Book Chat: Surviving The Evacuation

Book 3: Family

by Frank Tayell

The 3rd book in the saga of survivors of a zombie apocalypse set in the UK.

MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.





Three months after escaping from London, Bill discovers the true extent of the global war that followed the outbreak. Most of the world has been destroyed, but there is a safe haven in a small village on the Irish coast.

When he is told of the sanctuary awaiting them, he also discovers that the scientist who created the virus escaped from New York. In order for any of them to ever truly be safe, Bill will have to head north to confront the man, discover the truth behind the outbreak and finally choose between his old family and his new one.


The story of George and the nursing home residents introduced in Book 2 is concluded in Book 3. George is handicapped by age and health issues, but struggles to help the few remaining residents to survive. Although this portion was only a few chapters, it was the most interesting part of the novel to me.

The next section we pick up with Bill’s journey, as he and several others are trying to make their way to the Irish coast, rumored to be a safe zone. Bill and his friends use a boat to navigate past most zombies. At one point they must use bikes and then vehicles for the journey. There are many encounters with the undead and Bill has gotten much better at killing them.

The group is on the trail of Stewart, who kidnapped baby Daisy and Annette in the last book. Finally tracking them down, a fierce fight ensues; the youngsters are reunited with Bill and his friends.

An exciting part, was when a horde composed of millions of the undead, were headed toward the group. Bill remembered a tunnel nearby that had been closed off and thankfully they found it so. They needed a place that the zombies couldn’t trample underfoot and where Daisy’s cries wouldn’t be heard. It was frightening when they emerged and saw the devastated landscape. No one would have survived if they had hid in a building, for no structures were left standing after the horde passed.

At the end, Bill tracks down the scientist who started the apocalypse. When inventing the virus, the man had noble intentions. Let’s call it “false positive” results; the outcome ended disastrously, creating monsters. The scientist was kept locked up – he had gone insane, and Bill no longer feels the need to kill the man who started the zombie outbreak.

After reading three books in this series, I still don’t understand why Bill blames himself for his part in the evacuation plan. In a disaster things fall apart and shouldn’t be expected to go exactly as planned…that’s my take. While this book has some worthy parts, it is not enough for me to finish the series. I highly recommend the first book as a standalone read. It was very interesting, with Bill surviving an overrun London with a broken leg.


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NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the February issue.