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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,142 ratings  ·  129 reviews

In the near future, the effects of a catastrophic solar flare have left the earth almost entirely submerged, with only the tops of the very tallest mountains remaining above water.

Moored to one of these peaks is a flotilla of ships and boats containing all of the planet’s known survivors. One hundred and twenty-five souls remain, but not for long—a mysterious infection is

Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by 47North (first published May 15th 2014)
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Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
This was an okay story, but the pace was a bit slow. Basically we had a murder which took place on a boat, in a dystopian world where the world was basically flooded and the last remaining humans lived on ships. Even with the deaths, the story was just not my cup of tea, the pace was too slow, and the whole thing just dragged. I wouldn’t want to read a sequel.

5 out of 10
I adore post-apocalyptic stories. The inventive ways in which authors have managed to decimate the planet and its population. Who they choose to let live, how they survived and what those survivors do from this point on is always interesting. However, I occasionally read one that could have been much more than it was, as was the case with Salt.

Solar storms and earthquakes have turned the Earth into a water world with only a few points of land which were previously mountaintops. At one of these m
Paul Nelson
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books-read
Salt is a post-apocalyptic murder mystery come thriller amidst a slightly different backdrop than most in this genre, the world has drowned, the only land visible being the highest peaks of the world and a whole host of problems for humanity who survive on an island of boats lashed together to a half sunken cruiser at the Orizaba peak of Mexico.

On board a host of desperate characters from the captain and his crew, a London gangster contingent and an ex-cop right down to a bunch of religious nutc

I'll admit that I may have entered the giveaway for this book based solely on its cover.( I know, I know!) However it would seem that my shallow lust for a pretty picture paid off because this book was amazing!

I read a lot of post-apocalyptic novels but not many thrillers. It's probably for the best though as I don't think my poor heart could handle an abundance of this type of perfected suspense. I literally bit my nails down to the quick while reading this, my heart hammered like crazy in my c
The Scary Reviews
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
First I must say this is the second book I've read by Colin F. Barnes and I think it is his best. This is a great read, suspenseful, filled with action, mystery and near impossible to put down. The setting for the book is aboard a floating city of boats after an apocalyptic event has occurred.  We slowly learn about some of the events that led to our characters having the city of ships they call home.  Colin F. Barnes does a great job setting up multiple story lines and mysteries with a multitud ...more
Chris Tallant
Salt is an amazing read, one that I quickly found myself aggravated at those around me who kept interrupting me while I tried to finish one more chapter to do things like "get out of the store, sir, we're closing", and "Daddy? I'm hungry."

The story in Salt revolves around a constant and tumultuous conflict between two main protagonists: Eve and Captain Jim. As ex-police officer Eve tries to come to grips with her own guilt of surviving while helping other survivors, finds herself trying to solve
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't like this one unfortunately.

The pacing was really really slow, and it made the whole thing drag badly. I felt bored pretty much from the start, and it felt like it would never end at points.

Overall, Not a book I enjoyed.
Tammy K.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Post-Apocalyptic, Thrillers
This book has a solid action plot.
I read it in one day.
This is a 'new-ish' indie author. He hits the sweet spot in some elements: pacing, plenty of action/mystery, red herrings and other twists.
However he misses the mark on character development. I cringed every time I hit the stereotypical flat 'villain(s)'. The MC wasn't one that I could easily get behind either. Frankly, I had to put aside my dislike for her in order to read on. Thankfully, this story has a wide cast of characters to cheer
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so lucky to win this in a giveaway I absolutely loved it and I'm so looking forward to the next one, great murder, mystery and suspense, had the same sort of feeling of wool by Hugh Howey although totally different at the same time, this deserves its place on my favourites shelf!
BLUF: Good way for those who prefer murder mysteries, but want to branch out into the post-apocalyptic genre. (Enjoy!)

**I was provided a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review**

Plot: Salt is set three years after our world has flooded due to solar flares and earthquakes. Our survivors are aboard a flotilla, which is (essentially) many ships secured together. Among the battles to keep the various clans civil and cooperative, the flotilla’s residents must also be wea
This post-apocalyptic murder mystery had many good ideas, but I think in the end, there was just too much going on. What I did like was the idea of a flotilla settlement of survivors trying to make it after the oceans rose. The flotilla itself was well described and is unique - something I haven't read about or thought about in a post-apocalyptic novel, except for maybe Waterworld.

What I didn't like was that the science was a bit.. lacking and uncertain. Solar flares caused storms that caused ea
Loved the setting - a flotilla of boats tied together against the apex of a mountain top, two years after an apocalyptic flood destroyed the earth and most of humanity. The murder mystery was good too - I especially found the 9-year-old boy Danny endearing. I wish, however, there was more made of world itself. I would think, with the threat of infection surrounding these few survivors every day, that the salt used to reduce infection would be more of a daily deal that the brief mentions that are ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regular readers of my reviews will know that I can’t ever let an opportunity to revel in good apocalyptic fiction pass me by. I just love this devilish little sub-genre. I wish I could tell you exactly why, but in all honesty I’m not sure I can. All I know is that apocalyptic fiction really resonates with me, just can’t get enough of it. The latest work I’ve cast my beady eye over is SALT by Anachron Press supremo, Colin F Barnes. So let’s sit back, relax, and get ourselves comfortable while the ...more
Bridgit Morgan
**3.5 out of 5 stars**

Thank you NetGalley and 47North for allowing me to review this novel!

“The world was a better place with people in it, even if some of them were no good.”

Salt by Colin F. Barnes is a Sci-Fi/Post-Apocalyptic novel, following 125 survivors living on a flotilla of ships and boats moored to a mountain peak. After a solar flare left the earth completely submerged in water, these survivors have had to figure out to exist on just a few ships, with a mysterious infection lingeri
Liz Barnsley
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author for the review copy.

