The Brittle Sea
Amazon 5-star review by JA Martin
“Set against the backdrop of early 20th century America, this incredible story of love and loss, injustice and perseverance, mental illness and heartbreak. There are many books that talk about the Titanic, but this book is much more engaging. I really enjoy Mr. Kane’s take on this time period. All of the characters feel like real people, and many of them had strongly written character arcs that made me feel like I was in the book. It’s difficult to find the words to describe how it feels to read a book that sucks you into its story line and holds you captive until the end. This book was my second Tom Kane experience and all I can say is that I can’t wait to read the next one.”
Amazon 5-star review by Bookworm
“An absolutely incredible book by Tom Kane. It’s a must read. I was blown away by the incredible writing and story. Having read so many books with Titanic as the theme, The Brittle Sea is a refreshing take on the concept.”
Amazon 5-star review by JJ Broenner
“The Titanic sinking is only the start to this intriguing story. Magda is traveling from the Ukraine to the US to marry a man, so that he can obtain her dowry; specifically for some land. Magda survives the sinking of the ill fated ship and is rescued by Captain Blackmore and his ship The Lady Jane. She soon discovers she has lost her memory and so Captain Blackmore gives her the name Maggie and takes her into his care; he falls in love with her over a short time together before he sets sail again.
Each character has a strong arc in this first book of the series; it kept my interest throughout and with smooth transitions between each characters paths.
I enjoyed the period history lessons as well as the embellished story of how it all played out for these characters; Specifically Captain Blackmore’s story was fascinating and horrifying with all the injustice he experienced. Considering his difficult path to find Maggie leads to the shocking end that is just that, shocking; but a well placed cliffhanger for some answers in book two.”
Amazon 5-star review by K player
“As a child I was always interested in the history of the Titanic sinking, so when I saw this book I was automatically intrigued. The Titanic is the main theme of the story but is only set in the first couple of chapters. The story evolves around Magda/Maggie and Richard Blackmore. This book has everything Romance, Murder, Mystery which automatically hooks you to the story, making you want to read it in one sitting. I found it hard to put down as I was desperate to know how the story played out. Another one of my favourite things about this book is chapters from the different characters point of view I feel it makes you understand and appreciate the story more and makes you feel for the characters. A great read and thoroughly enjoyed would recommended to those interested in all things history. Looking forward to see what Tom does next.”
Goodreads 5-Star Review by Kez Booth
I loved this book! It has everything; intrigue, murder, adventure, romance and it is so easy to read. The pacing is good from the very first page, and the ending (no spoilers here) has you instantly wanting to read on. Most of the characters are likeable and the fact that there are not that many to follow makes it easier to follow the fast paced nature of the story. The story is written brilliantly and in such as way that it drives the pace of the story and you get to keep track of what the main characters are doing. A shorter read and highly recommended – looking forward to the next book!
Goodreads 4-Star Review by Ginny Stone
A compelling read! Ever wondered what it must be like to survive a major disaster?
The Brittle Sea, by Tom Kane, published slap bang in the middle of a disaster of a different kind (COVID-19), starts off in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic. The leading lady, Magda, on her way to an arranged marriage to a rather odious man, falls overboard, fortuitously into a lifeboat. Just the thought of being abandoned in such a tiny vessel in those icy seas is enough to make my blood freeze, but luckily Magda is rescued by a warm-hearted captain when he rushes to the aid of the stricken vessel.
He falls equally hard for Magda, who is suffering from amnesia. Instead of bringing light to his life, Magda inadvertently sets off a series of events that affect Captain Richard Blackmore’s life in catastrophic ways.
Full of well-written twists turns and unscrupulous characters, The Brittle Sea is the first book in The Brittle Saga trilogy and leaves one hoping that the author won’t take too long to get the second book onto the digital shelves.
Goodreads 4-Star Review by Coralee A
This book had me at the dedication.
From the gripping first scene, “The Brittle Sea” becomes and stays, a fast paced page turner. I couldn’t wait to get to the next chapter and now I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Stories around the tragedy of the Titanic abound but this one has fascinating characters that you eagerly look forward to watching develop within the story. “The Brittle Sea” has all that a fictional romp through history can have—arranged marriage, tragic love story, mystery and a bad guy you’ll love to hate.
Tom Kane is an excellent storyteller. Where will this story end? I can’t wait to find out!