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Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thing this book is a good one. It starrs a boy named Patrick who works on the Titanic as a bartender while his brothers work in the coal place/thing. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Adam Kradel
This book was so interesting and i Think everyone should buy it and enjoy it like i did also i met the author a few days beforePublished 8 months ago by Esteban Mileguir
I really enjoyed this book. It starts off slow but gets more interesting as they board Titanic. I love the integration of fictional characters with real life events and people. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really didn't like when Patrick watch Harry sink bellow the deep sea of the Atlantic Ocean right before his eyes.Published 18 months ago by Holly Hartell
Our son has studied the Titanic over and over which has resulted in us reading a LOT of Titanic books. Have to say this is the worse one we have read. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Richard and Liz
This is a clever way to introduce or keep kids interested in historical events but with a fiction twist. My son loved this and wants to read more books like it.Published on April 23, 2013 by C E Matthews