by Robert Sterling
This was not a book sale gem like I’ve gotten in the past. First time reading this author and it certainly wasn’t something I couldn’t put down. The ending was just blah for me. In 1975 a British code breaker finds a secret code in the manifest of the Titanic and this spurs on an expedition to find crates of gold bullion that were smuggled onto the Titanic as nuts, bolts, and screws. The team not only finds the Titanic (years before Robert Ballard) but the attempt to enter the ship and recover the gold. Mysterious, unexplainable and frightening mishaps occur that result in the death of all aboard the ship except Derek Montague, the man who broke the code. Twenty years late, Derek finally comes clean to the US Navy about what happened aboard the Henry Morgan and joins another expedition led by the Naval Officer who plucked him out of the sea years earlier. This 1995 expedition is doomed to fail just as the first. Almost immediately things start going wrong. As soon as they attempt to enter the Titanic, they encounter a supernatural energy force, just as Montague’s team did 20 years earlier. The encounters eventually result in the death of a crew member. A parapsychologist who is part of the crew determines that this malignant force was a result of the multiple violent deaths and guilt those who died on the Titanic experienced and it is protecting their sunken tomb. Eventually they are forced to give up the expedition before they all die trying to retrieve the gold.