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Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic by [Mone, Gregory]
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“Mone seamlessly integrates details of the Titanic and its fate into Patrick’s story, and his passages about the ocean voyage are vivid, even lyrical.”--School Library Journal

 

“Mone spins a capable caper, complete with villains so nasty you can picture them twiddling their mustaches.”--Booklist

 
"...the descriptions are magnificent..." -Kirkus
 
“Mr. Mone has created an enjoyable and at times poignant literary drama. With an echo of survivor Helen Candee, he writes of the sinking's ghastly cacophony: ‘This was the music of hell.’”--Wall Street Journal
 
"Mone quickly entices readers with criminal intrigue, characters who range from eccentric to entirely ordinary, and, of course, the singular setting that is the Titanic."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Gregory Mone is the author of the novel Fish. He is a graduate of Harvard and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1088 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1596436735
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GXPCUY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
It's hard to find an accurate and well-written fictional book about the Titanic. "Dangerous Waters", however, meets my expectations! It was engaging, satisfying, and even after I finished, still exhilarating. The thing that reeled me in was the main subject of the plot: books! My favorite pastime is reading, so if there is a Titanic story out there that really focuses on the wonder of books (and the terrible loss of books that went down with the Titanic), then it's probably an automatic favorite of mine.

The story mostly centers around Patrick, a young Irish boy who is quite in awe of the Titanic. I felt, as the story began, an authentic sensation of anticipation of the Titanic. It is the way in which the local people speak about the big vessel that drills excitement in... the world's biggest ship ever is about to set sail this week. Other authors have tried to create this same feeling, but this is the first time I've fully appreciated the efforts made to show the sensation of what the people of Belfast were thinking.

In the plot of "Dangerous Waters", the story sometimes switches from Patrick to one of the other characters, like Berryman, who is trying to steal and acquire a certain rare copy of Sir Francis Bacon's book that is supposed to carry a secret, hidden in code. I rather enjoyed getting the entire story by "watching" the different characters, instead of it always focusing on just one main character. Harry Widener is another of the characters in this book---he was a real passenger on the Titanic, and I think his presence in the book authenticated the entire story.
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Format: Kindle Edition
For my purposes, I've been selecting books to read aloud to my pre-teen, who is on the autism spectrum. This is a practice that was highly recommended to us by adults on the spectrum, and while it's tough to get a report on his thoughts, I have learned to tell what he likes and doesn't.
He DOES like "real" stories, plots set in the true world, and history. He DOES NOT like sci-fi, me reading in accents, or supernatural/fantasy. It's a tough thing for a reader such as myself, as I adore that stuff, but thanks to Gregory Mone, we had a great time reading a wild adventure that was firmly rooted in fact.
The writing was nice and tight, and kept us moving along at a pretty good clip - I could get through three or four chapters at a time with my son. I particularly liked the evolution of the characters, each of them coming to their own realizations in the face of mortality, without it being overwrought (that would be emoting like Bugs Bunny's usual death scenes).
I'd think that this book sits pretty well in the tween age range, though even an "old" mom like I am enjoyed it a ton. But I'm not that old, just so we're clear :) As I mentioned to Mr. Mone, as disappointed as I was not to be able to use my "best" Dublin and posh English accents, we had a lot of fun with the book, in spite of the lurid details of spittoon use!
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Format: Hardcover
Good book! As a novelist myself (The Machiavelli Letter, The Lion of St. Mark, and The Sword of Venice), I can appreciate the challenges and research required to write a creditable work of historical fiction). So here we go ...

My nine year-old precocious grandson read the book and asked me to read it too so we could discuss it. He is a Titanic nut. I just finished it and was amazed because this is not a book just for kids. In fact, only someone like my grandson, at his age, could read it.

The characters are fun and believable. Though my grandson has "taught" me a lot about the Titanic, I was interested in several aspects not previously considered. For example, Mone effectively portrays the class system, so well entrenched in 1912.

It was a good book for my grandson because it extolls virtues such as honor and courage in addition to being a good read.

My only improvement would have been to write a bit more detail about the actual sinking. The characters who perish do so with a bit of a whimper. Still a fine book.
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Format: Hardcover
We loved this book and it's wonderful story. The author captured our attention right from the start! It was so exciting to see our kids have so much fun reading it. We highly recommend this book!!
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This book is a book about life, love, and family. Although it is about the sad story of the titanic sinking it is also a beautiful story about a boy trying to get aboard the titanic to be with his brother.

I the beginning their is some stealing going on as well as some violence but hey, I am a 9 year old and I was reading this. You will get used to it but really the stealing is so that a guy can read a book so I will let him off the hook. In the end the boys brother dies when the titanic sinks but the boy lives. This is a great book if you like sad stories.
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Format: Paperback
At the time I'm writing this, there are only eleven other reviews. I like that each of the reviewers has something specific, yet different to say. However, the things that spoke to me the most about this book are not covered by their reviews. So I'll add to the discussion. I am a history buff, I love exciting stories, but I don't like tragedy (I am over emotional). So personally, I was relieved that the Titanic didn't hit the iceberg until 3/4 of the way through the book, and I didn't have to shed a lot of tears. I think that may make the book more kid-friendly as well. I've read several stories centered on the Titanic and seen movies, so I didn't think I was going to learn much that was knew to me. I was wrong. What I really like about this book is the balanced depiction of life on board for both the first class passengers and the crew... especially the crew, and their different jobs. I've heard of many of the famous people aboard the ship, but I'd never heard of Harry Widener (maybe East Coast people are familiar with him, but being in CA, far from Harvard, I was not). I enjoyed learning about him and how the Harvard library named for him was founded.

But of all the things I enjoyed about this book, what sticks with me the most was the lessons I learned about the coal workers who worked in the boiler rooms. I hadn't given them much thought before, and now I feel that that is a huge crime. They had an extremely dangerous job, one that ruined their health, and they are unsung heroes. The main characters Harry and Patrick argue over who the real hero of RLS's Treasure Island is. I would argue that the real hero of Dangerous Waters is neither Harry nor Patrick, but instead the trimmers in the boiler room.
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