Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
White Water, Black Death by Shaun Ebelthite tells the story of the cruise ship, Seaborne Symphony, as it cruises across the Atlantic. Magazine editor Geneva Jones had been invited aboard to try to negotiate a lucrative advertising deal for her company, but what had initially started out as a pleasurable assignment soon turns into an investigation that no one had been expecting. First, a waitress meets a nasty end, and Geneva begins to look more deeply into what happened, refusing to heed the claims of the CEO that there is nothing to be concerned about. Formerly a journalist, Geneva smells a story, but then everyone starts getting sick and she learns of a terror threat to the ship, its crew, and its passengers. Torn between getting the scoop of her career and the welfare of others, it is soon just a matter of survival.
This story will be every cruise ship passenger’s worst nightmare. How easy it is to spread a deadly virus in a confined area. A good scenario with a good story arc and well-defined characters. From the captain to the CEO to the COO, and then Geneva herself, Aaron the stuttering adopted son, to dubious crew members, readers will find that no one is above suspicion. This is a fast-paced thriller that will have the reader on the edge of their seat. Nicely written, with lots of red herrings, and a cast suitable for an Agatha Christie mystery, writer Shaun Ebelthite has woven an intriguing tale for lovers of a good mystery.