Book Chat: End Time
The End Time saga Book 1
by Daniel Greene
The first in an exiting, adrenaline rushing series; kicking off in the Congo and ending in the United States.
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Protests in front of an embassy aren’t what they seem…
In the dark primal jungles of the Congo River basin, something is ravaging the local population. When protests turn violent in front of the US Embassy Kinshasa, only the foreign policy experts paid attention. Civil war erupts and people rip each other apart in the streets of the African capital.
In an effort to avert disaster and preserve its self-image, an overwhelmed US Department of State dispatches a team of elite counterterrorism agents to bring their besieged people back alive.
Mark Steele, a young agent within the Division, and his team of gritty operatives are used to trudging through the worst dregs that society has to offer, all while operating from the shadows. But Steele’s team is wading headfirst into a maelstrom of death so much worse than rebels in the streets.
A highly contagious microbe is spreading unchecked through the streets killing everyone in its wake only to bring them back again as the ravenous undead. Only a lone CDC virologist understands the extent of the outbreak at hand. He cowers amongst the embassy staff praying for extraction from the hands of death, fearing his part to play in the epidemic.
Follow this harrowing tale of survival, duty, love and horror as the living dead bring the world to its knees.
Dr. Joseph Jackowski is in the Congo researching a disease outbreak. While it looks like Monkeypox, but it is not. When he hears screams from the tent hospital, he is shocked to find patients tearing other patients apart and eating them. He escapes with Agent Nixon, a security officer sent to keep him safe. Once they reach the embassy, Joseph feels they are safe, until infected people attack outside.
Meanwhile, a tough team of Counter Terrorism agents are sent to escort doctors from the embassy to safety. Mark Steele is the leader; his partner/best friend is Mauser. Several others round up the team including Jarl, a fascinating character; a modern-day Viking looking, giant of a man.
After they secure everyone they can onto the plane, the team hopes for a smooth return home. But unbeknownst to them, an infected person has made it onboard among the passengers and starts attacking people. Chaos erupts, and a fierce fight for survival ensues. After landing, they discover zombies have taken over the airport, so unfortunately the disease has made it to the U.S. Escaping the plane, the team and survivors take shelter in an underground storage facility at the airport. Mark is not content to sit and wait; he must go look for his girlfriend Gwen.
Gwen is an adorable character, a very caring person. She goes through heck trying to escape the Metro system when the undead attack the trains. Gwen helps a terrified young woman and in turn is rescued by an Arabic man wielding a baseball bat to fend off the infected. Gwen convinces the two to go with her to the townhouse where she and Mark live, which is well-supplied with food and weapons. They fight off zombies and decide to seek safety in a house across the street, once the infected bust the front door open.
When Steele enters his home, he is horrified by the carnage. He finds a body of a young woman with blonde hair in their bedroom and is convinced it is Gwen. Mark gives up; sitting by the body, mourning. Mauser and the team reluctantly leave him, heading to a government bunker. When Gwen finds her lover in the house, it takes some sweet talk, but finally she wakes him up as to the reality of their situation. The small group head out after Mauser and the rest, seeking safety in the same government compound.
The author brings a very real sense of current danger in the world, with Counter Terrorism agents and doctors overseas trying to deal with diseases in a third world country. Grab your seat as characters encounter the deadly virus and the escalating terror that follows. Highly recommended for zombie and Daniel Greene fans
NOTE: Since this book was reviewed recently by Uncaged Book Reviews, my review will not be published in the emag.