Book Review: Unthinkable by Richard Cibrano

Title: Unthinkable

Author: Richard Cibrano

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Release Date: July 19, 2013



Book Summary: 

When Detective Francis Dimaio, supervisor of the Pinkerton detective agency’s Philadelphia bureau, read the telegram from Allan Pinkerton, ordering him to leave immediately for New York, he knew he would have to put off the vacation with his wife. What he couldn’t have known was that he was about to open an investigation into the deaths of more than 1500 people.

A few days earlier, former president Theodore Roosevelt had arrived unexpectedly at Pinkerton’s Broadway office. In his possession was a letter from his former aide and advisor, Major Archibald Butt. Butt, now the aide-de-camp for President Taft, had been returning to the United States on the Titanic after a round of diplomacy with the King of Italy, when he went down with the ship. In the letter, dated the day of the sailing, Butt wrote that a representative of the Italian Prime Minister approached him with knowledge of a stratagem to incite the world to the brink of war. Most alarming, the plot would involve the sinking of a passenger liner. The source of the tip further confided Titanic would be the logical target. Determined to uncover the facts behind the portentous warning, Roosevelt persuades Pinkerton to take on the case. Dimaio, a tenacious investigator whose resume includes tracking Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, accepts the assignment and quickly uncovers than elaborate insurance fraud involving the Titanic and her sister ship Olympic. Working every angle, Dimaio discovers the fraud was double-edged, and as evidence begins to emerge that the plot is still in play, he and Pinkerton find themselves in a race against time with an ambitious financier, a ruthless agent from British Intelligence, and the cabal of powerful men working behind the scenes, hell-bent on seeing to completion their diabolical plans.

When it comes to historical fiction, I’m usually a sucker to pick up any book. I have never read a book based off conspiracy theories though, so thought Unthinkable would be a great place to start. I have to admit, it really was intriguing and though not all facts were accurate, there is still a mystery surrounding some of the events of the Titanic.
While reading Unthinkable, Mark and I decided to watch Titanic’s Final Mystery on the Smithsonian Channel (we watched on netflix). Watching that and comparing facts and fiction with the book was a lot of fun. I think the author did a great job of weaving this story around such a large catastrophe in our history.
Rating: 3.5 stars. It was a good book
Content: About a dozen uses of mild language with a few instances of stronger language near the end of the book. Some closed door premarital sex, and references/descriptions to brothels (the character walks past a very questionable area).
Source: Kelley & Hall Book Publicity
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