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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781935278689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935278689
  • ASIN: 1935278681
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,801,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nearly a century after the tragic sinking of the Titanic, there remains a certain fascination and sense of disbelief that a horror of such magnitude could, and did, happen. Since the massive loss of life that cold April night in 1912, numerous safeguards have been put in place in order to avoid a recurrence of such disaster.

In Titanic: Relative Fate, shipbuilder Abram Harwood has no reason to doubt that Titan's Sister, a modernized replica of the doomed Titanic, can easily avoid the same fate. After all, he supervised the team that welded her together himself. Yet it isn't long before he starts to question the wisdom of revisiting the catastrophic past. Between the aggressive enthusiasm of the ship's owner, a suspicious death, and a fire that leaves Abram injured, the future of Titan's Sister begins to appear ominous indeed. Abram's frustration is compounded when he encounters a ghostly man in old-fashioned clothing and the police embark on an investigation into the events related to the launching of Titan's Sister.

In defiance of the portentous happenings, Abram books passage for himself and his father on the ship's maiden voyage. They are joined by Melika Jones, a detective Abram has been casually dating since they met during the police investigation. The ensuing journey leads to more mysteries, both criminal and paranormal in nature, and the plot gathers momentum as it moves toward a gripping conclusion which eerily echoes the past.

V.C. King, author of Seven Sexy Tales of Terror, has crafted an interesting novel that combines mystery and suspense with a touch of romance and the paranormal. Her knowledge of ships, and the Titanic in particular, is impressive, as is her flair for creating a literary atmosphere capable of drawing the reader into both her story and the underlying tragedy of the Titanic. "Tiny vessels, each with a lantern at the bow...carrying the burden for those who couldn't help asking why and what if? Victims of tragedy, taking with them the guilt of those who had survived. Leaving the past to finally rest in peace," King writes. While King's novel is well-written and evenly paced with most characters aptly drawn, a few threads are left hanging and she stumbles with the character of Melika. In addition to a questionable depiction of police procedure (Melika removes evidence from a body and steals a book from a suspect), the character is portrayed as a hardened and haunted cop who's learned to be tough to survive. Unfortunately, she comes across as just a bit too harsh, rude, and unfeeling. Readers may be baffled by Abram's attraction to her and by the time she changes her tune, they may simply find her too unlikable to care.

Titanic: Relative Fate will interest anyone with even a passing interest in the legendary ship and the tragedy that befell her. The novel is thought-provoking and engrossing, with a stirring poignancy drawn from a tragedy of our past.

Four Stars (out of Five) --ForeWord Clarion Review

"Very well written and most interesting." --Millvina Dean, Titanic's Last Survivor

"Titanic: Relative Fate was impossible to put down with its well-written, keep-turning-the-pages storyline. I thought it was set brilliantly in context and I could feel the original Titanic in every page, the atmosphere of the present and the past woven together with great skill. A super read--just perfect for a wet day in Ireland. It stands alone but will be of especial interest to all 'titanoraks'! I'll be recommending it to all our members. Well done."--Allison Murphy, Editor CQD, Belfast Titanic Society --Belfast Titanic Society

"A worthy addition to anyone's library...so believable, that if it were not for its fictional classification, I would have believed it to be an account of an actual ship. Titanic: Relative Fate is exciting and intense!"--Norm Lewis, founder of the Canadian Titanic Society --Canadian Titanic Society

"You won't be disappointed if you book passage on Titanic: Relative Fate. A page-turner as another Titanic tragedy looms." --Titanic International Society

About the Author

V. C. King is an engineer who lives in the secluded countryside of eastern Canada with her husband and their dog. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

I must say it was awesome, very eerie but absolutely awesome.
Book Hunter
This isn't so much a review of the book, itself, but rather of the quality of the Kindle edition.
A. C. Cleveland
Eerie, suspenseful, with just the right touch of tension and romance.
W. Mae Kent

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Caplan on May 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
V.C. King's novel, "Titanic: Relative Fate" is a saga that grabs you from page one! The characters come to life as we relive the Titanic adventure in modern times. A great read!
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By Bobby K. on June 11, 2010
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I found this novel to be just ok. Fortunately, this book was a relatively easy read and not a long book so it didn't take very long to read. I read anything, history or fiction related to Titanic so I looked forward to this novel but was a bit disappointed. I didn't feel it was very suspenseful or any of the characters were overly interesting. After finishing the book I can say it might have made a better "made for TV movie" than novel.
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I must say it was awesome, very eerie but absolutely awesome. It really takes your mind to 1912 aboard the Titanic. In a very old and quiet house like mine you can almost hear and see the torment from those struggling to get away from the ship. This book most realistically puts you on the deck of the Titanic during the last few hours of her existence. I very much enjoyed this novel and look forward to King's next one.--Harry Hewitt
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Titanic Relative Fate is a truly magnificent novel, the characters in this book are very realistic and the story makes you never want to stop reading. The book grabs you from page 1, and will keep you reading into the night! V.C. King, has a very creative imagination and I'm very happy that she is not letting it go to waste! I hope there is going to be a sequel to Titanic Relative Fate!
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By Healthy Mom on February 6, 2010
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I purchased this book in part because of the five star review. I was disappointed in the fact that it was not a five star book. I found it easy to put down after reading for about fifteen minutes, it just did not hold my interest for long periods. I did read the entire book and found that the story line is good but not exceptional.
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More About the Author

I like puzzles. That's a boring biography, I know. But it's what drives my love of mystery/suspense novels, their power to keep you reading franticly to piece together the how, why or who?

The tragic story of Titanic engaged me in that way. I discovered that everything seemed to be against them, not just on the night she sank, but throughout her entire short life. Survivor Jack Thayer, a first class passenger, wrote, "The improbability of such a thing ever happening was what staggered humanity."

Indeed, it seems so many disasters are a result of a number of factors falling into place at just the right time. Does that make fate the antagonist? It's the ultimate puzzle. One that I attempt to solve in Titanic: Relative Fate.

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