Chris Angus: May, 2012



THE LAST TITANIC STORY: Anniversary of Titanic Sinking 100 Years Ago, April 1912

It’s a story that takes the true accounts of the Titanic and weaves them into a fictional story of intrigue and mystery.  What could possibly connect the famous sinking of the Titanic in 1912 with a WW II German U-boat loaded with a mysterious cargo? One of the mysteries has to do with the fabulous lost contents of the Titanic’s safe, belonging to the great ship’s most famous passenger, John Jacob Astor.

The connection is discovered by Laura Engalls, an anthropologist working with the Inuit in current day Greenland. She is shown a diary kept by sixteen-year-old Samuel Meade. The small, aging leather booklet describes an almost unimaginable ordeal endured by Samuel and his companions, the last unaccounted for passengers of the ill-fated Titanic.

Engalls enlists the help of reporter Matt Mosher, author of a book on the Titanic. Together, they begin an adventure that takes them back to the ice fields of Greenland, where they soon discover they are not the only ones trying to unravel the mystery.

What ensues is a tale of intrigue, international thievery and murder that ranges across the century from the sinking of the famous ship to the machinations of modern day neo-Nazis to the involvement of Adolf Hitler himself, who inexplicably makes a journey to Greenland during the depths of WW II. The final confrontation between the Nazis and the Inuit may be the only such encounter in modern fiction.

Author, Chris Angus comes from a literary family consisting of seven published writers. His father and mother, both professors of English Literature and authors of numerous works of fiction, were the best-selling collaborators of a series of anthologies published by Random House. For ten years, Angus was the Book Review Editor for Adirondack magazine, and a newspaper columnist.  He has published more than 400 essays, articles, book introductions, columns and reviews in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Albany Times-Union, Adirondack Life, American Forests, Wordsworth American Classics, Adirondack Explorer and many more. He is the award-winning author of several works of nonfiction, including Oswegatchie: A North Country River (North Country Books–2006), The Extraordinary Adirondack Journey of Clarence Petty: Wilderness Guide, Pilot and Conservationist (Syracuse University Press—2002), Images of America: St. Lawrence County (Arcadia Press—2001), and Reflections From Canoe Country (Syracuse University Press—1997).

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