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(The Organization #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  47 reviews
10% of this product’s profits help fund ocean exploration
Evil is rising. Shortly after retrieving a survivor from the ill-fated research vessel La Magia, cruise ship Emerald Rose mysteriously disappears. But evil isn’t content to stay lost forever. The ship reemerges a week later transmitting a single word—Pandora—prompting business tycoon Patrick Carver to send out a tea
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published October 10th 2016 (first published 2016)
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Stjepan Cobets
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My rating 4.7

The book "Pandora (The Organization # 1)" by Joshua Grant is a very good horror book in which warns of the greed of individuals who would like to experience immortality regardless of the price they have to pay. When Pandora's Box is opened it's certain that only pure evil will come out of that box. The cruise ship Emerald Rose was sent to find survivors of the research vessel La Magia but find only one survivor. After that, the ship Emerald Rose disappears for a week. When the boat
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
4.5 stars...

In all of the horror books I've read, I've never really encountered a mutating creature quite like this one. It was different that's for sure. I decided to go with 4 stars instead of 5 just because I still don't particularly understand that horrible creature's plan and how it's going to be mankind's savior.

I got the impression from the ending there would be a follow up story featuring Julian and the Dr. but the synopsis of book two sounds like its about an entirely different affair
Chris Wright
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I usually hate getting the train to work every morning and back every evening. The monotony can really snuff the life out of you. But I decided to read this book while on the train. It's the first time in the history of public transportation that I actually never wanted to reach my destination. I just wanted to keep reading on. I got hooked. There are plenty of page-turning twists that nearly made me miss my train stops. And NOT reading this book while walking to work was a conscious effort. The ...more
Peter Kazmaier
If I were to describe Joshua Grant’s Joshua Grant novel PANDORA in one line it would be: the movie ALIENS enacted on a cruise ship.

A cruise ship suddenly goes missing and then reappears one week later. All attempts to contact the ship fail and the ship’s owner dispatches his own security team ostensibly to see what’s happening before governments and the military takeover the investigation.

The investigating security team knows not only that something is seriously wrong with the ship, but also tha
Groovy Lee
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pandora is an engaging horror novel written by a talented author, Joshua Grant. His detail to character descriptions and surroundings makes it all vividly real. A cruise ship named the Emerald Rose has disappeared with all the vacationers aboard it. When it mysteriously reappears, there's nothing left but an evil creature named Watcher. A team is assembled to retrieve the ship and find out what happened. But of all the members that board it to find out, how many will survive?

It should be made i
Simon Nelson
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is creepy. The monster concepts were cool. I really like the last hundred pages particularly (reminds me of the early 90s horror films I used to love watching). The main characters seem one dimensional at times but ultimately it's a good read if you have the time ...more
Carole P. Roman
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Filled with suspense, Joshua Grant knows how to build a powerful story that will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat. Grant dives right into a story of a deadly cruise masterfully building both terror and tension as the plot unfolds. Mysterious Watchers are pitted against a hand-picked team who must unravel the mystery. The book moves fast, is vividly written and perfect for action-junkies.
Brenda Davies
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I shouldn't have read this, I'm about to go on a cruise holiday and I know I will be thinking about this book when I'm on the boat. On this cruise ship the passengers wind up dead because there are monsters on board. OMG, I know this is horror, I expected to be scared but it made me shiver with anticipation and gasp from the vivid descriptions.
The plot plays out like a film (it would make an excellent one) with plenty of action, twists and turns. The writing is descriptive and the characters re
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘And that’s not even the strangest part. There’s a survivor.’

