Book Chat: The Hunt Chronicles

Volume 1 Awakening

First in a zombie series with a less than heroic main character that I came to love!

 

2015

Amazon

Blurb:

A mysterious contagion circles the globe in less than a week. Billions die, only to rise again to feast on the living. Zombies… And they are not the worst monsters to rise from the ashes of humanity. A new species is born, and they stand at the top of the food chain. Christian fights to survive in the first days of The Awakening. But there is more to him than anyone knows. He is immune to the infection, but revealing this may lead to his death. The Awakening is the first Chronicle of Christian Hunt and the heroes that sacrificed everything so his gift may save what remains of mankind. Join the Hunt…

Review:

At first this may seem just another zombie story; infection, zombies & survivor heroes. Yep, there are those. But, it’s a bit of a different tale. The main thrust of the story is about Christian, the main character. Let’s take a closer look at our hero.

He is drifting through life, not knowing what he wants to do. He is a loser. Christian was in the military and served as a supply clerk. He didn’t get involved in fighting and nor did he want to while stationed overseas. He is a coward.

Christian survived for 3 reasons: One, being a coward; two, supply experience; three, pure luck. Being a coward, he thinks about his survival in detail. He “looks ahead”, trying to figure out how to escape the zombies’ attention and stay safe. Because he was a supply person, he knows how to organize and consider items he may need for survival. Lady luck was on his side several times in helping him evade being eaten, and the best luck came when he met a tough survivalist. Veteran, Fish, reluctantly takes Christian under his wing, trying to teach him real survival skills.

Another important element is the fact that Christian did get bitten when he fought off his first zombie. He was surprised when he didn’t die or turn. Christian is terrified to share this knowledge with Fish and the other survivors they hook up with later, because any person bitten by an infected is shot. Besides, Christian wonders if he may ultimately change; perhaps his infection was slowed by the actions he took to cleanse the wound. After he treats a fellow survivor with the same process and she does turn into a zombie, Christian begins to think he is immune.

I have to say, I love strong heroes, especially those with good military survival skills. I didn’t know if I would like this story or Christian as I started reading about this coward. But, I quickly got won over. Christian does slowly start to change. At first he runs from confrontations or doesn’t know what to do to help people. But in spite of shaking in his boots, later he jumps into fights.  For those like me, who love a heroic character give this ordinary guy with a Cowardly Lion personality a chance. I think you’ll end up liking him. The story was a very enjoyable read and I recommend it to zombie lovers.

Note: I read the sequel Revelations and I’m happy to report that Christian has turned into a    bad-ass fighter.

 

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