Titanic 2012

Titanic 2012

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by Bill Walker
     
 

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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

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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...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615592398
Publisher:
Bill Walker Designs
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
1,199,767
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Bill Walker lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Debbie and their two sons, Jeffrey and Brian. Bill is hard at work on his next novel.

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Titanic 2012 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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. Then the real story begins…. Dollycas’s Thoughts I can tell this author thinks very highly of James Cameron as the movie is mentioned several times in the book. Maybe Cameron could use this story for an upcoming movie as it seems perfect for adaption to the screen. This updated re-release of the original published in 1998 is very well written, I almost felt as if I were aboard the ship myself. He adds little touches to remember the past such as photos of the original passengers on the doors of each stateroom. The notes of detail making the new Titanic the same as the first and following the exact same path of travel gave the story a very ghostly feel. I was ready for the love story between Trevor and passenger Maddie. It wouldn’t be a homage to Cameron without the love story. The thing I wasn’t ready for was the dark and eerie turn the book took. The real plan behind the launch of this rebuilt Titanic left me feeling a rush of emotions. As first I was just plain mad at the author for choosing this path but sadness overtook that feeling as the fates of the passengers played out. You may need a little Kleenex while reading this story. Trevor is an awesome character and I am glad the author ended this story the way he did. The character was a treasure himself as the others Harvard circle would show their true colors. If you are a fan of James Cameron’s movie or a history buff on the sinking of the Titanic you will love this book. As the centennial approaches this is a story to pick up and read and then break out the DVD of the movie and remember those that were lost in that freezing ocean water on the fateful night of April 15, 1912.
MollyzReviewz More than 1 year ago
Since I was in high school when Titanic released in the theaters the first time around(yea I'm getting old, ya'll!), I was in love. Not only with the characters, but the fascination with the ship, and the events surrounding it. The time period is absolutely one of my favorites. So, I thought why not give Bill Walker's new take on Titanic a try. I'm certainly not as hooked on it as the historical one, for there's nothing quite like being transported back into history, and feeling the passion and intensity of the era. However, that being said, Walker certainly created a wonderful new approach to the retelling of Titanic. The characters of this book are enjoyable. They're not as complex as I like my characters to be, but they are still great for the roles they played. Harlan Astor is one of 4 friends who are in a tight nit circle. He's taking on a huge challenge: rebuilding the Titanic. He wants it to be perfect and he wants to replicate to the exact one that sank 100 years ago, including the course it sailed. The catch? Trevor Hughs, his friend and novelist, is going to write a book about it. Trevor is enlisted to ask questions of the passengers and document the entire trip. What Trevor wasn't counting on: falling in love and having the ship sink. Trevor endeavors on a sea of mysteriousness and ends up with a story line like no other. I can definitely see this as a modern day Titanic movie. It would be cool to see it on a big screen and compare the two movies. As Trevor dives into the writing for the journey, he takes on interviewing those who are on board. The passengers tell him of their favorite bits and pieces of the Titanic movie, and why they want to take on what they did. This book has visits from the actors from the original movie, references to the original passengers, my favorite being Molly Brown (of course, perhaps, because her name is Molly....???). The suspenseful plot line mirrors that of the original movie, but still embarks the reader on a unique journey along side the new characters, and the old! Harlan Astor's character has the passengers take a journey back into time, revisiting the greatest ship made, and feeling the emotions that the original Titanic passengers take on. This is definitely a 4 Book worthy read. From the uniqueness of the story line, to the intensity of the twists and turns, this is a book that I can see myself reading again and again. For any Titanic lover or mystery lover, this a book that I highly recommend you add to your book shelf! Bill Walker is most definitely a talented author and one that I am looking forward to reading more work by!
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
My review: Titanic 2012 by Bill Walker is a provocative book. The title itself is intriguing, because who would really retell the story of Titanic? There has been an excellent movie about Titanic by James Cameron which indeed in quite remarkable, but I think it is very risky challenge to write a book about rebuilding the Titanic. Bill Walker did that in his Titanic 2012. Regarding the plot: Trevor Hughes is a successful and bestselling mystery writer who decides to go to reunion and meets up with old friends, amongst them real estate tycoon Harlan Astor. Harlan is revealing his idea to rebuild Titanic as it originally was. He has the money and means to do that and even though his friends have difficulties with believing that, Trevor is intrigued. Harlan contacts Trevor when the big day is announced and gets Trevor on board of Titanic to take the first trip on the rebuilt ship. Trevor's task is to write a book about the trip of Titanic in 2012. Everything starts like a fairy tale - Kate Winslet is there to name and Christianize the boat, speeches are kept and Titanic sails out to the big ocean. When Trevor is making interviews with people on board, he starts to realize, that the story is little darker as it seems. I liked the plot even though I think it is dangerous path the author is taking by retelling Titanic story. There are also some things in the plot which in my opinion did not add up. I think the idea of rebuilding Titanic is somewhat crazy: first the money that Harlan Astor put into it and the extravaganza of the idea itself. Plus, if you think what really happened with Titanic, then the idea is far from glamorous. It was tragical. I had mixed feelings about the idea of the book. I think that some things need to stay buried and that includes the Titanic. The other thing which disturbed me was that everybody knows what happened to Titanic and that made the plot of the story obvious - you knew that nothing nice can come out of it, the author cannot let the Titanic to survive. What made it more edible for me was the good life stories what the passengers had to tell -that was really the strong side of the book and it was genuinely interesting to me to read. Regarding the characters: I really liked the characters in Titanic 2012. Trevor was really well-written and amiable and I also enjoyed Maddie, but I mostly enjoyed the supportive characters in the book: people who told their stories to Trevor. Generally: Titanic 2012 was an interesting book to read, it was well-written with controversial plot. It was like a swan song for Titanic.