Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews: First Fate by Kendall Talbot

Today Sophia Rose is reviewing the first in a new post apocalyptic series, First Fate, Wave of Fate #1.

First Fate by Kendall Talbot

#1 Wave of Fate

Post-Apocalyptic Adventure

Publisher:  Self

Published: 1.21.21

Pages:  372


Format: eARC

Source:  Author

Sellers:  Amazon

GoodReads Blurb:

Prepare for a cruise like no other.

When an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) strikes Rose of the Sea, the pleasure cruise becomes a drifting nightmare. Powerless and desperate, the eleven hundred passengers and crew must face their new reality: No one is coming to save them.

The First Mate. When the EMP destroys the captain’s pacemaker, killing him in a heartbeat, Gunner McCrae is thrust into the top position. But no amount of training could prepare him for the savagery of desperate humans and an unforgiving ocean.

The Anchorwoman. Gabrielle Kinsella is known for bringing shocking stories to the world. She should be reporting on the headline of the century. Instead she’s fighting for her children’s lives.

The Acrobat. Held captive by a predator as a child, Madeline Jewel found freedom as the ship’s acrobatic dancer. But being trapped in an elevator brings her worst fears back to life.

The Gambler. Zon Woodrow, notorious gator hunter, won his ticket to the cruise in a poker match. But that isn’t the only pot he’s looking to score. With the ship’s security system obliterated, Zon turns his attention to the casino’s vault. And this time, the house won’t win.

As resources dwindle aboard Rose of the Sea, the body count continues to rise. Will ordinary people survive an extraordinary disaster? Or will human nature drown them in darkness?

Find out in this gripping disaster/survival thriller.


Sophia Rose's Review:

What if an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) goes off near a cruise ship?  What would be the fate of those aboard and that of the ships and planes in its vicinity?  A tantalizing, seat of your pants adventure awaited me when I started reading the latest release by a favorite author.


First Fate is the opening installment in a new intense trilogy.  It is narrated by five diverse voices from among the sea of passengers and crew aboard the <i>Rose of the Sea</i>.  They are all in the midst of work and their lives when the power of ship and all electrical devices and goods is suddenly gone and they must learn to do without and rely on their ingenuity and will to survive.


Not that the loss of power was the only taxing issue, the ship is hit shortly after the EMP when a plane lost power and crashed into the hull and that is only the beginning.  The life toll is great from the crash of the plane, but also something as simple, but momentous as the loss of electricity to pacemakers and fatal accidents that result from panicked people and people at a loss. 


Great thought has gone into how people will think and act under such deteriorating conditions as supplies are used up and desperation sets in.  This was what was neat about having five very different perspectives narrating the story.  I liked some more than others and at first didn't get them all, but as the story progresses and they face things and disclose more about themselves, they start to make sense.  I found myself enjoying the Cajun Zon who is blunt and driven, quite selfish and out to help no one, but himself.  This guy is a survivor, but not to discount the others even unsure Gunner and fearful Madeline.


Things seem to be looking up after several bad points, but of course that is just when out of no where they are back in the fight of their lives.  They have to get off the death trap cruise ship somehow.  No one is coming for them out in the ocean and who knows the range of that EMP's destruction. The book ends on something of a cliff hanger that is also a good point to pause before the next part of the adventure beings.


All in all, it was riveting action and the intro of complex, engaging characters in a horrific situation.  I recommend it to those who enjoy adventures, thrillers, and even sci-fi suspense or survivor stuff.


My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


Author Bio:
Kendall Talbot is a thrill seeker, hopeless romantic, virtual killer, and award-winning author of stories that’ll have your heart thumping from the action-packed suspense in exotic locations and the swoon-worthy romance.

Kendall has sought thrills in all 46 countries she’s visited. She’s abseiled down freezing waterfalls, catapulted out of a white-water raft, jumped off a mountain with a man who spoke little English, and got way too close to a sixteen-foot shark. When she isn’t writing heart-thumping suspense in exotic locations, she’s enjoying wine and cheese with her crazy besties, and planning her next thrilling international escape​.

​She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her very own hero and a fluffy little dog who specializes in hijacking her writing time. Meanwhile, Kendall’s two sons are off making their own adventures – look out world.

Kendall’s book, Lost in Kakadu won the acclaimed title of Romantic Book of the Year in 2014, and she’s also been a finalist for Best Romantic Suspense, Best Crime Novel, Best Continuing Series, and Best New Author.

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  1. Ok how did I not know about her Sophia Rose. Great review and this is definitely something I could sink my post apocalyptic loving teeth into. Thanks

    1. I have been enthralled since her Lost in Kakadu came out. Some pretty exciting stuff, Debbie. :)

  2. Hello There Ladies! Sounds interesting with lots going on. Hugs to each of you! RO

    1. Howdy, Radiant Ro! Good to see you dropping by. Yes, this was a real page-turner. :)

  3. Oh wow this is different with the cruise liner. Great review Sophia!

    1. I thought that was a great touch to make the stranded cruise ship the setting. I think we're on an island for the next book.

  4. WOW! This is so dark and crazy... sounds fascinating and I look forward to reading your review for the rest of the series when it is out. I bet this would make a great Netflix movie!

    1. I've got the next two so I'm all set to enjoy the thrills. Yes! It would make a good Netflix.