Book Chat: Slow Burn: Destroyer
Zombie fans buckle up as the excitement continues in the 3rd book of the Slow Burn series.
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.
Destroyer finds Zed saying goodbye to one friend and pressing forward with two new ones to whom we are introduced in Book 2 – Infected. Mandi, whom Zed and Murphy rescued from the bunker, is immune to the virus. Russell, whose home the others plundered in search of food and other supplies, is also a slow burn, but lower-functioning, childlike and docile. After seeing the carnage at the dormitory, a raging, vengeful Zed wants only to kaill Mark, his nemesis and the former leader of the ROTC squad. Since Mark has disappeared, Zed unleashes his fury on untold numbers of infected in his path as he makes his way back to the hospital, in an attempt to rescue Steph, a nurse whom he befriended while seeking help for the feverish Murphy shortly after the prison riot. But the brave medical staff, holed up on the tenth floor of the hospital, and running out of provisions, has decided to take matters in hand by exposing themselves to the virus, and shooting those who “turn.”
Zed decides to see if Steph, the nurse who was nice to him, is still alive in the hospital. He’s been chatting with her via text messages and the situation is dire. When he arrives, the problem is the place is surrounded by thousands of Whites. Our hero performs some really dangerous actions in order to kill many zombies and draw others away so he can enter the hospital. When he makes it to where the survivors are, Zed convinces them that escape is the only option. The Whites have been taking over floor by floor, led by smart zombies. These leaders are a new breed of intelligent undead, which may threaten the survival of humanity.
Zed is thrilled to find Steph alive and that she is immune. He meets Dalhover, a grumpy soldier who will become an important member of their group. The survivors of the hospital split up once they escape. Zed goes to get Russell, Mandi and Murphy, while the others will meet them at a family farm of one of the doctors. When they arrive on the outskirts of the farm, they are horrified by a new threat that wipes out the people inside the farmhouse. Thousands of Whites follow each other in a column, looking like a long snake. They are all naked and hairless; perhaps an evolutionary group think.
Zed leads his friends to a mansion he’d seen as a teen. True to what he remembered, it was a great sanctuary; with a tall wall encircling the property and no easy entry point to the house. It also offers off the grid luxuries such as hot water courtesy of solar power. Plus it has a fantastic monitoring security system, where they can see every corner of the grounds and house.
On one of their scavenging hunts, Zed and Murphy run across a large tourist boat anchored in the middle of the river and they make contact with three women residing onboard. At the end of the story, the group decide to allow 3 soldiers into the compound, but disaster strikes one of the friends. I hope he will be ok in book four.
You can see that things are beginning to steamroll with more trouble ahead for the brave group. Highly recommended for zombie fans and those following the Slow Burn series.
READ REVIEWS OF BOOK 1 & 2 OF THE SLOW BURN SERIES:
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the June issue.