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"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
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“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
Posted September 22, 2012
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.
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Posted August 17, 2012
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.
Posted April 25, 2012
Posted June 8, 2012
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