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Friend or Foe?

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The Road To Hell cover     Sidney Bannister is still struggling to survive at a rural homestead outside of Liberal, Kansas. Her group was lucky enough to be accepted into the Carpenter fold over the winter so long as they agreed to help with spring planting. It is not time to become complacent though. Not only do they must stay vigilant to ward off the infected they now have to watch out for the Iranians who are making the local airport into their base. Who knows if they or friend or foe?

Parker’s novel is the sixth in the Five Roads to Texas series. The Road to Hell: Sidney’s Way continues Sidney’s story shortly after she gives birth to her son. To add to her street smarts Jake Murphy has been training her and the others in self-defense and the use of firearms. Her character is growing and maturing especially with the responsibility of motherhood.

The book was well edited. It is a fast read and full of action.

Even though the reason was explained I still find it hard to believe that the Army would waste the resources in an apocalyptic event such as this to track down a soldier who was AWOL.

5 out of 5 stars.

The Right Thing Gone Wrong

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Ryan Decker, a former CIA operative turned mercenary, is framed in a hostage rescue gone bad. Most of his team were either killed during the op or murdered shortly thereafter along with their families. After serving only part of his sentence Decker is mysteriously freed. With the help of private investigator, Harlow Mackenzie, he goes on a quest to find the truth.

Konkoly’s first novel in the Ryan Decker series, The Rescue, pulls out all the stops in this high-speed thrill ride. The character development is some of the best I’ve read. The story is so compelling that you cannot put it away. The hairpin twists will have you going “What!?!?”

Seems like everyone wants Decker dead. But, why? There are many layers to this story. Peeling back each one to reach the core is more exciting than a theme park ride.

5 out of 5 stars.

Relaxing Is Not An Option

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Nathen Owens and his ragtag adopted family have finally made it to the compound in Idaho. While those already ensconced in the redoubt are thrilled to have him home they quickly realize that they need to double up on their survival skills. The news Nathan brings about their journey across the country is grim. Danger is no longer out there somewhere, it is in their own backyard.

Watson’s and Allen’s fourth novel in the Dark Titan series, War Zone: Homefront is one of the best post-apocalyptic books I’ve read to date. It is witty, humorous, and frightening all at the same time. The story grabs you by the collar and never lets go. The levity interspersed with the dark reality of evil that has been unleashed upon the US is in perfect balance.

It was refreshing to see all the characters from the previous books in the series having retained their unique personalities. The new characters brought a new dimension to the story. Though Nathan is the protagonist, Emma quickly steals the show. She has everyone wrapped around her little finger.

Too bad I can’t give this book more than 5 stars as it certainly deserves it.

5 out of 5 stars.

Family Means Everything

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Morgan Carter’s life in the new reality never seems to settle into a comfortable rhythm. Almost always something ominous is on the horizon. With the Russian and Cuban invasion advancing nearby death follows. Unless the military steps up their game Morgan’s group isn’t going to be much more effective than slingshots against a hurricane. Yet, there are still a few silver linings to be found.

American’s tenth novel in The Survivalist Series, Home Coming is a little more sedate than many of the previous books. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of action. The feel is much more melancholy. The thrill of the fight seems to be subdued. I think it was supposed to be a feel-good story, but I didn’t get into that so much.

It is written somewhat different than the rest as part of it is told in the first person by Morgan. The switching back and forth within the same chapter takes a little to get used to. It was also a rather short book. I would have liked more.

**SPOILER ALERT** Some of the following commentary contains spoilers.

There were a couple of story arcs that went nowhere. The threat by those on the motorcycles was teased and then dropped. Lee Ann wanting to learn how to ride Jeff’s Harley never went anywhere. I’m hoping they are followed through in the next novel.

A ‘compare and contrast’ should to be discussed somewhere (a book club maybe?) about the mercy killings meted out in this book versus the killings of the unsustainables and undesirables in the companion series Charlie’s Requiem.

