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In commenting on his debut book, Joshua states in an interview, ‘In Pandora, my main character Julian is fighting for a better life for his younger brother Ricardo. Julian and Ricardo are two kids from around the world I’ve supported in their struggle against poverty. So a third of my characters generally have hidden meanings like that, mostly just to write a bit of my own soul into the books. Pandora is an actiony horror/thriller that takes place on a derelict cruise ship. After responding to a distress signal, the cruise ship Emerald Rose disappears. It returns a week later transmitting a single word—Pandora—thus prompting an investigation by a Special Forces team. They quickly discover that not everything aboard the Emerald Rose is as it appears to be and find themselves in a fight for their survival against horrible creatures and an impending worldwide apocalypse.’
It is difficult to believe PANDORA is Joshua’s initial book, so polished and erudite is his prose and his graceful way with painting scenes so credibly. He allows us to share his love for his characters and each character becomes three dimensional almost as soon as we meet them. Yes this is a horror story, but it is also brushed with enough comic relief that it allows the tale to stand tall and breathe.
But to the story, well summarized by Joshua – ‘Evil is rising. Shortly after retrieving a survivor from the ill-fated research vessel La Magia, cruise ship Emerald Rose mysteriously disappears. But evil isn’t content to stay lost forever. The ship reemerges a week later transmitting a single word—Pandora—prompting business tycoon Patrick Carver to send out a team to investigate. He seeks out Aubrey Pittenger for reasons beyond her. She’s not a soldier or a rescuer, just a doctor who spent the last year suffering from the loss of her little girl. Yet when Carver makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she finds herself hurtling toward the crumbling ship and the dark things that flit through its once elegant hallways. Mercenary Julian Eduardo receives a similar offer. Having lived most of his life on one battlefield or another, he now fights to ensure his little brother Ricardo won’t have to follow in his blood soaked footsteps. But all is not as it seems aboard the Emerald Rose, and evil comes in many forms. Carver’s cutthroat team will have to band together if they hope to survive the night and find the essence of hope, the hope they’ve all been searching for, the distant promise at the bottom of Pandora’s Box.’
Irresistible? Yes, even for those who prefer the mystery end of horror. This quite simple is a superb book and the introduction of a very promising young novelist. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, April 17
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A cruise ship suddenly goes missing and then reappears one week later. All attempts to contact the ship fail and the ship’s owner dispatches his own security team ostensibly to see what’s happening before governments and the military takeover the investigation.
The investigating security team knows not only that something is seriously wrong with the ship, but also that the investigation is being handled in a completely unorthodox manner. However, the ship’s owner, Carver, knows exactly how to manipulate each member of the team to keep them on mission despite their serious misgivings. He also seems to have enough influence to keep normal modes of disaster investigation at bay.
This book is nonstop action delivered in frightening detail, with surprises at every turn. As readers we explore the devastated ship with the team as they suffer terrible casualties. Having traveled on several cruises, the layout was reminiscent of my own trips (except for the massive destruction of course) and that bizarre warping of a familiar and pleasant scene only added to the impact.
Grant is an excellent storyteller and the plot is well thought out. The fine descriptions put me into the midst of the action and kept me reading.
For my part, I found the coarse language jarring and distracting, but I realize for many readers this would make the tense, life-threatening scenes more realistic.
In summary, if you like Science fiction that comes across as Horror, then I think you will like this book.