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Salt: A Post-Apocalyptic Mystery by [Barnes, Colin F.]
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  • Number 1 Best-Seller in Sea Adventures 06/06
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About the Author

Colin F. Barnes is a publisher and writer of science-fiction and techno thrillers and a member of both the British Fantasy Society and the British Science Fiction Association. He honed his craft at the London School of Journalism and the Open University, where he studied 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—which he found in abundance. His hobbies include building mechs, pondering the end of the world as we know it, and being manipulated by an evil black cat.

You can connect with Colin at www.colinfbarnes.com and www.facebook.com/colinfrancisbarnes, and you can also follow him on Twitter: @ColinFBarnes.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1286 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anachron Press (August 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDQ3TY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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It's been three years since the world, except for a few mountaintops, was covered by water. Solar storms and earthquakes caused the water trapped in the Earth's crust to flood the world.

Eva, who used to be a cop (pre-flood), is living on a flotilla floating around the Pico de Orizaba Mountain on what used to be Mexico with 125 other survivors.

Murders, intrigue, secrets galore and Eva is right in the middle of the action. Oh, and on top of everything else, there is a deadly infection killing off survivors.

This book brought the movie WATERWORLD to mind as I read it. Both were based on good ideas that didn't quite work when completed.

SALT has a serious lack of character development. The characters and the dialogue were wooden and emotionless. And I had a difficult time visualizing the flotilla and living quarters of the survivors.

I wanted to like this book because post-apocalyptic tales are my favorite genre but I had a hard time reading it through to the end. I think the author could have left out some of the many "disasters" and focused his energies on developing one or two with better results.

NOTE: I received this book from Amazon Publishing through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
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Format: Paperback
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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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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