Thursday, April 9, 2015

(Review) The Lusitania Conspiracy by Ronald J. Walters

Publication Date: April 28, 2015.
Publisher: Walters Media LLC.
Genre: Historical fiction, WWI, Lusitania, Nikola Tesla.
Pages: 240.
Source: Free ARC paperback copy from Media-Connect in exchange for a review.
Rating: 3 stars for good.

Link @ Amazon: The Lusitania Conspiracy. 

May 7, 2015, is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

To read more information about Nikola Tesla's Death Ray Machine and biography information.
Further links on the RMS Lusitania.
The Lusitania Resource.
Wikipedia
Sinking of the Lusitania, About.com. 


Summary:
1915
Europe has been embroiled in a war for a year. America has not yet entered the first world war.
Nikola Tesla is a scientist and inventor living in America. He has invented a machine that could change the course of the war.
The RMS Lusitania set sail from New York and destined for Liverpool, England. On May 7, 1915, near the shores of Ireland, a torpedo hit the ship. The ship sank in 18 minutes. There were 1,200 people who died, 120 were Americans.
Ronald J. Walters has written a historical fiction story linking both Tesla's invention and the sinking of the Lusitania.

My Thoughts:
In the media information package that I received from the publisher, they stated the sinking of the Lusitania has been minimized by the sinking of the Titanic. I agree. Countless books, documentaries, and movies have been made about the Titanic story. The story of the Lusitania is assigned to history textbooks. I'm guessing that most Americans have no idea about the mysterious event of the sinking of the Lusitania.
The Lusitania Conspiracy has drawn me towards further reading on this historical period. Because May 7, will be the 100th anniversary of the death of the ship, and 1,200 lives, I plan to be on the look-out for more books on the subject.
I did feel that the language used in the story is more late 20th to 21st century language and expressions.
I did notice that a reference to "Buck Rogers" is made. This character came out in a magazine in 1928. The Lusitania Conspiracy is set in 1915, a little early for a Buck Rogers reference.
From other research on Nikola Tesla, his personality is exact in the book. Tesla was considered "asocial." He did not marry. He did not have children. He was overtly thin. His life and world was science and inventions. Another side of Tesla is brought forth in the story and this gave him a human quality.
I do not believe Nikola Tesla to be an easy character to write about. His personality is deadpan. Another words there is not much in his persona to work with. His actions through ideas and inventions are his strong attributes.
Over-all I felt The Lusitania Conspiracy is entertaining, and there are exciting moments especially towards the end of the story. 

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