The Company of the Dead

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A mysterious man appears aboard the Titanic on its doomed voyage. His mission? To save the ship.

The result? A world where the United States never entered World War I, thus launching the secret history of the 20th Century.

In April 2012, Joseph Kennedy—nephew of John F. Kennedy—lives in an America occupied in the East by Greater Germany and on the West Coast by Imperial Japan. He is one of six people who can ...

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Overview

A mysterious man appears aboard the Titanic on its doomed voyage. His mission? To save the ship.

The result? A world where the United States never entered World War I, thus launching the secret history of the 20th Century.

In April 2012, Joseph Kennedy—nephew of John F. Kennedy—lives in an America occupied in the East by Greater Germany and on the West Coast by Imperial Japan. He is one of six people who can restore history to its rightful order — even though it would mean his death, and the deaths of everyone he loves.

A magnificent alternate history, set against the backdrop of one of the the greatest maritime disasters of the 20th century.

“Imaginative, monolithic, action-packed… The reader will not be disappointed.” — Bookseller and Publisher

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Time travel, airships, the Titanic, Roswell: from these well-worn bones, Kowalski builds a decidedly original creature that blends military science fiction, conspiracy theory, alternate history, and even a dash of romance. In a very different 2012, Joseph Kennedy, a major in the Confederate army, must play the German and Japanese empires off against each other, as well as the Union and Confederate governments, to save the world from meddling time travelers who could bring about humanity’s extinction. The weary, gritty mood of men pushing themselves beyond endurance lends an emotionally compelling touch to even the woolliest aspects of the plot, such as where the time machine came from, how it works, and why it gives people strange visions. Unfortunately, the female characters are mostly offstage and passive; Kowalski is best at exploring the much more complex relationships among male allies, enemies, and rivals. (Mar.)
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“A magnificent alternate history, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest maritime disasters.”  — Library Journal

“Time travel, airships, the Titanic, Roswell: from these well-worn bones, Kowalski builds a decidedly original creature that blends military science fiction, conspiracy theory, alternate history, and even a dash of romance.”  — Publishers Weekly

"An excessively exciting reading experience." - Tor.com

“***** A clever mix of sci-fi thriller, epic alternate history tale and intelligent spy adventure.” - Sci-Fi Now

"David Kowalski’s alternative Earth is lovingly crafted, inhabited by plausible characters all its own." - SFX

"A book that fans of science fiction/alternate history almost owe themselves to read." - Fandom Post

"Up there in the top echelon of time travel fiction." - The Daily Rotation

"If you are a history buff, if you’re interested in the story and fact behind the Titanic, enjoy alternate realities or just a darn good sci-fi novel, then The Company of the Dead will absolutely blow you out of the water. You’ll wish that you could go back in time and read it again and again." - 8 Days A Geek

"[The Company of the Dead] combines conspiracies, time travel, science fiction, and historical drama into an exciting, action-packed adventure that you'll have a hard time pulling yourself away from." - Forces of Geek

"The writing is tense, confident and pacy while the story itself is involving and very much action packed with descriptive verse and a real depth...complete with a powerful ending, recommended." - SF Book Reviews

"A virtuoso performance, a near-perfect blend of speculative fiction and adventure story" - Open Letters Monthly

"Exciting action, twisty and ingenious characterization, and complicated time-travel plotting deftly handled" — S.M. StirlingNew York Times bestselling author of The Tears of the Sun

"This vivid sci-fi-military-thriller packs a lot of punch." - Geeks of Doom

"An excellent piece of alternate history/Sci-Fi literature. As a lifelong history buff I was totally engaged and often found myself marveling at how wonderfully Kowalski had woven together his historical tapestry." - Famous Monsters 

"Think an alternate history Indiana Jones-style adventure wedded to a complicated time story." - Sci Fi Movie Page 

