Scourge Ship

Desperate for funding, the CEO of a biotechnology company uses a cruise ship to perform a live test of a new bioweapon. Like many of its passengers, the refurbished Grand Decadence looks fancy on the outside but is broken on the inside. After the engines fail and the toilets stop working, the passengers experience a new level of misery they could not possibly have imagined. Their only hope is Martin Walker, a germaphobic doctor with a troubled marriage who must keep his family safe while battling his worst nightmare.

Editorial Reviews

Chambers infuses his novel with terrific dollops of medical science, wit, and bathroom humor (often literally), presenting audiences with a revenge blockbuster Stephen King would enjoy. Casual readers, however, should be warned that Chambers truly relishes crafting gross-out passages, including one at a buffet in which a vomiting woman “rotated from left to right as the torrent arced across the sneeze guards like a pressure wash.” Also impressive is the author’s pistonlike control over character development and pace; the better readers understand the horrendous Veronica and the odd Capt. Brooks, the faster they will turn pages to learn their fates. And because awful luck follows Martin throughout the ship (including fistfights and marital infidelity), know that the finale is a foul yet sublime missive to fans of raunch everywhere. A uniquely raw medical thriller, brimming with perfect comedic timing. – Kirkus Reviews


How a Simple Mantra Can Change Your Life

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? How many opportunities have you allowed to pass you by because you were too afraid to act? If you find that you hold yourself back due to mild fears or discomfort, try using this statement as your rallying cry: Act without fear!

Come on, John, that’s kind of stupid. How am I supposed to just eliminate my fears?

Okay, so I wasn’t being totally honest with the way I represented that. This isn’t a magical cure-all to prevent you from feeling any fear. The point here is to not let your fear prevent you from taking action. Sometimes we don’t even realize that fear is holding us back. Instead, we convince ourselves that the reason we chose not to do something that might better our lives is because we were too tired or just didn’t feel like it. This creates an illusion that we’ve made a perfectly rational choice.

When this happens to me, I remind myself to act without fear. Often times this provides enough of a mental jolt to get me over the hump and take action.

Sounds like bullshit to me.

I challenge you to give it a try in your own life and see how much more you can accomplish, and much less you procrastinate.

Worried about giving a presentation at work? Act without fear.

Nervous about calling that special someone? Act without fear.

Nervous about asking that special someone to help insert suppositories into your rectum because you’re constipated? Act without fear. Also, gross.

Note: This isn’t designed to combat major panic attacks (though you’re free to try it). That will be the subject of a different article. But for all other fears you may face, keep this weapon in the back of your mind deploy it whenever you need help battling your own inaction.