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Voyage of the Dead: Sovereign Spirit Saga #1 (Volume 1) Paperback – April 11, 2013
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About the Author
David P. Forsyth holds a master’s degree in international relations and has pursued diverse interests and career paths. He is a licensed pilot and certified scuba diver. An avid reader of sci-fi, action-adventure, techno-thriller, horror, fantasy and apocalyptic fiction, Mr. Forsyth lives in Malibu, California, with the love of his life, Pamela, and nine munchkin cats. His goals are to become a successful enough author to quit his day job, focus on writing, and explore the world. He also buys the occasional lottery ticket.
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"Voyage of the Dead - Book One The Sovereign Spirit Saga" by David P. Forsyth is a unique take on the zombie apocalypse. Scott Allen, a millionaire who just happened to win the lotto and refit a cruise ship, happens to be sailing the world with his closest friends and family and is heading back home after a year long cruise. Luckily, he and the passengers are not infected with the zombie plague as they haven't been near anyone since the infection & incubation period first started. You learn a lot about the disease from the CDC and Scott Allen as his ship becomes an important part of rescuing uninfected civilians, using all of the shiny toys he has attached, such as an amphibious tour bus and a helicopter.
Voyage of the Dead starts immediately with action (starting off almost exactly when LUKAN ends) as you meet not only Scott Allen, but also another survivor named Carl. The book switches between the two of them as you watch one try to rescue and protect people from the sea with all of the equipment and weaponry a millionaire would already have, and one in the trenches just trying to survive with the other people he has found with only the materials and weapons they can scavenge.
While you don't have to read LUKAN to enjoy this novel, I do recommend it as it helped explain how the infection was spread originally, and fills in the cracks of what the CDC is able to find in their own investigations. I also look forward to reading the other books in the Sovereign Spirit Saga. I'm really excited for this series because it is a fun fantasy in one way (If I was stuck in a zombie apocalypse, I would want to be on a cruise ship/military vessel!) and realistic in the way that it portrays the outlook that in an event like this most people would look out for themselves, but that there will always be those few who go out of their way to help. "Voyage of the Dead" does a great job of showing us both sides of everything, through the minds of two different men and the people who they interact with.
One small group, 107 passengers on Scott Allen’s luxury cruise ship, Sovereign Spirit, a thousand miles off the Pacific Coast and heading for Cabo San Lucas when Armageddon struck, is untouched by the virus. Under Allen’s leadership, the group must find a way to survive the epidemic and contend with the surviving government bureaucracy.
If you’re a fan of zombie apocalypse stories, you’ll love Voyage of the Dead by David P. Forsyth. Filled with action and suspense, the story switches back and forth between Carl Stiller’s efforts to survive in a besieged Los Angeles and Scott Allen’s attempt to retain control and order aboard his vessel. The author paints a chilling picture of human society in the midst of crisis, with fairly fully-fleshed characters as they deal with life-or-death situations. The premise, that a virus could spread globally in a short period of time, but somehow skip a ship at sea, is a bit light – but, probably no different than the zombie movies that fail to explain how so many people in an area become zombies while others are uninfected. In that sense, the book is more thriller than science fiction – despite a pretty good use of modern day technology and social media.
The reader is left hanging a bit at the end – but, this is supposedly the first book in a series, so perhaps the author used a semi-cliffhanger ending to entice people to read the next volume. It was still a relatively satisfying read.