Governments across the globe have failed to stop the spread of the Oni Agent. The biological weapon continues to wreak havoc. Those that are infected become abominations known as Skulls, a fate worse than death.
Captain Dominic Holland and Meredith Webb have made it to Fort Detrick. The Army base was once a bastion for America's biodefense. Now, swarms of hungry Skulls prowl outside the walls. With Fort Detrick's resources, Dom and Meredith think they may finally have a chance to slow the spread of the Oni Agent.
But with the United States military in disarray, the situation outside Detrick's walls grows bleaker. More and more civilians succumb to the Skulls - or become them. Dom leads a desperate mission to establish a safe zone for civilians fleeing the nightmarish creatures.
Despite this apocalyptic new world, Dom and the Hunters are determined to succeed. New threats and discoveries challenge them every step of the way. But they soon find potential help from an unlikely source...if they can survive long enough to receive it.
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I'm giving up on this series, Sadly.
The first half is decent, and maintains the momentum of the first book. Unfortunately, the further I got into the book, the more I found myself having to suspend belief. Not only that, but the events became predictable, and even a bit cliche.
Possibly. The first book was pretty good.
The Good: I feel the reader did a much better performance with this book, than the first. You can really tell he's comfortable with all the characters.The Bad:The author insists on using technical details like weapon model names, but unfortunately there are several instances where he uses the wrong terms, and I found it incredibly distracting.
Once you've established the equipment's name, you don't need to keep referring to it by it's designation. "Rifle" and "Pistol/Sidearm" are sufficient. Also, Rifles don't have "slides". He commonly refers to the slide on the rifle locking back when he meant to say the bolt of the rifle locked back because the weapon was out of ammo.
If you're going to use the technical terms, it's best you research the actual equipment so you don't make errors like this.
Also, the whole Helicopter/Goliath fight is woefully hammy and unrealistic. (Beyond the obvious suspense in belief of Humans turned scary monsters) The helicopter would have fallen the ~6 stories to the ground in seconds. Also, the Helicopter he painstakingly tries to describe, the AW-109 could easily carry the weight of the crew, team, AND Goliath. It's a Multi-engine craft designed to fly in High altitude and Harsh environments.
I forgave the whole "FADEC Failure" and Crash landing from the first book. In Reality, the FADEC system on the AW109, has a redundant computer to Mitigate this exact situation. (The chance of both ECUs going out at the same time without being irreparable is next to nil). This point isn't common knowledge, but that's multiple errors in the subject matter. (It's perfectly fine not to know. The trick is to be vague on the details. The more specific you are, the more I expect you to be correct.)
A good friend of mine has a great philosophy when it comes to these situations. Don't tell me what you know-- SHOW me what you know. Big difference.
The first half, yes. Once the second Goliath and James enter the story, No.
The author has a creative spark, but this book is a bit rough. I'm willing to give the author another shot (with another series), but I'm just not comfortable enough with the current series to continue.
Even better than the first one. Loved it!
- Lola B.