- File Size: 1853 KB
- Print Length: 94 pages
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- 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
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,368 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.
Quick & Dirty Highlights
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.
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.
Even more fascinating are several very obvious questions:
Was this magnificent Italian ship rammed on purpose?
Did the sinking actually destroy a diabolical plot set to be released world-wide with basic roots moved to California?
And, why are there more bodies than the one fatality the team is charged to recover and the 16 other divers whose skills and equipment failed? Is there a warning and meaning for today, or for 1956 when the ship went down or even further back into the murky past as history's keys reveal a time and acceptance for horrific theories and experiments on the living which were accepted as the norm by certain leaders. An excellent read, full of surprises, and well worth the time
There are some questions that need to be answered about why the Andrea Doria was sunk. Was it done on purpose to stop a diabolical plan set to be released world-wide? And why are there more bodies then just the one the dive team were paid to recover? You must read Dead Ship Down to answer these questions and more because as you read you will keep asking yourself WHY? This is a most fastinating story and one that needed to be told. It is a great book with lots of suspense and twists and turns to keep you interested and turning pages to the end.