Life Imitates Art: A Real 'Titanic II'

Australian tycoon plans to build a Titanic II, eerily like in a thriller novel launched last month in which a rich American tycoon builds his own Titanic II.
By: AGE Inc.
Titanic II
Titanic II
May 1, 2012 - PRLog -- Exactly one month ago, Toronto thriller writer Alexander Galant launched his novel, 'Depth of Deception (A Titanic Murder Mystery)' as an e-book to coincide with the centenary of Titanic. Yesterday, as the print version of this novel became available via CreateSpace, Clive Palmer unveiled plans to build a 21st-century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016.

"When I read the headline aloud to my wife," author Alexander Galant remarked, "she thought I was pulling her leg because it's a plot point in my novel. A rich American tycoon, and former Titanic survivor, plans a launch of  his own Titanic II."

The wording of Palmer's official announcement is eerily similar to the text found in the novel.

Galant said, "This reminds me of another novel, Futility, in which a luxury ship called Titan sinks after hitting an iceberg. It was published in 1898, fourteen years before the Titanic disaster and has become an interesting bit of trivia as a result. The good news is that my Titanic II doesn't hit an iceberg," he smirks, "but you'll have to read the book to see what happens."

Set in 1982, the novel opens with a young woman in Edwardian clothing, found floating unconscious in the Atlantic with a ticket for the RMS Titanic. Is it a bizarre case of time-travel that links her to an unsolved murder from 1909, or an elaborate hoax?

The book trailer is available on-line:

Here viewers can catch a glimpse of the novel's version of Titanic II. There are also more details on the novel's official website, on the Bonus Feature page.

Depth of Deception can be purchased at an introductory rate of $0.99 from Amazon at as well as in other e-book formats from Smashwords at  

As of today it is also available in soft cover print from Amazon:

"From the first chapter to the last, it was enthralling. The opening scenario set the scene for a well researched and well written suspense thriller. Based on historical facts and woven into an intriguing non-stop adventure, I had trouble putting it down."            
                           --Amazon reviewer

About Alexander Galant
Alexander Galant is a Canadian author, residing in Toronto. He was the historical researcher for the novel Dracula the Un-Dead, which was on the New York Times Best Sellers list in October 2009. He condensed the novel for the sold-out dramatic reading at the Bathurst Street Theatre that accompanied the Toronto book launch. Alexander has also written and directed several award-winning short films.

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