Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Release: The Midnight Watch by David Dyer ~ A Novel of The Titanic and The Californian

Happy Release Day to David Dyer's Novel

About The Midnight Watch:

As the Titanic and its passengers descended into the Atlantic after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship, the SS California, looked on only a few miles north of the wreckage. That night, the Titanic fired eight distress rockets, which were seen by Herbert Stone, second officer of the SS Californian. Stone alerted the SS Californian’s captain Stanley Lord, but Lord didn’t go up to the ship’s bridge to see for himself and neither man woke the ship’s wireless operator. Instead, eight rockets were fired, eight rockets were ignored, and the next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead.

When Lord and Stone learned of the extent of the tragedy, they did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pressed by newspapermen, lawyers, and senators, their terrible oversight was revealed to the world. THE MIDNIGHT WATCH by David Dyer (St. Martin’s Press; April 5, 2016; $26.99 hardcover) is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that fateful night aboard both ships.

Told from the perspective of the SS Californian crew, a Boston newspaper reporter and through the eyes of the family of third-class Titanic passengers who perished in thedisaster, THE MIDNIGHT WATCH is a powerful, dramatic debut novel based on years of research and Dyer’s own experiences as a ship's officer and a lawyer.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press 
Publish Date: April 5, 2016
ISBN-10: 1250080932
ISBN-13: 978-1250080936

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Praise for The Midnight Watch:

​"The Midnight Watch opens fresh portals on a monumental event with all the tools of strong historical fiction: deep research, methodical recreations, and an array of memorable perspectives. Dyer proves why sometimes it takes fiction to answer history's question of "How could this happen?" A compelling read and a journey through this moment in time."

–Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and The Last Bookaneer

"David Dyer has a reporter's ear for story, a detective's nose for motive, and an artist's eye for detail.​..​ a gripping novel of flawed people, missed chances, and suspense.”

—Charlotte Rogan, author of The Lifeboat

“Clever, gripping and utterly compelling. ​​Historical fiction at its very best.”

—Hazel Gaynor, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home and A Memory of Violets

“Superb​... ​​the disaster we think we know, comes freshly alive through its unfamiliar point of view, and David Dyer's vivid eye for the right and telling detail."

–Peter Nichols, bestselling author of The Rocks

Meet the Author:

David Dyer was born and raised in Shellharbour, a small coastal town in New South Wales, Australia. He has served as an officer in the Australian merchant navy and worked as a litigation lawyer at the firm that represented the owners of the Titanic in the aftermath of the disaster. His access to countless documents and artifacts has informed and inspired his work in The Midnight Watch. He lives in central Sydney and Katoomba, a small mountain town in New South Wales.

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