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Having to spontaneously hop on a cruise ship may not sound all that bad...
Yellowstone blows and no one seems to not notice. That's a bit hard to believe, but wait. So you hop aboard a cruise ship and barely escape. You drift around awhile, no one will let you ashore or help out. You manage to find 9000 gallon fuel tanks lashed to the deck of a wrecked ship and get them off and aboard your cruise ship in a storm. Later somewhere in China you go ashore and find everyone starving and martial law in place. Running to escape you find a barrel of rice in the alley and decide to bring it along.
These and many other conveniences, contrivances and just odd plot lines make this book a bit of a struggle to digest. This is a prequel, but it doesn't inspire me to listen to any subsequent books. I found myself wondering when it would end and if I could make it through. None of the characters are particularly likable and have generally bad attitudes and issues. Some of the more interesting ones are killed off leaving the dregs to trudge along.
The book is very well narrated by Ray Greenley so there's that.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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This was a great 'end of the world' book!I enjoyed it.Besides the natural disasters devastating the coastal areas and being turned away at every port,the people of the Catalina cruise ship endure.In just two weeks they form bonds and mourn friends.Ray Greenley was a fine narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
When the sky over San Diego boils with a cloud of dust and ash which smothers everything and everyone it encompasses, Simon, who'd been walking with his six years old daughter by the ocean front, grabbed her hand and ran to the only hope of safety he could see - the just departing cruise ship, the Catalina. Just behind him, Judith, an ambitious college student, follows. Leaving the land and death behind them, the ship and it's 1,000 or so passengers heads for the relative safety of the ocean. Expecting only to be aboard for a short a time, Burnt Sea follows the lives of those on the Catalina as they search for a safe landing place, not knowing that disaster has struck worldwide.
Well written with good characterisations drawn of the main protagonists, the story is both gripping and surprisingly realistic as Simon tries to keep morale high despite the obviously increasing degeneration of their circumstances. The book is the prequel to a trilogy set some years after this initial escape to the sea from a world increasingly, and dramatically, unable to sustain life on the land, and it avoids the obvious dangers of over sentimentality.
Read by Ray Greenley, who's narration is clear, well paced and perfectly tailored to the story text, the individual characters are further enhanced by his voicings for them. Always personality distinct, Mr.Greenley helps injects emotion into their responses, never too extreme, but fitting the situation. An excellent performance.
It is not necessary to have read this book before proceeding with the first volume of the trilogy but it is a very interesting addition to know how it all began.