Book Chat: Before Safe Haven: Mike

by Christopher Artinian

Mike is a young man determined to keep his family safe, no matter that a zombie apocalypse is invading Britain.

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Trapped in a corrupt hellhole with thieves, sadists and killers, Mike didn’t think things could get any worse. He was wrong. When everyone around him opted to do the easy thing, he chose to do the right thing. He chose to stand up.

Several years on, and a new Hell has found him. A virus has infected billions all over the world, turning its victims into vicious zombies. The UK and Ireland have remained uninfected…until now.

Lawlessness threatens to take over the streets as the government does everything it can to keep control. With the city in lockdown and every resource stretched to breaking point, Mike finds himself in familiar territory.

The stakes could not be higher as Mike has to fight for his family’s very survival. His greatest weapon is the will to do anything for the ones he loves, but will that be enough?


As Mike is sent to Juvenile Detention for beating a priest, it looks bad.  But then when you understand his reason; maybe not. The priest told his young preteen brother that his recently deceased mother wasn’t going to heaven.

He finds the youth prison is corrupt. Cole, an inmate, is the brother of a gangster on the outside. He runs things – from selling drugs to the kids – to physical and sexual abuse by him and his buddies. Mike can’t turn a blind eye. He was abused by his father, until he got big enough to take him on, and he hates bullies. He comes up with a brilliant plan to take down Cole and the staff in cahoots with him.

Some time later, we see Mike after being released, as the world is overwhelmed by a deadly virus and the UK takes steps to keep their land safe. Mike’s confrontation with thugs intent on raping a woman shows us his conscious hasn’t faltered. Right is right to him.  It’s not long before Mike is involved in another fray, this time with thieves robbing a local convenience store.  As with the previous jerks, he makes short order of them. Mike hits hard and fast, taking down opponents before they can beat him down or kill him.

The story is chronological with large gaps in time, showing the progression of the plague; how people and the government are coping. This was well thought out and interesting. We delve into Mike’s world before the apocalypse erupted and directly after. We see a physically strong older teen with a tenacious sense of right and wrong. There is no gray area for Mike; everything is black and white. Hence, the 20 year old we get to know in Safe Haven, is an extension of the youth, but with more hard circumstances thrust into his world. Plus, we see how Mike takes care of his family no matter what is thrown his way.

If you’ve read Safe Haven and liked Mike, I’d recommend reading this book so you get a more in-depth study of his character. I read Lucy and Safe Haven before reading this story, and I admired Mike in both, now even more. I look forward to reading more in the series. Recommended for zombie fans and those following Christian Artinian’s novels.





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