Grayson Dean is a hot-tempered Houston detective who loses everything and tries to rebuild his life as a prepper. Carlos Murtadha is a small-time gangbanger turned Islamic terrorist whose life goal is to destroy Dean. As the United States’ economy spirals out of control will the two archenemies continue their battle or be consumed by the impending downfall?
Jacks’ first novel in the Patriots and Infidels series, Islam Rising has two very different timelines which eventually intersect. Due to them not running simultaneously made the book quite confusing. Add to that over a dozen typos and confusing dialog and you get a story that is hard to read. Dean’s timeline is some eighteen years and drags on considerably. Murtadha’s timeline is twenty-two years and much more concise. The switching back and forth between the two could have been handled better.
I didn’t mind the shameless plugging of Jacks’ other novel about prepping mentioned several times throughout the book. It would have been nice if had referenced some others to give us a good starting point.
This book was published in December 2017 with no mention as to when book two will come out. I’ll give it a try to see if his style and editing have improved. If not, then I’m done.
3 out of 5 stars.
Tom Horn and what’s left of his intrepid crew continue their journey to find a hidden refuge. They have been unceremoniously kicked out of Stoney Creek based solely on misinformation about the death of the sheriff. Carlos Fox, a former hitman for the cartel, gave Tom his life back if he and his group stay clear of Clarksdale. They can’t go towards Prescott as the escaped convicts have taken over that area. So, that leaves Sedona. Will they find something close enough to scavenge from town and yet, remain undetected?
Newman’s second novel in the Post Apocalyptic Survival Fiction series, EMP Chaos in the Storm, tends to meander from topic to topic. The story is interesting and mentions many ways to scrounge up an existence in the new world.
Again, there are several plot holes and many typos. The book ends as though there may or may not be another but with no cliffhanger.
3 out of 5 stars.
Westley Flagg continues to tell us his story of survival with his grandparents on their farm after a CME has caused what is believed to be a nationwide or possibly worldwide blackout. Things haven’t really changed all that much on the farm. It’s the world around them that is devolving rather quickly.
Craven’s second novel in the Still Surviving series, All Dark expands upon Wes’ relationship with Jess while following the unspeakable actions of the horde living at the Crater of Diamonds. When he finds out that Jess’ group will do nothing more than watch as atrocities are committed he knows that he must do something on his own. And, that may put his life at risk.
While the story is intriguing Craven has so many typos and contextual errors it is distracting. All his books seem to be this way. I truly don’t understand why he doesn’t use an editor or at least a beta reading group to help him out.
3 out of 5 stars.
Sarah Washburn made it to El Paso and Ft. Bliss with her husband who was infected and her father-in-law only to have to go on the run again. Leaving her husband behind, she and her FIL seek refuge with the Ute tribe in Colorado. During the escape from Beaumont Medical Center, a member of her group takes a package left by Dr. Sanjay. Now, her entire group, as well as the inhabitants near Chimney Rock, are in grave danger from those that seek to recover the package.
Baker’s novel, Showdown At Chimney Rock, Sarah’s Run, is the fifth book in the Five Roads To Texas series. It wasn’t until I started writing this review and went to Amazon to get the complete title that I realized this was Sarah’s story. I felt the book was evenly divided among the characters at first. But, now that I think about it I can see that Sarah had a more defined story.
This is a very sad book in that so many good characters die and not by the hands of the zombies. In fact, the zombie role is almost a comical relief. The last chapter totally made the book and had me cheering.
4 out of 5 stars.
Book, Shadow, and Blaster are desperately trying to get Kristi and her kids to the sanctuary of their hidden retreat. Kristi’s sister and her family are the antitheses of everything the Rangers stand for. While they want the Rangers’ help they place a significant burden on everyone trying to advance to safety as quickly as possible. All around them society is devolving. Atrocities await them at every turn.
Watson, Allen, and Allen have come together once again for the second novel in the Stolen Liberty series with Chaos Reigns. The editing was far superior over the first book. The story was every bit as exciting. Thankfully, it did not make me cry. The characters in this story are growing and adapting to their new reality.
We were teased with a smattering of Pirate’s story down in Florida. I thought that what little information we received about him and his family could have been better dispersed within the book. I kept expecting more of that story. By the way this book ended, I expect the next will go into more detail regarding Pirate.
4 out of 5 stars.
Conor Maguire, aka the Mad Mick, has decided that the community needs to come together and help watch out for one another. While he is rallying the locals the boss of his daughter’s kidnappers is hunting him down. Seems he is none too happy about Conor killing his men. Will the folks around the mountain agree to ally with each other in time to stop this growing army?
Horton’s second novel in The Mad Mick Series, Masters of Mayhem is his best work thus far. It is so well written that it was able to bring out almost all my emotions. The pacing of the action is perfect. It’s a fast read and very hard to put down.
With the addition of some new characters that seem like that will be hanging around for a while I can see this series going for several more books. I am looking forward to the next installment.
5 out of 5 stars.
Charlie will have to dig deep to become part of a coordinated team fighting against the DHS thugs and their allies. The new kids on the block are the Chinese heading for the west coast and the Russians and Cubans coming up through Florida. Pockets of resistance are everywhere and slowly coming together to overthrow or at least put a hurting on the president’s draconian regime.
Browning’s and American’s fourth book in the Charlie’s Requiem series, Retribution, shows us what is happening outside of Charlie’s immediate area and how it impacts what direction the resistance must go. Having the Russians and Cubans side-by-side with DHS is a game changer. The resistance is outmanned and outgunned but has hope and determination.
The farther we get into this series the more it ties into American’s The Survivalist Series. I can’t wait until the two series crossover.
5 out of 5 stars.