“The boilers are holding up. The engines are working well. You said it yourself, Cunard is on their heels.” Ismay spoke slow and assuredly. “You may be retiring after this but the future of the White Star Line goes on. Let’s show the papers that the Titanic is more than just luxury. Let’s give them a headline they won’t soon forget.”
There is no Jack or Rose on this ship this time, no love story between a poor boy and a rich girl or even a big-assed jewel of the ocean that an elderly Rose throws overboard. No, this story has everything the original Titanic had and more. The poor down below decks where they couldn’t be seen, a rogue iceberg in the middle of the night and not enough life jackets and life boats for everyone on board.
Oh, and zombies?
Elise Brennan is awaiting to board the White Star Line tender Ireland, which would take passengers to the RMS Titanic. But while waiting in line, she is stuck by someone with a needle in the back of her neck. She thinks she’s been bitten by a bug, but then she sees the broken syringe and knows the truth. Of course, she worries about her health, but also that she might not be able to get on board if she flunks the physical examination by the doctor.
She tells the doctor that she is ok, that she just has a bug bite. The doctor lets her on board. However, things aren’t well with Elise. She begins to get a fever, and within a short time, she is very ill. Before getting too bad, she writes down what she experienced and how she was feeling at the time and the events which led to this infection.
Elise stumbles out onto the deck and is found by Margaret (The Unsinkable Molly) Brown. With the aid of Thomas Andrews (managing director and lead designer at Harland and Wolff, the shipyard that had built the Titanic), Molly and Andrews carried the woman to the hospital ward.
Within hours of her being infected, two more are infected. When one of the doctor’s decides to try to help them by giving them bread and water, he soon realizes that they don’t want bread and water…they want flesh! They manage to get free, and in the process, get the flesh they so desire. They try to contain the infected, but when they are able to break down the door, it’s every man for himself.
When the ship hits the iceberg and starts taking on water, well…we know what happens next. Or do we?
Well, one thing is for sure, being that so many are infected, there probably is enough lifejackets and life boats for everyone now.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but I actually liked it. No, there wasn’t any Jack/Rose love story, but instead, a more real account of what actually happened.
As I’m reading the book, I could envision Kathy Bates as Molly Brown, because everything that Brown said, I heard Bates’ voice. As with the movie, the orchestra played to help calm the fleeing guests, while also using their instruments to defend themselves against those that were infected. And then there was the shiphand that Molly shoots down with her words, telling him that they have to go looking for survivors.
The only thing I didn’t get about the book was why someone would knowingly infect someone and where did this virus come from? Was someone trying to sabotage the maiden voyage of the Titanic? Possibly.
I enjoyed reading this book. 5 stars!