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White Water, Black Death

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Magazine editor Geneva Jones has been sent on a trans-Atlantic cruise to help secure a major advertising agreement from the CEO of the cruise line Rachel Atkinson, but her efforts to win her over are curtailed by a mysterious crew death. Geneva suspects foul play. Rachel insists its suicide. A former investigative journalist, Geneva can’t resist digging deeper, but what ...more
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by J John Riley Books
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☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
I received an eARC from the Reads & Reels Blog Tour! Thanks Shanonnigans for this opportunity!
Wow what a thrilling and fantastic book! I give this book 4 out of 5 thrilling stars! While reading this book I was on the edge of my seat and so anxious to figure out what was going to happen next! The reason I am not giving this book 5 stars is because I was a bit confused in the beginning and wasn’t sure what was going on at first. This probably could have just been me but overall this was a
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Geneva was a cruise line magazine editor tasked with writing a glowing review of the anniversary voyage of the Seaborne line. She kept hitting snags in her story with the way the CEO, Rachel, and the COO, Richard, kept secrets and furtively moved around the ship, holding clandestine meetings and talking out of the left side of their mouths. The staff and crew seemed to be hiding something, but every ‘answer’ only led to more questions. Then a crew member ‘commits suicide’. Or did she? Well, the ...more
Darque  Dreamer
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
White Water, Black Death is a terrifying thriller. Germophobes beware! This one fast paced, unsettling, and full of intense chaos!

White Water, Black Death struck fear in my heart. I get motion sickness pretty easily, so a cruise has always been something I have avoided. I also have a degree in medical laboratory science, so the Ebola/contagion aspect of the story terrified me, along with the notion of being stuck on a cruise ship with a bunch of sick people!

Page one of this was absolutely
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This book has an intriguing premise - bioterrorism aboard a cruise ship - although I'd recommend not reading the book description on Goodreads which, in my opinion, gives far too much away about events in the book.

The opening scene is great, setting the scene for the action to follow. The idea of a confined space, an unknown culprit and a race against time are great ingredients for a thriller. The book is divided into sections, plotting the progress of events day by day and often hour by hour
Todd Simpson
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous novel. It’s always exciting to find a new Author that can grab your attention, with a thoroughly well written and entertaining story. Shaun Ebelthite has done a wonderful job in putting together quite an edgy and tense thriller. I really enjoyed that there were quite a few things happening on the ship, and this certainly added to the suspenseful plot. The Captain of the cruise ship Symphony, certainly had a dilemma in deciding if he should turn into the storm, to find a ...more
Didi Oviatt
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

I’d like to thank the Author as well as R&R Book Tours for the free copy of this book I received in exchange for an honest review.

There’s a lot going on with White Water Black Death by Shaun Ebelthite. Lots of characters, lots of complexities. It’s very fast paced, which I thought was awesome given the setting and tone. A few of the scenes were extremely unexpected, so the shock factor is really what kept me turning the pages rather than character attachment. I didn’t feel very
Chitra Iyer
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
White Water, Black Death by Shaun Ebelthite is a thriller based on a cruise ship. Now, cruise ships always interest me, it is indeed wonderful how everything of one’s needs and entertainment is gathered into a huge, moving vessel. I haven’t been in one yet but sure hope to check that off my bucket list some day. Well, at least that’s what I desired, but after reading this book, eh, not so much.

Okay, so the book begins with Geneva Jones, a magazine editor, being invited into a trans- Atlantic
Romi || Romi Reads
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies, ebooks
I was so intrigued by this book's blurb and I got what I wanted when I started reading it. And more. This book was full of everything that could possibly go wrong when hundreds of people are packed on a cruise ship. When something (like a murder or epidemic outbreak) goes wrong, you have nowhere to flee to. Sounds like the absolute nightmare!

After and while reading this book I got quite aware of the places that get used by lots of people in a day and don't get cleaned too often. Like hand rails
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Wow! What a thrilling book!

Be prepared to read this one in one sitting because you wont be able to put it down. It would break the spell. The action starts on the first few pages and doesn’t let up AT ALL!

