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Salt: A Post-Apocalyptic Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Colin F. Barnes
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Book Description

When the world drowns, the truth will float to the surface.

Former cop, Eva Morgan, was on a mission to bust a drug smuggling ring when her ship was caught up in a storm unlike humanity had ever seen. When the fog finally lifted, she discovered there was no longer a home port to return to.

A series of climactic disasters had conspired to drown the planet.

Now Eva and the crew of a flotilla of vessels shipwrecked against a mountain must battle for survival every day. They think their main enemy is the salt in the water surrounding them, corroding their ships and harbouring a devastating bacteria.

But when one of Eva’s closest friends is murdered, suspicion and hysteria rips through the fractious society. If they are to survive long enough to repopulate a world in crisis, they must first find the killer within, and unravel the mysteries of this new existence.

"This is a polished and thoroughly engaging mystery." - Tony Lane

"This is a great read, suspenseful, filled with action, mystery and near impossible to put down." -- David Spell

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1154 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anachron Press (August 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDQ3TY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Colin F. Barnes has once again served up a fine novel, weaving his impressive insights regarding human nature, social situations, and herd mentality into a believable tale of post-apocalyptic struggle. After solar storms initiate “the drowning”, leaving only the peaks of the tallest mountains above sea level, a pleasure cruise captain, at sea when the catastrophe occurs, and his son Duncan become the unlikely leaders of a rag-tag flotilla of miscellaneous watercraft, lashed together to support the last straggling members of human civilization. With dwindling supplies, low morale, and increasing social fracturing, the last thing Captain Jim needs is the spread of a lethal new virus and a murderer on the loose. He enlists the assistance of Eva, an ex-cop (everyone was something else before “the drowning”), to determine the identity of the murderer. The closer these three get to solving the whodunit the more difficult it becomes to discern where anyone’s loyalties lie, and the more obvious it becomes that the future of humanity hangs in the balance.

I was genuinely impressed with the maturity of this work. While “Salt” may diverge from the fast-paced, Sci-Fi pulp of Barnes’ Techxorcist Series, the intentional character building and twisting, slow-burn plotline will not leave you disappointed. Action junkies need not feel concern, there’s still plenty of it in there. It’s the obvious good/bad ambiguity within each main character, role reversals, and oblique examination of morality that make this tale particularly powerful. Rather than taking a protagonist/antagonist bent, each character ultimately serves as both, and the author often shows us how the characters themselves are painfully aware of this difficult duality.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, another winner by Colin F. Barnes May 10, 2014
First I must say this is the second book I've read by Colin F. Barnes and I think it is his best. This is a great read, suspenseful, filled with action, mystery and near impossible to put down. The setting for the book is aboard a floating city of boats after an apocalyptic event has occurred. We slowly learn about some of the events that led to our characters having the city of ships they call home. Colin F. Barnes does a great job setting up multiple story lines and mysteries with a multitude of characters. There are many different groups that exist on the floating city, as would in any small community. Many story lines are added and expanded on while the story plays out, keeping the reader engrossed and the story quickly moving to the end. Colin F. Barnes has set up great tension and animosity between many characters and groups leaving you unsure who you can trust and who are the bad guys. Our main character Eve, a former cop, finds herself in charge of solving a murder that soon opens to a wider mystery. Jim, our captain, tries to hold everyone together while the strains of life after the apocalypse increases as supplies are constantly decreasing. The book is a fast paced read and keeps your attention with suspense and great story telling. The answers are revealed but not too early and are not obvious, I wondered who was to be trusted. This is a great read for anyone who loves books about apocalyptic events. I have come to really enjoy Colin Barnes' books and look forward to reading his Techxorcist series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A post apocalyptic "thriller" with heart May 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm new to Colin's worlds. I went in this knowing only that it was a post apocalyptic story line. I've been reading a lot of those lately. The hallmarks (for good or for ill) tend to be 1) Zombies 2) Gloom and Doom 3) A Fast Pace 4) Somewhat Shallow Characters.

