing to ignore the discrepancy. It's once we get on board Carpathia that the story crashed headlong into my expectations, the pace slowed, and things began to flounder a bit. Instead of capitalizing on the claustrophobic confines of a ship and the sense of isolation at sea, allowing the overpowering scent of blood and death in the air to inflame the hunger and lust of the stowaways, Forbeck seems content to fill space with a little mystery and romance. That's not to say the mystery angle doesn't work - it does, and quite well - but I really wanted to see some carnage, with battles and bodies strewn throughout the ship. As for the romance, I had a harder time swallowing it than I did anything supernatural, but as awkward as the love triangle is, it does set up a rather satisfying conclusion a lot further on. There is, of course, a somewhat forced connection to the Dracula mythos here, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. Forbeck drops some rather suggestive names on us early on in Quin Harker, Abe Holmword and Lucy Seward, but takes far too long to clarify their connection to the Harker, Holmwood, and Seward we know so well, confusing rather than intriguing the reader. He eventually does make the connection, alluding to the fact that Bram's novel was more fact than fiction, but he fails to establish any sort of link between the vampires of Dracula and those of Carpathia. While I'm glad he didn't use the tired old son/daughter/sire of Dracula angle that has been used in so many pseudo-sequels, you can't just make the connection and then let it hang there, with no resolution. The last part of the story certainly offers up some surprises, especially following the discovery of the vampires' lair deep within the cargo hold, and Forbeck finally offers us some of the carnage we were waiting for. After such a long lull, a lot of significant activity happens very quickly, and there's a 'twist' to the love triangle that I definitely saw coming for a while, but it all makes for a satisfying conclusion. One final note, I have to give him full credit for sticking so well to the conventions, language, and dialogue of the Victorian era - it really does feel like and 'old' story, and there are no jarring incongruities to remind you that it's not.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some surprises but some predictable plot events. If you like the premise youd love the book the terror by dan simmons.