Narrator: Ray Greenley
Series: Seabound Chronicles #0
Published by Self Published / Indie on 14 September 2017
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Moments before the world ends, two strangers pass each other on the San Diego boardwalk. Simon is taking a walk with his young daughter, Esther. Judith is jogging to relax before her first big job interview. When a cloud of ash descends without warning, swallowing the city behind them, Simon and Judith escape onto a nearby cruise ship and head for open water. The Yellowstone super eruption has begun, and the luxury vessel is their only hope of survival.
Cut off from all communication, the survivors begin a desperate search for a safe haven. Simon and Judith struggle to keep the peace as tensions rise between the stranded passengers, the crew, and the volatile old captain. With resources running low and storms increasing in ferocity, they're about to encounter a threat more dangerous than the sea itself.
Find out how the Catalina's journey began in the action-packed prequel to the Seabound Chronicles. This full-length novel can be enjoyed on its own or after any book in the post-apocalyptic Seabound trilogy.
©2015 Jordan Rivet (P)2017 Jordan Rivet
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Burnt Sea by Jordan Rivet is the prequel to the series called Seabound Chronicles. Simon, a history professor, is taking a walk on the boardwalk with his daughter, Esther, as he ponders his dissatisfying life. Judith, a highly ambitious college student, is also on the boardwalk on a run before her dream interview. Suddenly, billowing clouds of ash take over the sky, sending everyone fleeing in panic. Simon, Esther, and Judith escape aboard a cruise ship called the Catalina. On the ship, adrift at sea, the passengers and crew begin to slowly gather information about what is happening on land. The world has changed. A supervolcano in Yellowstone erupted, spreading death and chaos across the world and remaking reality with a sharp focus on survival. As Simon and Judith inadvertently take charge of the Catalina’s passengers and crew, they must balance tensions on the ship as they search desperately for a safe harbor for their boat of refugees.
This was a wonderful prequel. Having read the Seabound Chronicles, it is great to get the background on how the disaster started and how the relationships between the passengers on the ship were first born. The characters of Judith and Simon are really well developed and really gave context for the development of the characters’ personalities and relationship. It also introduces the protagonist of the Seabound Chronicles as a six-year-old girl and the beginnings of her relationship with Judith. As with the other books, it’s a fast-paced and action-packed story with great dialogue between all the characters. I really enjoyed the balance between the professorial Simon and ambitious Judith, as they navigate guiding the passengers through each struggle. Rivet does a great job with crafting a unique but realistic story with the characters at the heart of it. While it is not necessary to have read Seabound Chronicles to enjoy this story, reading it makes it richer, I believe. But reading the Seabound Chronicles after this prequel would also be great.
The narration was Ray Greenley was well done as with the other Seabound Chronicle books. It is well paced and has individual characterization. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes post-apocalyptic stories about the struggle to survive in the face of natural disaster.