Sailing the Apocalypse Available for Preorder

I’m wrapping up the manuscript for my next book within a few days and it will be all set to go to the copyeditor shortly thereafter.  Sailing the Apocalypse is a novel of about 70,000 words, and is the first novel I’ve written in the first person point of view.  This is a story I’ve really enjoyed working on and writing it has given me several ideas for other works or possibly sequels to this one. Anyone who has spent as much time on or around the water as I have could not help but run into some of the eccentric characters sailing attracts. The main character of this story is one of those, but like most sailors and boatbuilders, Terry Bailey is resourceful and independent even if he does take a lot of his ideas too far.

With “apocalypse” in the title, a lot of my readers will assume this book is another “post-apocalyptic” or dystopian survival tale like The Pulse or The Darkness After, but it’s actually more “pre-apocalyptic” if anything. The Wharram catamaran featured in the story and on the cover is christened the Apocalypse by Terry and his family after they build and launch it.  And it’s purpose is to be their new home and escape pod from the doom that Terry is certain will soon befall America. Readers of my other works will see a bit of the prepper mentality in this character as well, but he’s much more off the deep end than I’ve recommended in my serious nonfiction titles on the subject.

Sailing the Apocalypse is available for preorder now in the ebook form for just five bucks from the usual retailers linked below, and the print version will be available about the time the ebook is released.  Although the release date posted on Amazon and the other stores is February 15, the book should be available a full month earlier or by the end of January at the latest.

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Another Interview with John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival Radio invited me back this week to talk about my most recent book, Refuge.  You can listen to the interview in full here:

John has posted some of his thoughts about the book and the interview on his website here:

He also shares some thoughts about what he calls “survival” or “prepper” fiction, and we seem to agree on the aspects of this sub-genre that we both like and dislike.  For example, none of my characters are survival experts, seasoned preppers or ex-special forces military types.  I understand the appeal of books with heroes of that nature, but for my own writing I prefer to place mostly ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances and see what happens.  While some of the characters in my stories have special skills or backgrounds that make them more adaptable to the dangers of a post-collapse world, none of them are “preppers” or “survivalists” and I do not consider myself one either.  I don’t like either term because of the popular misconceptions of them, even though I have written both nonfiction and fiction books could be considered to fit into those descriptions and my most recent nonfiction book was even titled  The Prepper’s Workbook.

I’ve been interested in learning wilderness survival skills for as long as I can remember, having spent much of my childhood reading outdoor adventure stories and wanting to be able to do the things the heroes in those stories could do.  Even then I knew I would pursue real-life adventures as much as possible when I got old enough, and I was lucky enough to make many of my dreams come true in that regard.  As a consequence, it was essential to learn many of these skills and to learn how to be comfortable in conditions and circumstances far outside of ordinary modern life.  This is the background that has provided the inspiration for the last seven books I’ve written, including the three novels, and I plan to continue the stories started in The Pulse and The Darkness After as two ongoing series.  Aside from those, I have plans for other unrelated stories, such as Sailing the Apocalypse, which is in progress now.  Most of these other ideas have a survival or apocalyptic theme, and all are adventures in one way or another because adventure is what I live for.

Speaking of those future projects, if you haven’t signed up for my new email newsletter, please consider doing so now.  There was some confusion when I started the new mailing list because many of you who are reading this have subscribed to my blog posts on this site.  I want to point out again that the blog subscription is a separate thing and I have added sign-up forms for both the newsletter and the blog posts in the sidebar to the right on this page.  If you are already a blog subscriber and are reading this in an email or RSS feed, the proper link for the newsletter signup is here:

The purpose of the newsletter is to keep my readers updated regarding my new books and other events and one of the benefits of signing up is that you will automatically be entered to win free copies of my books in the many giveaways I’m doing there.  In October, one subscriber was chosen each of the five Fridays of that month to receive a free copy of Refuge, and before that, ten copies of that book were given to winners chosen at random from that list.  I have more book giveaways and announcements coming up, so stay tuned for those.

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Coming Soon: Sailing the Apocalypse

I’ve been getting lots of good feedback from readers of Refuge, the first sequel to The Pulseand many inquiries as to whether the series will continue.  I want to assure you that there is much more to the story, and when I wrote The Pulse I originally envisioned it as at least a trilogy if not a longer series.  The same goes for the parallel story of Mitch and April that began in The Darkness After.  I am working on a book now that will be the first in a new series with these characters, with The Darkness After effectively becoming a prequel at that point.  I will be posting more on that soon.

But first, the next book release I have planned is Sailing the Apocalypse.  This is a story I’ve been thinking about for awhile and I want to get it completed while the ideas are fresh in my mind.  Despite the title, the story is not post-apocalyptic and it’s not related to any of my other works, but rather is a standalone tale of misadventure with a touch of humor, told in the first person point of view.   The description follows the cover image below, and I’ll post an announcement here just as soon as the book is listed on Amazon for preorder:


Sailing the Apocalypse: A Misadventure at Sea

How far would you go to protect your family if you were convinced America was in imminent danger of collapse? Would you build an underground bunker and stockpile it with weapons and supplies? Buy a cabin in the woods and start growing all your own food? Sell everything off and move to a survivalist’s stronghold in the mountains of Idaho?

None of the above would be enough if you were obsessed with boats the way Terry Bailey is obsessed. Terry has an escape plan to take his family to the very ends of the earth by sea; the only real option left to survive what’s coming, according to him. Selling them on the idea that time is fast running out, he puts the entire family to work building a homemade boat – a huge, ocean-going plywood catamaran, sloppily cobbled together over the course of two years of hard labor in their small town backyard in north Mississippi.

When the boat is ready to launch, Terry christens it the Apocalypse, and moves the family aboard for good, bidding farewell to life on land along with everything and everyone they had known before that day. There is no need to wait for disaster to strike, because Terry Bailey has created his own. Now he is about to drag his entire family with him over the horizon. Sailing the Apocalypse is the story of a man who has gone too far, and is told from the perspective of the twelve-year-old stepson who watches it all unfold as he is swept along for the ride.

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