May 1st 2014 the Earth is scorched by a stray asteroid, wiping out almost all life. Almost, but not quite. Three thousand souls aboard a cruise ship visiting the north pole are spared by a freak of nature.
The ship’s First Officer, Jake Noah, was looking forward to getting back to dry land once and for all. But then the world ended, and now he finds himself reluctantly in charge of the last handful of survivors of the human race.
The limited resources on board mean that just staying alive will be a struggle. With the threat of mutiny ever present, can Jake rise to the challenge and lead his crew and their passengers on a quest for safety, or will he take the easy option and leave anarchy and chaos to prevail? (taken from Goodreads)
Survivors is the first of a five book series about life aboard a cruise ship after an asteroid wipes out nearly all life on earth. First Office Jake Noah never wanted to be a seaman, he only took the job to make his father happy, but when the Captain and First Mate die he, as senior officer has to take charge of the ship. The lives of all three thousand passengers and staff aboard are now in his hands.
A well written, well researched series, though it did run out of steam now and then. For a five book series it managed to keep the interest going through all the novels which is unusual, most writers who write long series like this start to flounder by book number three but Mr Dayle managed to keep a solid storyline going throughout, with lots of action and intrigue.
Between mutinies, mysterious viruses, toxic ash, scarce resources and uninhabitable lands as well as not knowing if their family and friends back home are alive or not, the passenger and crew of the Spirit of Arcadia go through some of the worst experiences you could go through but the reluctant captain and his team battle through it all to find the survivors a new place to call home.
Noah’s Ark is full of excitement, intrigue and some of the worst people imaginable. Mr Dayle is to be admired for his imagination, when he throws his poor hero into some really horrible and terrifying situations he does nothing to soften the blow, but rather jumps in feet first, with all guns blazing.
Honestly, I know I say this a lot, but add this series to your reading list, though perhaps not if you are planning a cruise.