Library Journal
Its daunting length notwithstanding, Kowalski's first novel (originally published in Australia in 2004, where it won two prestigious sf awards) is a tightly plotted, action-packed tale that will satisfy speculative-history buffs and lovers of political thrillers alike. Titanic enthusiast Jonathan Wells, having discovered a means of time travel, stages a well-intentioned but ill-considered attempt to avert the sinking of the doomed liner on April 15, 1912. The attempt proves fruitless but changes that night's events just enough to keep the United States out of World War I. By the 21st century, unchecked German and Japanese aggression has reduced America to a third-rate power, its streets occupied by Japanese soldiers and fragmented by a second Southern secession. Enter Joseph Kennedy, Confederate intelligence operative and fictional scion of the iconic American clan, who comes across Wells's diary, recovered from the Titanic's wreckage. Convinced that an unaltered history, even one containing the horrors of the 20th century that we know, is preferable to the present with its looming prospect of a civilization-ending war, he decides to try to change history back. VERDICT Despite some overlong expository passages in its early chapters, this is an enthralling read, populated with sympathetic characters and believable science.—John Harvey, Irving P.L., TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857686664
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 680,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.98 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kowalski is an obstetrician and gynecologist living in Sydney, Australia. Although he has written for many professional journals, The Company of the Dead is his first work of fiction and the winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Novel and Best Science Fiction Novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    I really liked the premise of the book. A couple of chapters los

    I really liked the premise of the book. A couple of chapters lost me and I had to re-read them for clarity, but my biggest complaint is the length. The beginning is really good and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next, then the middle gets really bogged down and slow but picks up again at the end. I think if the author had edited it down it would've been much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    I both enjoyed and was disappointed by "The Company of the

    I both enjoyed and was disappointed by "The Company of the Dead." Initially, it is hard enough to take on and handle themes like time travel, resulting paradoxs, time loops, new world orders, apocalyptic wars, the Titanic sinking (twice), etc., but to do so in over 750 pages (my copy) exacerbates those difficulties. Although I enjoyed this book, I would have enjoyed it more if it had been subject to more carefull editing - it could have lost about 200 or so pages. For example, at least for me, I failed to see all the reasons for the interminably long description of the trip from New York south and then west. While parts of it helped the story much of it did not. Also, the dialogue between characters was for me many times cryptic and hard to follow..... I found my self wondering who was saying what to whom and why and what did they mean. Also, certain characters where in the story whose meaning and purpose were hard for me to grasp given the nature of the character (as described over many pages) and what they did and how they faired in the novel (e.g., Webster).. and who the heck was Stead and what purpose did he serve? I think this book would have been a five star, for me that is, if it were shorter and if a character had been added as a surrogate for the reader to ask the main characters questions so that the confused reader could essentially have things explained to them through this inquisitive character. But there was no such character and many times I found myself re-reading sections, trying to understand certain aspects of the story, sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always reading on. So, notwithstanding the above comments, I WOULD RECOMMEND this book to a friend (hey I gave it to my wife to read) but I would caution you to read slowly and perhaps even take notes!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Don't miss this one. If you like time travel, science fiction,

    Don't miss this one. If you like time travel, science fiction, and history all wrapped around the Titanic you won't want to miss this 750 page opus. The characters are well drawn and believable and the plot grabs hold of you. There are plenty of twists and turns to please everyone. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    First off, I did enjoy the book on whole. That said, there were

    First off, I did enjoy the book on whole. That said, there were some areas in which it fell short of my expectations. Like the first reviewer, I felt the book had a fantastic opening. When it hit the middle it slowed down significantly, and some of it was difficult to read. I felt a lot of it could have been omitted or significantly shortened and not harmed the integrity of the story. The last 200 pages were very fast paced and it drew you along. It felt to me that the author spent too much time world building, and not enough time pushing the plot forward. It's my personal opinion, and not everyone will agree with me on it. Despite all that, I really enjoyed the story and the characters. There were even some great surprises. I wouldn't recommend this book to all my friends, but certainly to those who like alt-history or the Titanic.

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