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Trevor Hughes is not your typical character. He is unhappy, depressed, and a tad on the crazy side at times. The book definitely follows James Cameron's movie, but with added twists and mysteries. The reader will love the mysteries in this novel, there are a few main ones and a few subplot mysteries. How did Trevor survive the "second sailing" of the Titanic? What do the others have to say about his sudden appearance? What really happened in Titanic's last few hours? There is a little bit of romance. Ironically, the reader will likely be so taken with the mystery and tension that he/she will not even focus too much on the romance. The reader will connect easily to Trevor, he is a flawed character, but very interesting. The other love interest is not as easy to connect to, but a pretty good character too. The author takes time to develop Trevor and his connection to this ship and past. The pages will fly as the novel picks up towards the bitter end. The way the author ties up the loose ends and finishes the book will likely surprise and satisfy the reader. After reading this book, a reader will want to take the time to watch the movie. This book is recommended to adult readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 2012 billionaire realtor Harlan Astor informs selected friends including his old Harvard mate bestselling author Trevor Hughes that he has built an exact replica of the famous Titanic, the ship where his great-grandfather died one century earlier. He asks Trevor to join the maiden voyage of TITANIC 2012 as the chronicler. Excited by just being aboard, Trevor accepts the invitation with plans to interview the crew and guests starting with the christening in Poland, but first dumps his girlfriend therapist Julia Magnusson over Astor¿s ego.............. As the ship sets sail and the media goes wild, Trevor interviews those on board. He begins to wonder what criteria Harlan used to select the chosen ones as deep appreciation of Cameron¿s film is the only seeming link. However, his issues and concerns vanish when he meets Madeleine Regehr. As he fights not to fall in love, his doubts about the guest list and crew resurface so he begins to investigate everyone on board to learn why they were picked, especially Maddy..................... This is a terrific tale that stars an individual who cannot commit to any deep relationships, whether they are just friendships or abiding love. Trevor¿s quest to learn why each was picked enables him to also look at himself. Using the Titanic with homage to the Cameron movie is a clever mechanism that has the readers join the characters (in their imagination) on the sea voyage in spite of wondering about icebergs and other possible calamities. This is a very deep character driven tale as Bill Walker like his cast reveres the movie........ Harriet Klausner
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting concept. The ending felt a little rushed.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
This was about a man who had a vision to rebuild the Titanic. But as the trip progresses you find out the true reason for rebuilding the ship. Harlan Astor started off wanting to honor his great grandfather who perished on the original voyage, but it was later discovered the real reason was a death voyage. Harlan invited his friend Trevor Hughes was was an author, to write a book about the voyage. This book was a heart breaker and well written, the characters were most believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love anything concerning the titantic. This was a great story for the anniversar i would definately recommend it.
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GHott More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and agree that it’s a great book to commemorate the 100th anniversary but… it’s definitely a novel that my hubby would like more than me. It’s a bit hard to explain except to say that it’s definitely told from Trevor’s viewpoint – like the description of the whiskey is meatier that that of the gowns. The imagery is so amazing it’s unspeakable — I ‘saw’ more of this ship than I did in the movie. This isn’t a book – it’s an experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is about the same as the other titanic tales, but still a good read.
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
Rebuild the Titanic? Who would want to do that and relive that nightmare? Well....Harlan Astor, descendant of John Jacob Astor IV who perished in the original Titanic, wanted to rebuild it, and he did rebuild it to the tune of six-hundred million dollars. The question of why he wanted to do this was left unanswered to the public, but nevertheless it was built, it was launched, and it set sail on the exact dates of its original journey. The story begins with the meeting of Solly, Ken and Trevor....all college buddies of Harlan. They met to ask Trevor why he had been invited on the boat and how Harlan died on his dream ship. Solly and Ken were skeptical with the story Trevor told them. The book then moves to where most of the action takes place........on the ship. The action includes Trevor's adventures and his main purpose of the trip which was to interview the passengers for the book his publisher had put no stops to in terms of cost. Each of the passengers had been carefully interviewed and selected by Harlan because of specific reasons known only to Harlan and the passenger. During his interviews, Trevor was finding that most of these handpicked passengers had sad, troublesome lives, and a past. Trevor did find an irresistible young lady on board, but she too fit the bill the other passengers did, and he wondered what Harlan's true purpose had been when choosing these 200 particular passengers. As you read, you will feel the excitement of the boarding, the chill of the launching, and the thrill of history being recreated. The reconstruction of the suites bearing photos and descriptions of the original occupants will fire up any history buff's love of a past era coming alive. Harlan even had the Marconi wireless system restored along with the exact menu in the dining room on the last fateful night of sail. Everything was done as it had been 100 years ago. Mystery and emotions played a large part in this book. The book became tense at times with danger, and despite the boat’s opulence, nostalgia, and charm, you will find out this voyage had a completely different purpose other than a pleasure cruise. Don't miss this recreation of history that is filled with secrecy and intrigue. You will ask yourself why, and you will find out the answer of why Harlan Astor spent six hundred million dollars for this ship. It is a splendid book. What do you think? Would rebuilding an historical disaster be a good idea? Read Titanic 2012 and decide for yourself. 5/5
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