Tag Archives: Steven Konkoly

Escaping Indianapolis


Kill Box

The gang’s all here and then some. Dr. Chang, Larsen, Emma & Jack, and David & Justin are hiding within NevoTech in downtown Indianapolis trying to access Chang’s research and get it to . . . who? Who is the $64k question. Someone wants Chang captured or killed because of his research. He is one of the few in his field that has studied the virus before it was unleashed in over 20 major cities across the US. Unbeknownst to the powers that be Chang has studied this new version of the virus and determined it has been weaponized. Who can he trust to give this information to? And, can he get his group to safety at the same time?

There are zombies everywhere. That is the best way to describe those infected with the weaponized virus. They are a murderous bunch attracted by the least little sound or at night, to light sources. Getting past them and the two quarantine zones are some of the challenges Chang and his group face trying to leave NevoTech.

Konkoly’s second novel in The Zulu Virus Chronicles, KILL BOX: A Post-Apocalyptic Pandemic Thriller, takes off running and never stops. There is a sense of urgency throughout the story to get out of the quarantine zone and hopefully, to safety away from those that caused this outbreak. The odds are not looking so good in that regard.

Even amongst all the chaos and confusion, Konkoly is able to interject some moments of levity. My favorite quote is “Yeah. I’m fine. But I’m taking up cross fit when this is over,” said Jack. “I didn’t realize the apocalypse would be this demanding.” Larsen continues to use his sarcastic wit to take the edge off and to defuse serious situations. And, even David is starting to add humor to his dialog.

This book is very well written. It grabs your attention immediately which makes it hard to put down. I do not like zombie books but will make an exception in this case. I like this book. I don’t like that it is full of zombies. That is a personal preference and in no way reflects upon Konkoly’s ability to spin a tale. I would dare say that this is one of the better books that he has written.

5 out of 5 stars.

The Lines Are Blurred Between Good And Evil


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Anatoly Reznikov is one slippery dude. Everyone who says that they want him dead really wants him. He is the deranged bioweapons scientist responsible for two attacks thus far. And, he has gone missing again but who sponsored this disappearance?

True America is in the White House and all bets are off on the president upholding former pardons for Sanderson’s Black Flagged program. Karl Berg’s recent demotion within the CIA is a testament to this major concern. Now, Karl finds himself and some of his friends on someone’s hit list.

The Petroviches are trying their best to disappear when Jessica receives some news she cannot ignore. She hopes that she will be able to bring closure to a particularly painful part of her past. As usual, nothing is as it seems and Daniel must stay even more vigilant.

All of this is connected in the most sinister of plots.

Konkoly’s fifth novel in The Black Flagged Series, Omega, will have you on the edge of your seat. This is a thrill ride like no other once you get past the introductory background material. The twists keep coming and they are all intertwined. Anything that can go wrong seems to figure out a way to do exactly that. It is hard for the players to stay up with, much less ahead of, those that would have them dispatched.

My heart was pounding time and time again as close calls were coming faster than the characters could keep up with them. The implications at the end are mind boggling and set you up for Konkoly’s newest series The Zulu Virus Chronicles. I can’t wait to see how these two series run parallel from here.

5 out of 5 stars.

There Must Be Some Way Out Of Here


Hot Zone Cover

We meet an entire cast of characters from diverse backgrounds whose lives will intertwine as a result of a maddening viral outbreak. Each of them will tell us their story as they seek to understand what is happening to the world around them. They will do whatever it takes to escape the city as it turns into a murderous chaos. This is a look at a pandemic in the making from the very start from the view of average citizens.

Konkoly’s first novel in the Zulu Virus Chronicles, Hot Zone, is a startling realistic drama that shows us what could easily happen in a major metropolitan area hit by a weaponized virus. Who released it and why? There are too many variables all pointing in a direction that is hard to believe, but with no other conclusion available.

The multiple storylines give it a very personal feel. As you get to know each of the characters you can feel their confusion and desperation. It is clear to me that this series is destined to be a bestseller.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Knowledge Can Be Dangerous



Nathan Fisher, his family, and their friend, David find themselves running from Cerberus in a fight for their lives. Caught in the middle of a war over water rights for the western states Fisher has information that could change everything. Will Fisher share this vital information or go into hiding – if he lives?

Konkoly’s second installment of the Fractured State Series, Rogue State, picks up immediately where the first novel ended. It is full of non-stop action and suspense. There is more development of the supporting characters. We get to see just how insidious the workings of Cerberus really are.

There is a lot of human emotion in this novel along with at least one laugh out loud moment. Konkoly easily combines black ops with everyday people. This has to be one of my favorite books written by this author. I highly recommend it.

5 out of 5 stars.

California, Preppers, & Black Ops!


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California, twenty years into the future, has enacted strict controls over the populace to conserve water and energy resources and can almost sustain itself. With its neighbors in the southwest suffering from droughts some of California’s citizens are pushing for secession to keep Washington from diverting their assets. This internal struggle has escalated into acts of violence and murder with each side blaming the other.

Konkoly delivers a blockbuster new series with Fractured State. This fast-paced thriller has you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The book is well written and edited. His ability to mix high tech, black ops situations with the human side of the story is flawless. The characters are well developed and the plot unravels with twists and turns to keep things interesting.

The story follows Nathan Fisher, a prepper, after he witnesses an act of sabotage. The perpetrators are desperate to cover their tracks at all costs. The Fishers must flee and go into hiding to stay alive. But, their pursuers do not give up – ever.

I strongly recommend this action-packed novel which will debut May 17, 2016. 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.


Long-Term Post Pandemic Survival


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Alex Fletcher and his family have been prepping for years. But, even they are not wholly prepared for the devastation that a new strain of influenza wreaks upon the world. This story focuses on the microcosm of a small neighborhood in Maine during the pandemic.

Konkoly’s first book in The Perseid Collapse Series, The Jakarta Pandemic, delivers a heart-wrenching tale of survival. It draws you in with real world situations and keeps you there with a solid plot and believable characters. You feel the struggles of the Fletchers and their friends as they try to stay alive and defend their neighborhood. Konkoly writes in such a way that you either love, hate or tolerate the characters.

This study in human interaction in the face of a long-term crisis is eye opening. It is not a prepper’s manual or a zombie book (thank goodness!). He addresses how quick drastic events change people. If nothing else, it should make you think about how you would deal with a most probable scenario. 5 out of 5 stars.

The new Tom Clancy


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Wow! I thought all was lost when Mr. Clancy passed and there would be no more Ryanverse books. But, Mr. Konkoly’s writing is as good if not better.

This book grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. The protagonist, David Petrovich, is a psychopathic assassin, which makes it hard for the reader to like him. He is trying to retire from the covert, special forces team he’s been a member of and leave his past behind. But, Sanderson blackmails him into completing one final mission.

Konkoly’s first book in the The Black Flagged Series, Black Flagged Alpha, is a well written black ops novel. There are many bad guys and no good guy. This fast paced, action thriller is filled with twists and the characters are believable. There is plenty of espionage and government agency overlap. And, as with many trilogies written today, there is a cliff hanger ending.

Even with all the characters, many with foreign names, and the technical detail, I highly recommend this book. 5 out of 5 stars.