Brandt Evans is floundering. Leadership of their dysfunctional group wasn’t something he asked for or wanted. Their problems are numerous: Remy Angellette is grief-stricken and suicidal, Gray Carter is distant and reclusive, and Cade Alton is near death. And things only get worse.
While Brandt and Gray are on the hunt for supplies, a still-recovering Cade is kidnapped by a militant group of survivors. On Brandt’s return, he’s told of a conspiracy involving test subjects, pathogens, and CDC doctors.
Brandt’s race to save Cade takes him back to the dangerous streets of Atlanta, where not all is as it seems. And with a horde of infected closing in and the rescue mission in jeopardy he comes tantalizingly close to a cure that might save what’s left of humanity from the ravages of the Michaluk Virus.
After the events at Ground Zero, the survivors of the Michaluk Virus are barely hanging on to each other and to themselves. Brandt Evans inhabits his role as leader uncomfortably, and when one of his group members is kidnapped, he discovers a conspiracy involving test subjects and Center for Disease Control researchers. Two-time AudioFile Earphones Award winner Christian Rummel shows off his versatility with his character voices - each individual is portrayed so vividly that listeners will have no trouble imagining what the characters are really thinking, regardless of what they're saying.
"Fast zombies become slow zombies become kick-ass." (Peter Clines, author of Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots)
"From the chilling opening scenes to the tension-filled climax, Jessica Meigs has crafted a story that reminded me that zombies are really scary." (Kevin J. Burke, author of The Last Mailman)
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after 2 so so books, a satisfying conclusion
at the end of book 2, remy, gray, and ethan are fleeing with cade, who was wounded by a sniper. all of them thinking ethan died at the hands and teeth of the infected, having bought them time to escape. book 2 closes with ethan waking up at the westin hotel, still alive. his mysterious savior, alicia, informs him that he's alive but infected and that the medicine she gave him is not a cure. alicia wants to know where brandt is b/c his blood may contain the cure.
book 3 opens 4 weeks after the events in book2. brandt, remy, and gray have found a safe house for cade to recover at. after a few weeks of close calls, cade is finally awake and able to move around. ethan has been getting to know his surroundings AND alicia. so i don't spoil things, all i'll say is alicia was part of the team at the cdc when TSHTF. using her wiles, she extracts info from ethan about brandt and the rest of his group. using a map secretly taken from ethan's bag, alicia notifies ethan that she's putting a team together to look for brandt and the rest his group. ethan violently protests and demands to go with her, but alicia tells him that he's not psychologically ready as evidenced by his outburst. alicia reminds him that even though he's still alive, the michaluck virus has side effects, such as rage, as he just evinced. to further calm ethan down and placate him, alicia tells him that she's leaving him in charge of the 300+ survivors holed up in the westin.
don't worry! i haven't revealed too much! that's just the first few minutes.
elsewhere, brandt and gray are getting ready for an extended run to hunt for supplies. while they're away, alicia and her goons storm the safe house, looking for brandt. instead, they find cade and remy in an intimate moment. NO! not that kind of moment. LOL brandt and gray come back and find a bloodbath.
back at the westin, ethan's more of a superintendent than anything else, helping people and listening to their gripes. then a mysterious girl introduces herself and tells ethan about what's really going on at the westin. from then on it's a sprint to the end!
of the 3 books, this one is definitely the best! the cause of the outbreak is finally explained. although it's not very original, it suffices. there are bittersweet reunions and heartbreaking sacrifices that added to my enjoyment of the story. i like it when authors have the gravitas to kill off characters, especially in worthwhile ways! sorry! no spoilers! LOL
there is a lot more action in this book. finally, the author uses the power of a zombie hoard to effect.
overall, i liked this book. i just finished it, so i might be liking it more than i think, especially since i was frustrated and annoyed with the first 2 books. if you're interested in why and why i downloaded this book, please read my reviews of the first 2 books.
if you've read the previous 2 books and decided to give up, give this book a try. if i didn't find it as an enjoyable AND satisfying conclusion, then i would've wrote a scathing review, warning you to stay away.
if you're still reading...LOL...my one caveat is that we STILL don't know why some zombies are smart! is that an oxymoron? a smart zombie? come on jessica! i want to know why! you can email me! LOL
- Mike Naka
Effective and enjoyable continuation of the series