Book Chat: Surviving The Evacuation Book 1:

London (Volume 1)

A man with a broken leg must survive and escape a zombie infested London.

 

2013

 

Amazon

 

Blurb:

Zombies. The outbreak began in New York. Soon it had spread to the rest of the world. People were attacked, infected, and they died. Then they came back. No one is safe from the undead.

As anarchy and civil war took grip across the globe, Britain was quarantined. The British press was nationalised. Martial law, curfews and rationing were implemented. It wasn’t enough. An evacuation was planned. The inland towns and cities of the United Kingdom were to be evacuated to defensive enclaves being built around the coast, the Scottish Highlands, and in the Irish Republic.

 

Review:

This story is centered  around Bill, who though trapped in London, tries to escape the flood of undead unleashed by an infection. With a broken leg suffered right before the infection started, and London evacuated, he is stuck in his apartment. His friend, Jen, who is a part of the political scene, was supposed to send help. A car did show up outside, but the driver was killed, leaving Bill on his own.

Using London as the story setting was different and enjoyable, especially for me, since I lived in England 3 years. I really got the spiel about Bill and his desire for hot tea. It is a normal routine for Brits and one I picked up too.

It was interesting to watch Bill’s progress as he survives with a handicap. At first, he is terrified to even attempt going downstairs to see if the doors are locked. Gradually, he becomes stronger mentally and physically; searching the apartments downstairs for supplies and doing exercises to ready himself for the day he tries to escape London.

Bill doesn’t take long to adapt and become proficient at securing safe houses along his route, killing the infected, and learning to survive using various skills learned the hard way on his journey. He soon realizes his thought about floating down the Thames in a boat wont’ work; there are millions of undead behind barricades erected along the river.

Bill realizes his best bet may be a really secure new home, perhaps a castle with garden areas and a regular water source. He decides a monastery would fit the ticket; would be built of stone, maybe with a fence around the perimeter, and hopefully a well. After an exhausting, danger filled search, our hero finds just such a place. I was happy that Bill found a safe haven to survive and am hoping he will find others to bring into his special place.

Story written in a journal style reminiscent of Day by Day Armageddon Beyond Exile by J.L. Bourne. There are no conversation exchanges with other characters and very little contact with others, but still a gripping tale. Bill puts his thoughts down, hoping to figure out what went wrong and how he ended up stuck in a zombie infested London. Recommended for fans of zombie stories.

 

 

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