December 27, 2013
Dangerous Waters - by Gregory Mone
What is this story? It is the tale of young Patrick Waters, an Irish lad whose brother just landed a job as a coal man on the Titanic. Due to remarkable circumstances, Patrick ends up on the ship as well, and that's where the adventure begins.
Meanwhile, a dangerous man can be found sneaking around London, trying to steal a very valuable book which contains a remarkable secret. His search leads him onto Titanic, and before you know it, all of our main characters' lives are intertwined.
This is a thought-provoking book, but also an adventurous, fast-paced tale. Patrick is an Everyman type of hero, and the bad guys are truly bad. Violence, mystery, a bit of love, and of course... a shipwreck. What more can you ask for?
One thing you could ask for is a little less fancy language, and more plain-speak. As in his novel Fish, Mr. Mone can get carried away with his wording, making his books a bit more appropriate (or fully understandable) for teens than for younger middle-grade readers. While I appreciate an author who doesn't "dumb down" his writing, it does take away from his stories, but just a little. All in all, this is a rousing adventure on the high seas, and I recommend it to anyone who's not afraid of a little iceberg.