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‘The Outbreak’: The Follow-Up To ‘For Those In Peril On The Sea’ Available From 21st July 2014

23 May

The Outbreak Cover Design

The Outbreak Cover Design

I received the edited and proof-read copy of my next novel, The Outbreak, from my editor (thanks Gale) earlier this week, and I spent yesterday and this morning going through all her edits (so I can avoid making the same mistakes in the future!) and dealing with her comments. This meant that by the lunchtime today, and after something like 18 months and 14 drafts, I had what is the final version of manuscript. This has now been sent off to create the galley proofs which will be independently read through by four or five people to catch any remaining typos before it will be ready for publication.

This means I’m finally in the home stretch for releasing what will be the second book in the For Those In Peril series, and I can finally announce the publication date, which will be the 21st of July 2014. This will be the date that both the paperback and the Kindle ebook will be released and so will be available for purchase. However, I should have advance copies which I will be sending out to potential reviewers and bookshops around the 21st of June. Once I know the exact date, I’ll be running a competition on this blog to giveaway some signed, advanced copies, so if you are interested in reading this book before its general release, watch this space.

While this book is set in the same post-apocalyptic world as For Those In Peril On The Sea, it features a new set of characters and explores what it’s like to be in a city as the Haitian Rabies Virus rips through it. Temporally, The Outbreak runs in parallel with the first part of For Those In Peril On The Sea and provides a different perspective on what is happening in this fictitious world. While I know many will be champing at the bit to find out what happens next to the characters in the first book, I felt I needed to tell this story before I could do that. This is because the characters in For Those In Peril On The Sea and The Outbreak will come together in the third book when their story lines finally collide.

To give you an idea of what The Outbreak is all about, here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

He was only in the city to meet an old friend, but within hours of his return, Ben’s running for his life …

As the world watches in horror, Miami falls to the infected, and with it America. Britain seals its borders hoping to prevent the newly-mutated Haitian Rabies Virus reaching its shores, but it’s too late. Somewhere in Glasgow is the man who started it all and coursing through his veins is the virus he accidentally created. When he finally turns, the city doesn’t stand a chance.

Minutes later, a small group of survivors find themselves trapped between the ever-increasing hordes of infected and the soldiers seeking to contain them. The roads are barricaded, the skies patrolled, and the only way out is the river which the leads from the heart of the city to the safety of the sea.

About The Author: In his debut novel, For Those In Peril On The Sea, Colin M. Drysdale focussed on four strangers thrown together by chance on a small boat with no hope of ever returning to land. In this, the second book in the For Those In Peril series, and starting in his native Glasgow, he explores how another group of survivors reacts as their world falls apart around them.

Now this book is finally out of the way, I’m starting to turn my attention to the third book in the series. This has the working title of The Island At The End Of The World, and I’m looking forward to revisiting Rob, CJ and the others from the first book, and seeing what happens to them when they finally reach their intended destination (if you’ve read For Those In Peril On The Sea, you’ll know where I’m meaning). I’m also looking forward to working with the characters from the second book again too. In fact, there’s a couple of the characters from this second book which I’ve really become quite attached to, and I really want to find out what they’re going to do next.

As well as starting work on the third book, the next couple of months will be spent creating a companion website for The Outbreak, doing some publicity and running a few promotions here and there so it will be a busy time. It doesn’t help that I’m also rolling out some merchandise for the For Those In Peril series which will consist of t shirts, hoodies and other clothing based on some custom designs I’ve been creating over the few weeks (the first ‘proofs’ of these designs arrived in the mail today and look great!), but more of that later.

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.