Book Chat: THEM Invasion: Zombie Apocalypse
The action-packed prequel to M.D. Massey’s THEM Paranormal Zombie Apocalypse Series…
Aidan is a war vet coping with PTSD by isolating himself from the world. After a violent encounter causes him to relapse, he retreats to the only place he feels safe–the deep wilderness of his family’s Hill Country ranch.
But when a surprise nuclear attack forces him from hiding, he finds the world he left behind to be a much different and more deadly place. Now to rescue his aging parents he must traverse a post-apocalyptic landscape populated by violent redneck looters, rogue military factions, and an army of hungry undead.
Aidan knows he’s in a race against the clock, because it’s only a matter of time before his parents’ home is overrun by the walking dead. Will he save them from the dead, or lose the last of his family to a world that’s slipped into chaos and madness?
I like 3rd person stories better than 1st person, but from the beginning pages of this book, I was grabbed by Aidan’s tale, and couldn’t put it down. The character speaks like a normal guy, reminding me of men I’ve known. As I read through the story, I saw there were paranormal elements creeping into the zombie plot line. But, I didn’t mind, because it was done in a way that made sense to me as a reader entrenched in Massey’s fantasy world.
Aidan is an honorable man, tough, but with a haunted past which includes PTSD. He is not afraid to forge forward even when he has panic attacks. Realizing he cannot rescue every person he runs across, he makes some tough decisions, just like triage in a battle field MASH unit. Aidan helps when he can and moves on if he can’t.
He is on a mission; to rescue his mom and dad who live outside Austin. Aidan was at his family cabin when everything went down, so he was protected. But now he wants to bring his parents back to the secure location.
Aidan runs across his parents inside a makeshift community. They have a big problem; a vampire sneaking in and grabbing people. The hero decides to go hunt the beast, after it kidnapped a little girl. It takes a lot to kill the monster and I see the setup coming for the future when Aidan becomes a vampire hunter. Which is a cool concept. The world is hard enough to survive in with zombies, and the vampires create more havoc.
I love it when I can tell the author was prior military, and all the soldiers encountered are not psychotic or being cruel for no good reason. I love it when the hero is a soldier and acts honorably during an apocalyptic event. So, for those who love these type stories, this is a great addition to your zombie disaster reads. I suggest zombie readers not be hardline about the paranormal elements and give this book a chance. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the April issue.