Author Joshua Grant makes his literary debut with PANDORA – the first installment in a series, this being subtitled ‘File No. 1’, In addition to writing he is a teacher and works with children in churches and other environments. On his website he offers in an interview the following – ‘It’s funny to see people’s reactions when I tell them I write horror, especially when I’m working in the elementary school and church environments. They
Ashley Mehrens
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
It was like one of those explosion-filled action flicks that's short on plot and long in action sequences. Pandora had a really neat premise and an even neater potential plot. I do think some of that promise went unfulfilled though as the same sort of action sequence was reenacted over and over with the same few characters. I felt that the characters all fit your stereotypical molds, and the dialogue got almost cheesy at times. Both the plot and the dialogue got particularly cliche, almost amusi ...more
Mark Bierman
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You’ll never look at taking a cruise ship the same way again after reading this intensely action-packed and bone-chilling page turner! Pirates are far from the only threat on the high seas, some come from the waves, some from above, and some from beneath.
This book is Ghost Ship meets Aliens!
Joshua Grant delivers a great mixture of intriguing characters and juicy plot twists. I’m both an action/adventure and horror junkie who thoroughly enjoyed this read. I would highly recommend it to anyone w
Jolinar Elim
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Pandora because it was more than just a slasher or the run of the mill ghost story. It had a cool story that built toward some pretty neat twists. I felt like the action was done particularly well. It took a little bit to get into it at first, and there are a few repetitive parts, but the book rewards you if you're willing to stick with it. ...more
Charon Lloyd-Roberts
And this is probably the first time a horror book has made it into my favorites, as I could not put this book down. And I kind of want a sequel as Pandora was left rather open-ended and well from what I can tell this may be one of many books, well that's my hope anyway.

A summery for Pandora:

Shortly after retrieving a survivor from the ill-fated research vessel La Magia, cruise ship Emerald Rose mysteriously disappears. But evil isn’t content to stay lost forever. The ship reemerges a week later
Derek Jee
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this - I liked the characters that Josh developed. They weren't too cheesy and were believable. Horror can be difficult to write without it being over the top or even ridiculous. Josh got it just about right. I especially enjoyed the ending. ...more
Shanna Swenson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all horror fans
Review for Pandora by Joshua Grant

When I first read the blurb for Pandora, I knew that it was going to be the ideal read for me. I’m a huge fan of all things that go bump in the night and Josh Grant doesn’t disappoint! This tale had elements of the movies, The Thing, Event Horizon AND the video game Dead Space.

Set aboard a decimated cruise ship, the reader is automatically plunged into a heart-pounding thrill ride within the first few pages and simply reading the prologue, I was immediately dra
Isobel Blackthorn
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pandora is a solid horror novel. The set up is simple. When cruise ship Emerald Rose is sent to find survivors of the research vessel La Magia, they find only one survivor and he’s in a terrible state. Then, the Emerald Rose disappears for a week. Doctor Aubrey Pittenger and mercenary Julian Eduardo are sent with a team to investigate. To my mind, Pandora is Alien meets the Mary Celeste and is none the worse for that. Told from multiple points of view and packed with horror and suspense, Joshua ...more
David Kummer
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read any of Grant's work before, but this was a well-thought premise and the development of the suspense over the book's length was really interesting to read through. It took me about a week, but when I finished I was pleased to find a sequel waiting. You won't regret this purchase! ...more
Shaunsie Ramos
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not big on parasitic organisms but I was completely enthralled and couldn't stop reading. I found myself disgusted and intrigued by the Watcher's handy work. This book is Slither, Prometheus, Alien, and Life all rolled into one with a few twists and turns to make you sleep with one eye open. ...more
Ian Miller
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A horror. A cruise ship has gone missing, effectively having disappeared for a week, then it reappears, but no messages come from it. A team is sent out to find out what has happened, but there is an immediate problem in that their helicopter crashes, which means they have no obvious way off the ship. The passengers are missing, the ship's radios do not work, then bodies are found. Something is killing whatever it meets and is not letting information out. Can't go any further without spoiling, e ...more
Dick Heimbold
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
Pandora earns high marks for imagination as it weaves a world-threatening story into a clever novel. It has plenty of plot twists that accelerate as it draw to its catastrophic, human-life-in-the balance climax. The characters are well drawn with the history and personnel attributes of heroes Julian and Aubrey being satisfactorily described.

