Voyage of the Dead, Flotilla of the Dead, and Deluge of the Dead comprise Volume One of the highly rated Sovereign Spirit Saga. Together with the new prequel collection, Interludes in Hell, they offer a bold new perspective on the zombie apocalypse genre. This is more science-fiction and action-adventure than pure horror, following a group of lucky survivors aboard a ship as it sails through the apocalypse and beyond. Think Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek meets The Walking Dead and you will have an idea of where the Sovereign Spirit is going. In fact, try to think of the BEST place to ride out the zombie apocalypse. Then decide if you would sit back in safety, or try to make a difference? The apocalypse may have ended the world as they knew it, but the situation is not hopeless for those who have the means and will to endure, fight back and start over. There is plenty of action, suspense, blood and guts, but the story is intended to be more about using your brains than eating them. With that in mind, Bon Voyage!
Voyage of the Dead starts as the zombie apocalypse erupts. Those aboard the Sovereign Spirit watch the world being overrun in vivid HD via satellite TV, then rush to rescue friends and family ashore. A subplot features a lone survivor in a city being consumed by infected undead cannibals. It’s an adventure through the apocalypse as a ship pursues her mission to restore hope and one man struggles to outsmart the Zs.
Flotilla of the Dead picks up where the 1st book left off. The Sovereign Spirit rescues survivors, attracts followers, and encounters new challenges and confrontations. A group ashore discovers new weapons to battle the horde. Objectives are reached and lives are lost. Plot lines converge in a riveting crisis.
Deluge of the Dead raises the stakes as the survivors discover that zombies may not be the worst threat they face. Nature and remnants of civil authority play a role in gathering lucky survivors into a safe haven, but others are intent on violating the fragile sanctuary. You won’t believe who lives and who dies in the end. And this is only the beginning.
Interludes in Hell was released after the first three books, but describes events before and during the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse. Three prequel novellas explore the cause and effect of the virus that brought on the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know it. “Lukan” (also available separately) is the first hand account from a sick mind that unleashed the virus. “Land’s End” describes how a yachtsman in Mexico deals with an onslaught of zombies. “Into the Breach” follows a battalion of US Marines sent to defend a city that is eating itself alive. These prequels can be read as stand alone stories, introductions to the saga, or provide “ah-ha” insights to fans of the series.
Volume Two of the Sovereign Spirit Saga will launch in 2014. Several other writers are also working on books set in the Sovereign Spirit “universe” and may even cross plot lines. I can think of no higher form of praise for the series. Their work will also be noted and linked here when available. In short, the saga has just begun. Welcome aboard!