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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Robert W. Walker
- Audible.com Release Date: September 26, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NYCMWX4
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In this book he returns to the sea, giving us another reason for the sinking of the Bismarck. Taking legend, fact, and fiction he turns out a tale of horror, mystery and science, mixed with man's need for hunting treasure. Whether you like history, science fiction, mystery or thrillers you will find this book a gripping story.
Admittedly I am hooked on anything and everything that Robert Walker writes. However, in Bismarck 2013, he has taken on a subject as he did in Titanic 2012 - Curse of R.M.S. Titanic, that has thrilled and mystified man for years. Why did it sink?
Oh history buffs know that the Bismarck was hit by a torpedo taking out one of its propellers. The torpedo was fired from a British aircraft and it crippled the ship. Leaving the ship open for the British to finish the job, it was seen going in circles. Did a torpedo really cause the damage or was there more to this story?
It is said that the British fired on the ship until it sank. Which might be, yet it would be odd. Why wouldn't they want to take the ship captive? It was after all not only the pride of Germany, but held the best technology available in its day.
Robert W. Walker gives us more. With a masterful way of moving back and forth between 1941 and 2013, he tells us a story that might have happened. Was there a British spy on board? Did Hitler really secretly step on board the Bismarck on May 5th 1941, bringing with him a small coffin shaped box? What was in it?
Is there pure evil in this world, independent of mans greed and cruelty? Does it have a life of its own? What really happened to the Bismarck? For these answers and more I highly recommend you read Bismarck 2013 by Robert W. Walker, I can guarantee you will not be able to put it down.
The book puts us aboard the Bismarck, the greatest ship in the German fleet at the time. The ship could be vital to Germany's victory, if all goes well. Walker takes a few liberties with history and makes sure it doesn't go well, of course. He uses his creatively twisted imagination to give the ship an evil presence that threatens to overcome and destroy every man aboard the ship, as well as the ship itself. And who has brought the evil aboard? None other than the Fuhrer himself, disguising the horrific artifact as a crate of oranges being presented to an admiral aboard the ship.
Once the evil is deposited aboard the Bismarck, we travel ahead in time to the year 2013, where a group of divers aboard the Windwalker are planning to explore the recently discovered remains of the Bismarck, long lost to the depths of the ocean. The divers range from historians to those who seek a great fortune aboard the once formidable ship. Just before the dive, the captain of the ship presents the divers with a mystery. He has found a set of tapes recorded from transmissions coming from aboard the Bismarck during those final days before the ship was sunk. The transmissions were sent from a spy for the Allies, German Captain Erwin Hulsing. Hulsing used cutting edge technology to send information from aboard the Bismarck to the Allies. More importantly, what was the terrible evil that Hulsing swears is taking over the minds of the captain and admiral of the ship?
As the crew reviews the recordings, it becomes increasingly obvious that Hulsing was describing very real occurrences, evidently caused by the artifact Hitler secretly placed on the ship. Despite their fears and concerns, the crew continues on their dive, hoping to find historical and monetary treasures.
The dive is already quite dangerous, and the divers must keep their wits about them, no matter what they find. Almost immediately, that seems impossible, as one by one, the divers are taken over by a repulsive condition that destroys them yet keeps their body moving around inside their dive suits, luring other dive team members away from the group to face the same fate. The action is breath-taking, the danger real but illusive, something they see with their eyes but that their minds can barely believe.
Walker keeps the action moving between 2013 and 1941, with exciting cliffhangers and unanswered questions that makes one want to race through to the next section. Of course, then we'd miss the action in the other time period, so we need to read every word and, trust me, you'll be on the edge of your seat throughout the book. Walker is truly a master at suspense and his imagination spits up some of the most repulsive, frightening monsters I've ever read about. The contents of the "orange crate" are so frightening and disgusting, it seems perfectly possible that even the evil Hitler would fear the power of the artifact and want it to be tossed to the bottom of the sea.
I enjoyed both storylines, but I must admit I preferred Walker's handling of the scenes from 1941. Hulsing is a fascinating character, as is his friend, Baron Buckard Von Mullenheim-Rechberg who exemplifies the sense of conflicting loyalties aboard the ship. They are both good men caught in a bad situation, through no fault of their own. Walker's descriptions of the interior of the magnificent Bismarck are extremely interesting and he gives a sense of the day-to-day life of a crew expecting to be at sea for many weeks.
Bismarck: Hitler's Curse is a follow-up to Walker's Titanic 2012: Curse of R.M.S. Titanic, which describes a tragic attempt to explore the remains of the sunken ship, also doomed by the presence of an unspeakable evil. It's not essential to read the Titanic first, as the Bismarck: Hitler's Curse is a complete story in its own right. However, most people I know can't read just one Walker book -- they are well-crafted, with often two or more storylines weaving seamlessly throughout the books, and characters you will love or hate, but they all come to vivid life under Walker's deft touch with a story.
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