Praise

Praise for Mystery of the Last Olympian: Titanic’s Tragic Sister Britannic

“In Richie Kohler’s new book, the same drive for adventure that captivated my father comes alive as Kohler rediscovers the mysteries surrounding the ship’s fateful demise. Their journey spans across past and present, honouring the legacy of an unsinkable ship and the determination of those who risked, or even lost, their lives in the search to uncover its secrets.”

~ Jean-Michel Cousteau, explorer, environmentalist, educator, and producer

“A magnificent, fascinating, entertaining, and must-read true story of the sinking of the ship that has been ignored by history, the larger sister of the legendary Titanic given the name Britannic, a ship that was even faster and more luxurious. Almost as if given a curse, her hulk also rests beneath the sea. Richie Kohler tells her tale in vivid detail, a wonderful, readable tapestry of the last voyage of the Britannic.”

~ Clive Cussler, best-selling author, shipwreck expert, and grand master of adventure

“An especially appealing book for adventure lovers, historians, and wreck enthusiasts. Richie Kohler (with Charlie Hudson) has written about his truly incredible expeditions and technologically advanced dives that push wreck diving boundaries to new levels in his quest for answers regarding the very swift sinking of the ocean liner Britannic."

~ Bernie Chowdhury, Author, The Last Dive

“Every aspect of shipwreck history, discovery, exploration, and forensics is expertly blended with compelling people stories that make this an essential read for anyone with a love of the sea and lost ships.”

~ James P. Delgado, host of National Geographic International Television’s The Sea Hunters and author of Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea

“Mystery of the Last Olympian is a well-written, well-researched and documented book . . . Richie’s passion for discovery seeps from every word . . . The book will make you stand and cheer and will also bring tears to your eyes when discussing the human toll that can be part of deep-sea exploration.”

~ Charles George, Wreck Diving Magazine

“Like most extreme underwater exploration, the wreck of the Britannic is full of questions and hope laced with the tragedy of loss. Kohler and Hudson’s work intermingles fascinating history with the personal challenges and sacrifices of exploration. Whether you are interested in what drives an explorer’s ambition or the technical details of being an aquanaut, you won’t be able to put this page turner down. Honest recollections of the consequences of a life pushing the bounds of exploration are impossible to turn away from. Dark shadows follow us but also whisper in our ears to dive on.”

~ Jill Heinerth, award-winning filmmaker, author, and pioneer underwater explorer

“She was the Titanic's sister ship and she met a similar, tragic fate. But few people are familiar with the story of the Belfast-built Britannic. That's about to change, courtesy of a new book about a vessel that was even bigger than the Titanic - and sank in half the time. . . . Mystery of the Last Olympian . . .”

~ Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph

"Mystery of the Last Olympian" is a deep dive into the historical context and significance of the Olympic-class ocean liners (Olympic, Titanic, Britannic), the shockingly-unusual circumstances of Ms. Violet Jessop, and the tragic death of explorer and expedition leader Carl Spencer…. Divers, historians, explorers, wreck aficionados – really anyone with a passion for going into the dangerous, hidden corners of our planet – will appreciate the tremendous effort the authors have put into this work and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

~ Joshua Bernstein, Explorer At Large