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For Those in Peril on the Sea, Colin M. Drysdale



Synopsis: The world is being overrun by a laboratory experiment gone horribly wrong. Sailing away from the infected on land seems the only way out...but don't be so sure.
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A unique and fascinating adventure of survival in a world that has been overcome by a horrifying virus.


It's hard to create a novel, let alone two of them, that I have nothing negative to say about. But Colin has done just that.

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Eternal Father strong to save
Whose arm has bound the restless wave
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in Peril on the sea

Can you imagine leaving port one sunny day on some rich person’s catamaran, your job to sail it safely halfway around the world to Miami? Along with three strangers, you battle weather and electrical outages. After months at sea with no outside contact, you finally near land and can only stare at the mass destruction of what used to be Miami. In shock, you cruise the coast and see violent and terrifying events. Coming upon a couple survivors, you learn that a horrible virus spread while you were at sea. The virus apparently began in Haiti and quickly overwhelmed the mainland, and soon the world. Those infected are no longer human, fever destroying all but the baser instincts of the brain.

What to do? Where to go?

This is, unbelievably, Colin Drysdale’s first novel and it is movie-worthy. For Those in Peril on the Sea is told from the point of view of Rob, a seasoned mariner, and it would be easy to see a Kevin Costner-esque figure fitting the role. Colin M. Drysdale crafts Rob into a strong but reluctant leader, intelligent and quick thinking, absolutely trustworthy and honorable.


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When Colin published his second novel in this series, I was extremely excited. I often have difficulty reviewing sequels; I don’t want to give too much away for the people that haven’t read the first book, but I want the people reading the review to know what is happening with the characters in that particular book. While The Outbreak is a sequel to Colin M. Drysdale’s first post-apocalyptic novel, For Those in Peril on the Sea, he has given us a whole new group of characters to connect with, as well as a closer look at the just how overpowering this virus has become.

This time the story is told from seasoned sailor and juggler Ben’s point of view, and I can easily picture Ewan McGregor filling this role. It’s set in Scotland, so we experience the virus raging through the city of Glasgow, from a single infected person who flew in from Miami. Within the course of a few hours, the military is forced to take drastic measures to try and control the spread of the virus. A small band of survivors end up together on Ben’s boat; first battling just to sail out of the city, and then to find a safe place to harbor and survive.

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The third novel in this series is scheduled to be released next year and I can’t wait!

Rachel Storey

Software engineer by day, bookworm by night. I love reading. I love writing about reading. I love talking about writing about reading. I joined Bookkaholic to have great conversations about literature, so please feel free to leave comments and discussions.


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