Taking a cruise has never been on my list of things to do. The only time I’ve ever entertained the idea was when thinking about cruising through icy, arctic waters (I really want to go to Greenland one day). Honestly, the thought of spending a week in a tiny, lurching hotel room, holds zero
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Engrossing story

I really enjoyed this book. As a cruise fan, I could really imagine the ship. I will look for more of this author's work.
White Water, Black Death tackles the real possibility of a bio-terrorism attack aboard a cruise ship.

The book opens with the terrorist spreading his bodily fluids around the ship, under the guise of cleaning. His actions will lead to nine days of hell for many and a lifetime of loss for others.

The cast of characters is large, and this read is told from several POVs.

At first, I thought it extreme, but as the story unfolds, I understood it was necessary to not just see the drama through different
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
I must admit, I'm not one for sea stories.

However, there's a heck of a lot to recommend about White Water, Black Death. And a couple of things that could be better, to improve and elevate it - and then Shaun's work is going to be in the absolutely must read category.

The premise is, I felt, absolutely primeval. The unknown, unseen killer, remorseless, relentless and invisible - stalking, chasing, torturing and killing its victims in a confined, inescapable, confined space. Something we (surely)
Bona Fide Book Reviews
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first, I was convinced right along with the characters that there is a terrorist attack on the cruise ship, the Symphony. It opens with a janitor and it is obvious that he is unwell, especially when he vomits into his mop bucket and then continues cleaning. It’s very curious, not to mention beyond disgusting, that anyone would do this. Right off the bat, I thought this was a bad omen.

Geneva Jones, a past journalist and current editor of, is on board to get the biggest story
Vigilant Reader
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title – White Water, Black Death
Author – Shaun Ebelthite
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller.
284 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 11/10/2017
No. 66 - 2017

My Impressions: terrorist plot, diabolical, depressing, painful,

Main Characters:
Rachel Atkinson – CEO of Seaborne Cruises
Richard Wagner – COO of Seaborne Cruises
Aaron – Rachel’s adopted black son
Geneva Jones – Reporter for Cruise Critique Magazine
Sarah – Passenger with infant son.
Captain Nathan Warwick – Captain of the cruise ship
Jessica Bronder
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Geneva Jones works as an editor for She finds herself on board the Symphony. But something weird is happening. Whenever she asks Rachel Atkinson, the CEO of the cruise line, about the odd things she sees. Rachel skirts the subject and doesn’t give straight answers. Then there is the suicide of a crew member that sounds strangely made up. Then Geneva finds out what is really happening, there has been an outbreak of Ebola on the ship and Rachel has been trying to keep it quiet. ...more
Nia Ireland
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know when you read the premise of a book and just know it's going to be something you enjoy? Well, one sitting later and I knew this was that kind of book.

I'm not convinced that the synopsis of the book does it full justice though, it doesn't really hint at the fast paced action and intrigue that were the main hooks for me with this book. Events follow on from each other pretty quickly while you try to figure out exactly what's going on.

Geneva is a cruise journalist, paid to write fluff
Edward Etzkorn
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I really wanted to like this book, as the plot is compelling and the characters could be interesting. But the plot's development is so confusing and convoluted that it becomes tedious and the temptation to give up is very strong. There are too many characters, many of whose names are similar, which leads to further confusion. The author needs guidance in how to develop a plot without obstructing it with too many details. The number of spelling and grammatical errors is overwhelming, and almost ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Coming Dec 6th
Kim Lo
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
White Water, Black Death is a great suspenseful thriller that does a great job and building its story and pieces to make it both an intriguing and gripping reading experience. While it falls short in a few places, it still works effectively and incredibly well.
Stephanie Smith
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
White Water, Black Death was definitely an action-packed story! It takes place on a cruise ship which is full of lying and corrupt crew members, a deadly disease that is quickly spreading to passengers and crew alike, and a former investigative journalist that is determined to get the scoop! From the time a crew member goes overboard, followed by a daring rescue in the middle of a terrible storm, I was hooked! The story follows Geneva, Aaron and Sarah around the ship as they try to figure out ...more
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