By John Hamer
This book came about as a result of the years of research undertaken by the author into the ‘real’ facts surrounding the Titanic disaster of 1912 for his previous, non-fiction work, RMS Olympic, first published in 2013.
In that book he propounded and expanded upon the theory, backed up with plenty of evidence both provable and circumstantial, that all was not as it seemed regarding that awful tragedy of more than a century previously.
This story has therefore been constructed around all the information he unearthed and although overall the story is fictional, particularly the latter-day element, much of what happened in the ‘flashback’ sections is based on actual incidents and sometimes even on specific conversations that have been recorded as having actually taken place.
In summary, this novel may be regarded as a ‘best guess’ as to what really happened in 1908-1912 culminating in that freezing, fateful night of so long ago and the author trusts that you, the reader will both appreciate and even enjoy the alternative approach to those sad events and acknowledge that there is no intention on his part to dishonour the 1500 departed souls or to in any way denigrate either their memories or their entirely avoidable deaths.