Can one man save the Titanic?
March 1912. 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.
April 2012. Joseph Kennedy - grand-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 may mean his own death.
"A magnificent alternate history, set against the backdrop of one of the the greatest maritime disasters." Library Journal
“Imaginative, monolithic, action-packed… The reader will not be disappointed.” — Bookseller and Publisher
"Time travel, airships, the Titanic, Roswell ... Kowalski builds a decidedly original creature that blends military science fiction, conspiracy theory, alternate history, and even a dash of romance." Publishers Weekly
"Kowalski effortlessly smashes together high art and grand adventure in this alt-history juggernaut." John Birmingham, acclaimed author of Weapons of Choice
"Exciting action, twisty and ingenious characterisation, and complicated time-travel plotting, deftly handled." S.M. Stirling, NYT bestselling author of The Tears of the Sun
"A non-stop chase that takes place across two thousand miles ... and one hundred years of perdurant time." Walter Jon Williams, NYT bestselling author of Deep State
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!!!
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.