Geek Book Review: The Company of the Dead

 

There are so many things to say about this book that I’m going to start with the synopsis to save some time:

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.

Ok, now that you know what the book is about let me tell you what I thought. WOW. From the moment that I started this book I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. The story is top notch, keeps you interested the entire time and while the book is 750 pages you’d never know it once you’re done.

The characters of “The Company of the Dead” all instill some sort of emotion in you and I’m not talking about, “dang that guy died” or “wish that wouldn’t have happened”. I’m talking about actually caring about the characters and their cause. Each character undergoes serious changes throughout the book and as such you feel as if they are growing with you. The only issue I had with the characters is that some of the names are hard to pronounce (some are Native American) and there are a lot of them introduced very early in the book, meaning that you have to keep track of a lot of people before you have a chance to learn any names.

The story of “The Company of the Dead” absolutely blew me away. I was excited to read the book once I was given a synopsis, but after starting it I was telling everyone I knew about the book and it’s unique take on time travel. On that topic, the main subject of the book is of course time travel and the author uses the premis expertly by intertwining several different characters and story points at completely different times and places to give you plenty of “AH HA *points finger at book*” moments. This is a book that you could definitely read more than just one time.

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 David J. Kowalski’s “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.

The Company of the Dead was courtesy of Titan Books.
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