This book, many of you will be glad to know, includes exactly zero zombies. It's heavy on the gloom and doom. though. A mysterious disease is killing off the human race and as if that weren't enough the icecaps have melted, leaving most people adrift. The pace is a little slow, but that's largely because we spend a lot of time getting to know these people. They're stranded on a flotilla on the side of a mountain and the tension has gotten to the point that they're at each other's throats.

The Good: This was quite an enjoyable read. Colin does an excellent job with the characters and the setting. His descriptions, dialog, and plot are all very solid. He doesn't go into a lot of detail about the causes of the current situation, but I like that. None of the people on board are experts and so we know only what they do. He avoids info-dumping that way.

The Bad: This is billed as a thriller. I put it in quotes at the top, mostly because while there are spots where the tension gets nice and hot, the flames are given a chance to die down. Between mysterious killers, religious lunatics, a world ending disease, and sharks in the water this should simply not happen.

I do recommend you check it out.

I received a free electronic copy in exchange for this review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing watery-apocalypse mystery. May 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Salt is an amazing read, one that I quickly found myself aggravated at those around me who kept interrupting me while I tried to finish one more chapter to do things like "get out of the store, sir, we're closing", and "Daddy? I'm hungry."

The story in Salt revolves around a constant and tumultuous conflict between two main protagonists: Eve and Captain Jim. As ex-police officer Eve tries to come to grips with her own guilt of surviving while helping other survivors, finds herself trying to solve a strange murder on their last bastion of known life - a flotilla of tied together boats and ships just outside of the Orizaba in Mexico after an apocalyptical storm destroyed most life on the planet. The other protagonist, Jim, finds himself slowly delving deeper into madness of trying to keep everything together on the colony, while looking for hope outside the flotilla, all while trying to balance the new temperament within the small community.

The story is masterfully put together, the world building top notch (even though I would love to hear more about the internal struggles between the different groups on the flotilla outside of the main story, but that's just me), and I can't wait to read more from Colin!

If you are a fan of murder, mysteries, thrillers, apocalypse stories, crime drama, or just well written literary fiction - you can't go wrong with Salt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thanks. jeannie farner
Very good book. Kept my attention though out the whole book. Very well written. Cannot wait for the second book.
Published 8 days ago by Jeannie L. Farner
4.0 out of 5 stars Salt: an excellent change of pace in an over developed apocalypse...
This book was written well, has few grammatical errors and a fully developed plot. It is a completely different take on the apocalypse and was a welcome change. Read more
Published 9 days ago by kelly mead
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, hoping for more backstory.
Good book. Could use more back story. Hoping the next book clears up some of those gaps.
Published 13 days ago by Heather M. Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanna know
I will admit that it took me a little time to engage with the characters in this novel, but, once I did, it became a fast-paced and unpredictable adventure. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Georgia M. Bushnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a brilliant read couldn't put it down
Published 22 days ago by chris
3.0 out of 5 stars fun read!
Like the concept, it was drawn out at times but I liked it! Looking forward to the next book!
Published 23 days ago by Kimberly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This book did a good job of not letting you know we're it was going. Always coming from a direction you did not expect.
Published 29 days ago by Leslie Franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read!
The book seemed a big disjointed at times, but in general, I enjoyed reading it. I really enjoyed the last 10 chapters, and the ending leads up to an interesting sequel.
Published 1 month ago by Craig Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a fun book that combines post-apocalyptic chaos with police...
This was a fun book that combines post-apocalyptic chaos with police work, unrequited love, and religious cultism. Read more
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Colin F. Barnes is a publisher and full-time writer of science fiction and techno thrillers. He honed his craft with the London School of Journalism and the Open University (BA, English). Colin has run a number of tech-based businesses, worked in rat-infested workshops, and scoured the back streets of London looking for characters and stories.

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