Escaping Indianapolis

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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.

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The Second Civil War

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Revolution 2050

**Expected publication March 2018**

Samuel Aden Moore is a high school teacher for the North American Commonwealth. The NAC is a totalitarian regime that controls the eastern half of the US. Sam is a member of the Directorate which rules the NAC. He has always followed the party line while enjoying some of the forbidden contraband, such as novels and history books.

When some of his students introduced him to the ideology of the Western Alliance his resolve to remain an arm of the Directorate starts to crack. Then Katie Spenser provides him a short-wave radio where he can listen to the WA broadcasts. She also has a video of the death camps run by the NAC. Now, Sam questions everything he has been taught.

Chalk’s novel, Revolution 2050, caught me hook, link, and sinker right off the bat. I dove eagerly into this book and rapidly consumed Part 1. Part 2 was the total opposite. It was long and boring. Chalk even delved into the paranormal here. This section could have easily been condensed into a couple of chapters or for the most part cut completely out of the book. Part 3 recaptured my interest but not to the level as the beginning. The ending left the story wide open to a sequel.

Watching Sam struggle with his morality and grow into a leader was well written. The overall storyline is very original. The similarities with many things happening currently in our real world are eerily concerning. This novel certainly proves Edmund Burke’s quote – “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

A good editor is needed to clean up and streamline the story. The middle punched the air out of my balloon. Therefore, I am unable to give more than 3 out of 5 stars.

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free from the publisher. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It’s Not Yours

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Grace Hardwick has managed to travel from her college campus in Oxford, Mississippi to Arthur Bridges’ compound in the mountains of north Georgia. She fled towards home with the supplies and equipment her father had cached for her in a storage facility near the campus. After the coordinated terrorists’ attacks throughout the country, it was imperative that Grace gets home as soon as possible. Her trip has been anything easy and her survival skills have been put to the test more often than not. Along the way, she has teamed up with Tom Brady and his mother, Sonyea. Her father, Robert, has traveled to the compound and plans to help her along with Tom and Sonyea back to their homestead outside of Damascus, Virginia.

When the group decides to split up and send Grace and Tom ahead all hell breaks loose. The Hardwick farm though somewhat isolated has some unexpected unsavory guests wreak havoc on the others in Grace’s family. The Bridges’ compound comes under attack causing a delay in Robert and Sonyea leaving. Grace and Tom run into a ragtag group of stranded hikers that open fire. It seems that fate is keeping everyone apart and their lives in peril.

Horton’s second novel in The Locker Nine Series, Grace Under Fire, is a fast-paced, action-packed, post-apocalyptic dystopian. (Say that three times as fast as you can. LOL) Each of the places is described in enough detail that it is easy to picture them. There are more moving parts to this book than the first and many more characters. It almost became too many to keep up with at times. The budding romance between Grace and Tom adds a sweet relief to all the tragedy happening around them.

This book grabbed my attention right away and kept me tied to the story. I hated to put it down and it ended too soon. I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment.

4 out of 5 stars.

Twisted Sister

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Grey Sky Blues

Inspector Sullivan is suspicious when he is called upon to take his team to a prison located on a desolate moon. They are asked to investigate murders that appear to be unrelated other than the lack of motive and evidence. The penal system has its own internal investigators. So why pull the Inspector off-world to usurp their authority?

The gang leaders within the prison are nervous about these murders as they weren’t sanctioned by any of them. For you see, even though there are gangs they still have a code of conduct to which they adhere. And, the thought of an outside investigation happening on their turf challenges their ability to control the prison.

Markeson, Sully’s immediate supervisor is thrilled to send the team off-world. Sarah, the clone with enhanced abilities always makes him nervous. Being a dirty cop and having incorruptible staff snooping around is an annoyance he is happy to relieve himself of even for a short period of time. Who knows? Prisons are dangerous places. Accidents happen.

Sivils’ third novel in the Inspector Thomas Sullivan series, Grey Sky Blues does not disappoint. The writing has become more complex as the supporting characters personalities are expanded. Sivils peppers just enough clues throughout to keep you guessing without losing interest. One could read this book as a standalone since there is enough information about the past intermingled along the way.