In 2014 humanity didn’t stand a chance. A series of fatal climatic disasters struck, entirely drowning the planet. Now, just one hundred and twenty-five souls remain, surviving on a flotilla of damaged ships. But their survival isn’t guaranteed. Facing severe threats to their numbers by a fatal bacterium and increasingly warring factions, they discover a serial killer within their midst.

Highly enjoyable tale this one, combining two of my very favourite
Jenn Belden
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore post-apocalyptic stories. The inventive ways in which authors have managed to decimate the planet and its population. Who they choose to let live, how they survived and what those survivors do from this point on is always interesting. However, I occasionally read one that could have been much more than it was, as was the case with Salt.

This is a post-apocalyptic murder mystery of sorts. Basically, earthquakes and solar storms result in a near-total flooding of the Earth and most of life
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
I usually love apocalypse books. There is something about the end of the world via natural disaster that excites and thrills me. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book, mainly because it felt a little clunky.

It seemed to take a long time to explain exactly what happened to cause the world to drown. Yes, it’s briefly mentioned in the summary, but there doesn’t seem to be a good explanation in the actual story.

Also, how did that many boats come together? It just felt under explained, which left me
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It took just a few weeks for the world to end."

It's been three years since the world, except for a few mountaintops, was covered by water. Solar storms and earthquakes caused the water trapped in the Earth's crust to flood the world.

Eva, who used to be a cop (pre-flood), is living on a flotilla floating around the Pico de Orizaba Mountain on what used to be Mexico with 125 other survivors.

Murders, intrigue, secrets galore and Eva is right in the middle of the action. Oh, and on top of everythin
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salt, by Colin F. Barnes, is not a post-apocalyptic book.

I warn you now so that you know what you’re getting. I didn’t, and I was a bit disappointed at first.

While it’s set in a post-apocalypse world, one of environmental collapse (along with a mini-pandemic), this is a murder mystery. I will say that the post-apoc setting adds to the atmosphere, while adding challenges that wouldn’t exist in our everyday world, but it’s still a murder mystery.

And it’s a good one.

I wanted to know who was killin
Kimberly Morris
Salt is a post apocalyptic thriller that follows a group of survivor trying to make a life after a series of disasters floods the entire planet. I found the characters wonderfully believable. I really appreciated that the author did not write the heroine in such a way that you are focused on her beauty and the dynamic that creates with all the male characters. In fact her appearance was barely mentioned and there was no silly romantic brooding in the midst of much more pressing matters. The situ ...more
Set on a newly flooded Earth, Salt is a most enjoyable and tense post apocalyptic thriller. The survivors don't just have to contend with hostile seas and rain-borne diseases, there is a murderer loose aboard the flotilla, spreading fear and suspicion among the increasingly divided factions.

Randy Harmelink
I enjoyed the early pacing, but the ending felt rushed. And we needed the "big reveal" spoon fed to us to know what had happened. I never really connected with any character in the book, so I'm sure that affected my enjoyment of it.
C.L. Riley
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I found it unique and suspenseful. I will eagerly await book two. I hope there is a second installment.
Nancy Drew meets the Drowned World. Meh.
Kenya Starflight
When one reads a post-apocalyptic book, one has to be expected to suspend their disbelief to some degree. After all, humanity and the world at large have managed to survive some pretty devastating things, and a disaster that manages to wipe out most of humanity and/or the world at large takes some doing. All I asked from "Salt" is that it be entertaining and not stretch that willing suspension of disbelief TOO much. And well... while (somewhat) entertaining, "Salt" ended up pushing that sense a ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Eva is a survivor of the drowning, an apocalyptic event that left no land in the world, and the survivors all have to make a new life out at sea. Eva lives on a flotilla - a community of dozens of boats roped together - and at the start of the novel, volunteers are being sent out to find somewhere better. The problem is no volunteer has ever returned. Eva says goodbye to the man
Robyn Lippert
I randomly chose this book as part of getting 10 free ones when I fired up my Kindle. I am not the biggest fan of end of the world type disaster books, but thought this one started out pretty good. The premise of the story is interesting and the author did a pretty good job with getting you engaged with the main characters. About half way through is when my interest in the book started to wane, it was obvious that the author wanted you to think that the murders were the work of one of two seemin ...more
Stacy Kingsley
Oct 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am going to be honest, I gave up after the 100th page. I tried to get into this book, as I like a good post or apocalyptic story, but I never could. The characters were annoying, and the main character, Eva, cares only about herself, even though she is supposed to be caring about her friends. The book begins with her selfish thoughts as a married man named Mike leaves and all Eva can think about is how Jean, his wife, should know. Neither Graves nor Jim add anything to the story, and it is all ...more
This could have been so much more than it was. Character development was limited and the 'twist' wasn't really all that surprising. That's not to say I didn't like it - because I did find myself unwilling to put it down and read it in just a few days. But - I wanted more. More background to the story, more detail about the flotilla and the way folks lived, more detail about the people that were there- it was hard to care about them when you just never got the chance to know them except for in th ...more
Janka H.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
A post-apocalytic world - on water. A hopeless situation. A killer on the run. And the impossible hope.

The due praise first - the world here is super interesting! The last flotilla on water, they might be the last people on Earth after the flood - and their sources are just smaller and smaller. And there is a killer amongst them. And maybe a hope to be saved from the bacterial kind of illness - and maybe there is a way to connect with some more people alive?
Eva, the heroine, is also quite intere
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Colin F. Barnes is published by Amazon’s 47North imprint, Podium, and Audible. He honed his craft with the Open University, London School of Journalism, and years in the crit trenches. He’s the author of the Code Breakers series and the Last Flotilla duology.

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