The main part of the story concerns a hand-picked rescue team that helicopters in to board a deadly cruise ship. The author uses the energy of the human spi
Sara Parker
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It took me on quite a ride. The plot is well-developed, and the narration is well-paced. The characters are dynamic, and there are several twists that obviously took careful planning. Many of the references are gold. My biggest complaint is purely editorial. There were missing commas and hyphens that made it a little difficult to interpret certain sentences. Otherwise, well done. Based on the ending, I assume this will be a series. I'll definitely keep an eye out for book #2 ...more
Stuart Aken
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imagination is a crucial element in any work of fiction, and here it reaches new heights, especially in terms of human ambition and the lengths some will travel to fulfil it.
This novel is a mix of horror, fantasy, science fiction, adventure and thriller. But, in merging the genres and developing a truly credible cast of characters, Joshua Grant has moved beyond all these genres into a truly engaging and thrilling story.
There are, inevitably it seems these days, a few editing glitches, but these
Sedona Hutton
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A research vessel goes missing and a cruise ship, the Emerald Rose, diverts to offer aid and it also vanishes. The cruise ship’s owner, tycoon Patrick Carver engages his security team, led by Julian Eduardo. Patrick asks Dr. Aubrey Pittenger to join the team. She’s hesitant at first, but he convinces her to accept after offering unlimited funds for her research to find a cure for the disease that took her daughter.

A romance quickly forms between Aubrey and Julian, but they have bigger issues to
Gauri Author
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joshua GrantPandora

The embarrassment of finding an obliterated vessel with only one survivor is described effectively by Joshua. The distress in Malcom’s mind is expressed beautifully by Joshua.

There is loads of horror, suspense and fast-paced action. The Emerald Rose is a cruise ship meant for spending vacation. A research vessel named "La Magia" goes missing and the Emerald Rose cruise ship offers help to search for this missing research vessel, but eventually the Emerald Rose also vanishes,
Damir Salkovic
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Leviathan meets John Carpenter's The Thing in this explosive sci-fi horror thriller. A band of corporate mercenaries are sent on a mission involving a (seemingly) abandoned cruise ship and a monstrous, indestructible antagonist. Looming over the plot is a sinister cult-like society, harkening back to a lost civilization. Joshua Grant does a great job in crafting believable characters and getting all the background across without slowing the breathless pace of Pandora for a moment. The ending wra ...more
Kayla Krantz
There are so many awesome points to touch down on that I’m not sure where to start. In this thrilling horror read by Joshua Grant we are introduced to a ship known as the Emerald Rose which mysteriously disappears. When it reappears, a team is sent in to decode exactly what evil is lurking there. However, they may have bitten off more than they can chew. The Emerald Rose is just the tip of the iceberg with the evil known as The Organization.

There are plenty of POV jumps in this story which means
E.D. Robson
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The centuries old and much visited tale of the ghost ship with something evil lurking on board waiting for unwary visitors is given a refreshing overhaul in this story. A rescue party of specialists are gathered to land on a deserted cruise ship by its owners, no sign of passengers or crew. They are met, as might be expected by something terrifying on their arrival. Whereas one might expect a slow lead into the action, with the relevant back stories of the group members being individually explai ...more
James Pyne
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Move over Stephen King, Joshua just kicked you to the curb. This is my kind of book and not just because the creature in this is unique -- I am serious -- no spoilers, but you got to check the book out for that reason alone and you will be glad you did because chances are good you won't put this book down.

Why is this my kind of book? It's a fast-spaced read, for thing. If you have a short attention span like me, you don't like long-winded passages going into boring detail either, well, Pandora
Andrea Merchak
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
When ‘Alien’ meets ‘The Thing’!

If you like Horror and Sci-Fi, you’ll definitely enjoy this story. The main characters endure hardships while trying to escape the terror inflicted by the ‘villain’. There are moments when you won’t know who the enemy is. But I can assure you, when the evil is made clear, it’ll scare the wits out of you!
Notably, the author donates 10% of this book’s profits to help fund ocean exploration. Maybe his passion for the ocean was an inspiration for the setting of this ho
Jeremy Jones
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The Love Child of Alien and the T-Virus Terrorise a Cruise Ship

Suitably creepy horror sci-fi with a hive-mind monster that has slimy masses of muscle, claws and teeth coming around every corner, charging through every dark hallway, dripping from the ceilings and, quite often, exploding from the corpses of recently deceased characters. His language is occasionally clunky and some of the dialogue feels cheesy at times but when it comes to the gory details (pun intended) the author paints a word pi
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Joshua Grant is a caring, hardworking chap who has had more than his fair share of adventure. He has survived a flash flood, encountered numerous bears, and sailed the ocean blue. Josh loves to read, write, play video games, and occasionally read up on the crazy science that’s happening in the world, but most of all he loves just getting people together to love, laugh, and grow alongside each othe ...more

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