Ashley, aka Little Bit, discovers a baby squirrel and takes it on to raise as a pet. I find this very ironic since she probably shot its parents to add to the food needed by the group.

Overall, it was okay and probably a bridge to something greater.

3 out of 4 stars.

Escape From El Paso

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Sidney (Wagner) Bannister senses a great need to leave the shelter of Fort Bliss. Tensions are high among the refugees. Food is being rationed but won’t last much longer without bringing in supplies from far away warehouses. The land around the El Paso base isn’t suitable for growing crops. This isn’t the place where she wants to have her baby.

Parker’s novel, After the Roads: Sidney’s Way is the second book in the Five Roads to Texas series. The first novel was a compilation of stories by five different authors. Parkers book follows one path and that is of Sidney. It is very well written and edited. The story is riveting.

As with any story in this genre you expect to have blood, guts, and gore. This book goes beyond that and adds gross, nasty, and disgusting. It is most definitely for the mature of audiences. Areas of the most vile are brought to life. You have been forewarned.

There wasn’t as much Sidney as I expected. Sure, she’s scattered about here and there. But, the story goes into more depth with the other characters. The biggest complaint that I have is the stereotypical depiction of Carmen, a Puerto Rican woman.

Overall, it is a good book, and I am happy to endorse it.

5 out of 5 stars.

Can You Survive The Infected?

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Five Roads to Texas

After a previously unknown virus breaks out in major population centers throughout the US those uninfected seek refuge. Once the virus shows up in areas thought to be safe zones there seem to be few places left to escape. Texas offers the last hope. Or, does it?

Five authors with Phalanx Press have collaborated to bring you Five Roads To Texas. Each author contributes a group of folks trying to survive the outbreak as they travel to Texas. Each group comes from different parts of the US and are very diverse in their makeup.

Regardless of how it’s billed this is a zombie-type book. Though I do not care for zombie stories this was well written and one of the better edited. The only downside was that they often stayed with one set of characters too long. I often had to refresh my memory as they switched to a different set.

This is a very frank novel. It does not hold back in its language or graphic descriptions. It is not for the faint of heart. The pace is varied and moves along quite well. All the characters are well developed. The story has some lightheartedness as well as plenty of heartache.

I am looking forward to the breakout novels that will follow each of the groups separately.

4 out of 5 stars.

Government Misdirection

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Steven Bryant, his family, and friends are in a fight for their survival and that of their beloved pets, man’s best friend, their dogs. After a corrupted medical study goes viral chaos overtakes the country as everyone tries to save his or her dogs from euthanasia. But, why was this false report issued and with such great urgency? What is the ultimate goal of those that would cause such an upheaval?

Walker’s first novel, Canine Plague: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller is a refreshingly new entry into the apocalyptic genre. There are twists and turns and the ever-present government misdirection. When the lies and evil intents are exposed will the country fight back?

This book is obviously written by a highly educated person based upon the language used. It does not contain foul language but does have some violence.

For the most part, I loved this book. It showcased how a behind the scenes operation could easily be used to derail our constitutional liberties. The issues I had with the story are SPOILERS. So, stop reading now if you don’t want to know specifics about the book.

SPOILERS

The Kentucky Patriots have very good intentions to try and fight back against the State of Kentucky’s declaring of Martial Law. Their execution is very flawed. Taking out the power grid will cause many deaths of those whose health is dependent on medical devices run by electricity. Hospital generators will only be fueled for the short run and those within receiving critical care will surely die. Then those that need emergency care due to the violence from shortages and general mayhem will most likely die for lack of personnel showing up for work. In fact, this tactic is more of what I would expect from a terrorist group trying to overtake the populace.

Also, the KP wasn’t as sophisticated as the bragged to be. The lax OPSEC allowed a mole to uncover their plans and almost got them all killed.

Overall it is a good read and I would highly recommend it.

4 out of 5 stars.