Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 11-10-17

Sea Bird Blue.

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.
Recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Big Cheese on 30-06-18

My God

This was the first story of the Seabound Chronicles that I read and I'm so very excited to be at the beginning of this series! I love the horror genre and am particularly interested in apocalyptic stories. This is the first one I've listened to (of very, very many) that takes place almost entirely at sea. The idea of banning together on an cruise ship to attempt to deal with an apocalyptic situation was very interesting to me. By the very nature of the plot, a certain group of people are forced together to try and survive. A new hierarchy will need to be formed, a new police force, a new medical team, a new system for living, a new... society will need to be established. I thought Jordan Rivet did an incredible job of packing this story with action and characters I was desperate to follow. Ray Greenley delivers a wonderful performance in narration. I would recommend this story to anyone at all who enjoys action content. This is a truly great one!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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3 out of 5 stars
By S A on 13-10-17

Worst Cruise Ever

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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