Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania is best-selling author Erik Larson’s latest masterpiece.Larson breathes new life into this retelling of the English ocean liner’s fateful journey across the Atlantic in 1915. Larson’s storytelling is detail-oriented, easy-to-follow, and extremely intriguing. As a master of detail, Larson includes interesting factual tidbits (the color of the ship’s curtains, for instance) that don’t slow the book’s flow. The novel’s chapters vary in setting, from the infamous German U-20 to the grand Lusitania, as well as scenes from the secretive British Intelligence Room 40 and the White House in Washington. While the sinking of the ship is the book’s electrifying climax, Larson shines in his explanation of what happened after the disaster. Dead Wake also outlines what it took to eventually bring America into World War I. This is a fantastic read for anyone–history buff or not!
Review of Advance Reader Copy
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Crown Publishers
Profanity/Language: 5 religious exclamations, 7 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory name.
Violence/Gore: Germany threatens to sink other country’s ships; frequent secondhand reports of violence involving World War I battles and espionage, as well as naval accidents and ships being sunk by submarines; brief scenes of violence involving battle and the use of poisonous gas; numerous non-detailed scenes of violent death when the Lusitania and other boats are torpedoed; a few brief scenes of gory battle or descriptions of the deceased that involve blood and gore.
Sex/Nudity: A few implied or reported incidents of sexual activity.
Mature Subject Matter:
War and other war crimes, terrorism, mental health and depression, death of friends and family members, mention of suicide.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Individuals often drink and smoke.