Here is a truly remarkable story of mystery, suspense, acute danger and extraordinary courage - a modern shipwreck that could so easily have taken hundreds to their deaths.
In Death of a Cruise Ship, author Tom O'Connor presents a cross-section of the passengers, the entertainers and the crew as they move through a normal day ashore. Then when the worst kind of trouble occurs and the ship hits rocks, we follow these people through all their varied reactions and concerns, and sometimes desperate attempts to get free of the sinking ship.
Specially telling are the thoughts and feelings of the Russian captain while the bravery of the rescuers, New Zealanders and Russian alike, contributes to one of the great sagas of the sea.
Journalists' classic questions of who, what, when, where and how are followed through in this highly charged and gripping story.