Young Danny Mitchell's life seems to be falling apart. First his father died, then his mother moved them away from his life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to the small river town of Martins Ferry, Ohio. Yet when he finds his father's boyhood journal, things start looking up as he and some neighborhood kids begin exploring the haunts of his late father.
But Danny's life is about to get an even bigger shock. Barbas, one of The 88, has destructive plans for North America that will start in the Ohio Valley region, from Pittsburgh to Martins Ferry. Jealous of the other members of The 88 and hoping to unleash something worse than the rest, Barbas has brought Dr. Ramachandran into his confidence, an Indian scientist who conducted experiments on captured Pakistanis a decade ago and is now a hunted man. Together with Captain Merritt of The Black Hand, Barbas and Ramachandran release a mist that genetically alters humans at a physical level, changing them into strange human-insect hybrids that have the ability to spread this alteration to others.
As hordes of the changed victims spread across the Ohio Valley region and beyond, Danny and his friends, along with a few other unchanged people they meet along the way, struggle to maintain their humanity in a world gone weird.
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A wacky, zombie like, horror adventure
Zombies in Mid-America
Yes. It's a great story even though it leaves off on a cliff-hanger that's a real bummer. (I HATE cliffhangers). Think Stranger Things meets The Walking Dead but with less blood and grownup nastiness.
It's a light zombie story and although it doesn't bring to mind a particular book title, it does have a similar feel to the TV series Stranger Things with it's focus on a group of misfit kids and a villainous and obsessive military scientists.
Harrington is a competent narrator whose reading style brings depth to the story and, like most audio books, you can listen when it isn't convenient to read.
The kid focus did provide a few smiles and chuckles. It's not a tear-jerker or a belly laugher, but it's certainly has it's scary and amusing moments.
Well worth a listen. I haven't checked to see if there's a sequel, but I'm going to be very disappointed if I never find out what happens.
- Aurora Dawn