Sarah’s past was explored in more depth and it was nice to see her character evolve and mature. We also find out much more about Father Nathan. He isn’t officially part of the team but is called to the prison on business at the same time as Sully. And, Bones, the coroner, is becoming more than a background character. Detective Sergeant Josephson really surprised me with how quickly he has mirrored Sully’s techniques.

Without a doubt, this is the best in the series thus far. The ending was a complete surprise and opens a world of possible sequels. Sivils can’t write fast enough! I am hungry for more.

5 out of 5 stars.

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

It Died A Painful Death

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Henry Stein is living a life of lies, of secrets, of regrets. Before him now is the toughest decision he has ever faced. He must choose between Israel where he currently lives and has served in the military or England where he was born and raised and became a member of MI6.

Latz’s novel, I Am Not a Traitor, is an international spy thriller. The pace is very slow. It starts with Henry imprisoned suspected of treason against Israel. And, it drags on from there. There is no predictability with the story as I lost interest by chapter 13.

The writing is good. It’s the storytelling that is painful. The first 10 chapters are of him being interrogated repeatedly. Very little is revealed during this time. It had potential.

2 out of 5 stars.

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

Is it time to cut your losses?

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*****RELEASES NOVEMBER 14, 2017*****

Mark Bishop has options to weigh and life and death struggles to deal with. Part way through their move from Idaho to Colorado the Osprey went down in blizzard conditions. Those with loved ones on that bird are pleading with him to mount a search and rescue. But, where would they even begin to look? They have no coordinates, the weather continues to deteriorate, and life in the silo is far from stable.

Back in Idaho Jax knows that staying there will be the death of all who remain. He is willing to lead anyone who dares to go on a suicide journey at best in the direction of Colorado in hopes of making it to the silo. Knowing the Osprey has gone down they have no other option if they hope to survive.

There are so many questions surrounding the loss of the Osprey. Did it crash and kill all aboard? If there were survivors, how long will they make it before succumbing to the elements?

Shaw’s third novel in The Surrender the Sun series, Point of No Return: A Post Apocalyptic Dystopian Thriller, showcases the worst possible scenario for those caught in the new world of the Maunder Minimum. Mother nature pities no one. If it can happen, it will and it won’t be pleasant.

The world building in this series is so well done that I was cold! The covers make me shudder. The way this novel ended was clear that Shaw means to finish here. But, I can easily imagine ways to continue the series if her fans ask it of her.

I loved the way that she made Jax appear to be a hard-hearted bastard when he really has a heart of gold. I think I like him even more so than Bishop. His backstory is bound to be fascinating. (hint, hint)

On a side note – Jet!

If you enjoyed the first two books in this series, you won’t be disappointed with this one at all.

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.

Is This The Last Battle?

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*****RELEASES OCTOBER 30, 2017*****

Marcus Battle had hoped that residing in what was left of the small town of Baird, Texas as their sheriff would lead to a peaceful coexistence with the post-apocalyptic world south of the wall. His past decided otherwise. It followed him with a larger than life profile of the man who wanted only to be left alone. Some called him ‘Mad Max’ and a legend was born. They came from far and wide, alone or in small groups, to challenge Battle in a duel. They seek fame and fortune in hopes of being the one that bested Marcus. Many tried and all failed.

Meanwhile, something is brewing north of the wall in the area reclaimed by the government. A storm is coming. A storm worse than the Scourge. A storm that could bring a second apocalypse. And, it’s headed towards Texas.

Marcus is growing weary. He’s older now. His body reminds him of all his past transgressions. Death seems to follow him wherever he goes. All he wants is to live a quiet life away from his past. Will this new threat finally be his downfall or will he walk away from it and everything else forever?

Abrahams’ fifth novel in The Traveler series, Battle: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure, follows Marcus in the waning years of his life. He has loved and lost it all twice. Twice as many as any man should have to bear. He lives on the edge of insanity. He is reckless and cunning. But, is his time running out?

Life appears to be back to normal north of the wall. There is electricity, clean water, and jobs. But, looks can be deceiving. What is the price one must pay to enjoy all those things? And, who decides? Is life really any different north of the wall?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever read. “Marcus, however, was not the skilled thrower that Lou was, and the handle hit the guard instead of the blade. It bounced harmlessly to the ground.” I found that to be hilarious especially since the scene itself was so intense. You’ll have to read the book to fully appreciate how funny that really is.

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.