- File Size: 1853 KB
- Print Length: 94 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Instinct Ink Books (June 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H43QL6C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
DEAD SHIP DOWN: Something's Alive on the Andrea Doria Kindle Edition
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Although this story includes Adult English, there are no f-bombs. If this were a film, it likely would be rated PG-13.
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I didn't notice a great number of typos and misspellings, but, as seen in the below excerpt, one major typo was the name of a major university. I believe the writer intended to state Stanford, not Stamford.
There also are some occasions where the formatting is inconsistent. I will include a screenshot as an example in which a paragraph is not indented.
Otherwise, the story is not bad. Fixing it, anyway, would be a pretty simple enterprise.
Length: Print, 94 pages.
Target Audience/Genre: Teen, Young Adult. Sea Stories Action-Adventure.
Q - How was this book obtained?
A - Bought on Amazon.
Q - Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first?
A – Yes.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – A leisure read.
I’ve included a small excerpt below, so readers can peruse the style of presentation utilized by the author.
'..."Men hailing from prestigious universities in America. Stamford, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. These academicians espoused race theory and race science, and then faked and twisted data to serve eugenics' racist aims.
"It was Stanford president David Starr Jordan who originated the notion of race and blood in his 1902 in his super racially charged epistle ‘Blood of a Nation’ in which he declared that human qualities and conditions such as talent and poverty were passed through the blood.”
"This… all this was at a time when people were ignorant,” Jenna put in.
"Pritchards feared the thinking was still with many Americans today, and many in state and federal positions. If he could prove it was still rampant in 1956, he could make a case that it still persists in American politics and culture.” This had all eyes on Dolph.
You’re Norwegian, so why should you care?” asked Jim.
"Jim, Jim, all of you,” countered Jake. “In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established a laboratory complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island that stockpiled millions of index cards on ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of families, bloodlines and whole peoples. From Cold Spring Harbor, eugenics advocates agitated in state legislatures across America, as well as the nation's social service agencies and associations.”
"Let me answer Jim’s question for you all. Why should I care? I am not an American. I care because...'
Four stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
Set in modern day, Dead Ship Down follows a dive team commissioned by the family of a prior diver, Thom Pritchard, to recover the body of their lost loved one. What awaits them on the ocean floor isn’t just the wreckage of a once proud ocean liner but something more sinister and possibly history changing. As the ship has already claimed more than a dozen divers over the years, the group faces forces beyond their comprehension as they attempt to complete their mission.
I have mixed feelings about this book in general. The good news is, I didn’t hate it and for the most part it was actually a pretty good story. The dive sequences were written in such a way that someone who has never donned scuba gear could understand them. There was plenty of history to give the story depth and flesh out the characters. In fact, the missing diver they were looking for was a previous casualty of the ship in 2015. I also enjoyed the flashback portion that describes the Andrea Doria and Stockholm’s collision course on the night in question.
What I didn’t like was what felt to me to be the last minute addition of the revelation of a possible conspiracy theory implicating several nations and less than ethical activities in the past. This just seemed to be too much to add to an already full story. Clocking in at less than 100 pages, I feel the story probably could have benefited from a little content trimming. The subtitle is “Something’s alive on the Andrea Doria” so I expected the paranormal aspect. The added conspiracy just seemed to be overkill.
I also noticed about halfway though that the number of typos, misplaced apostrophes and content errors increased significantly. There were a few sections where it looked like the author changed his mind, backspaced to do a revision, but left part of the original text hanging. I also noticed a section where the characters seemed to be confused and we had Jenna talking to herself, instead of the dead girl on the boat. I did send a few of these up for review via the “Report Content Error” feature on my device but for the ones that I sent, there were easily two or three that I didn’t. It may not be a bad idea to go back through this title to clean it up a bit.
So a decent read that definitely fed my shipwreck fascination. With the exception of the one plot point that I didn’t care for in this particular book, (although I would love to see this aspect explored further in another story possible using this as the main story line and not a sideline plot twist) all of the other issues are easily fixable.
1) There are soooooo many typos, it's hard to look at this book as being done well. Couldn't someone have edited the book before being published?
2) I definitely didn't care for the vulgar language.
Now, don't get me wrong. Again, I'll say the plot itself is actually intriguing. (If you don't mind a ghost story.) When the divers get down to the 1956 shipwreck, they are lulled into danger by the ghost of one of the Andrea Doria's passengers.
What really made the story intensify is the unveiling of government secrets and a discovery that affects multiple nations. The situation gets intense. Honestly, I was learning a whole bunch of history right beside the divers themselves. It's a deep, dark topic in history, but good to be informed about if you don't know. I don't really want to give it away here in my review, as it's more compelling if you're surprised.
Personally, I could have enjoyed the story better if it didn't have the negative points (mentioned above). Otherwise, the plot has a good structure.
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