Once a week I’ll be discussing a Book or Movie/TV Series I love. Or posting a submission from a reader/author about a movie or book in the horror or zombie genre. Sharing the love of a book or movie as if you were talking with a friend.
We continue with Book Chat and a review of a zombie novel.
The offering this week is an interesting zombie apocalypse story by D.J. Molles.
In a steel-and-lead encased bunker a Special Forces soldier waits on his final orders.
On the surface a bacterium has turned 90% of the population into hyper-aggressive predators.
Now Captain Lee Harden must leave the bunker and venture into the wasteland to rekindle a shattered America.
This is the first novel D.J. Molles’s bestselling series:
Book 1: The Remaining
Book 2: The Remaining: Aftermath
Book 3: The Remaining: Refugees
Book 4: The Remaining: Fractured
Book 5: The Remaining: Allegiance
Book 6: The Remaining: Extinction
Novella 1: The Remaining: Trust
Novella 2: The Remaining: Faith
This book was different than others I’ve read in the zombie genre. The main character, Lee, is a special operative for the government. His job – to stay safe & secure in a bunker during disasters. A bunker well supplied with a variety of supplies that would be needed if things go nuts in the outside world. His job would be to gather people and rebuild society. There are special operatives in each state; one for each just like him.
Lee has been called for training practices to the bunker, but his contact always told him to come topside in a day. Cabin fever sets in, but luckily he has a faithful companion, Tango, a German Shepard. This time the situation was an outbreak of FURY, a disease that makes people insane and violent. When he doesn’t hear from Frank his contact, for weeks, Lee decides to break the protocol of waiting a month before checking on the world above. Just a quick look-see on his surrounding area was his plan.
He gets attacked by a teen girl on his porch and it was a tough fight in spite of her emaciated condition. Crazy didn’t begin to explain her rabid behavior. Regretfully, Lee kills her and retreats back to his bunker. The next day, he is determined to check on his nearest neighbors. What he finds, horrifies Lee. The father slit his young daughter’s throat and then munched on his wife.
Lee saves a 12 year old boy next, and gradually keeps running into more people. He hooks up with a large group of survivors who have things pretty secure, but not totally. They are low on food and have few weapons and ammo. The group did not want to take on more survivors, even though they were kind to Lee and saved his butt from a brutal gang of survivors.
But Lee has a deuce up his sleeve. He knows where the government stashed bunkers of supplies survivors of a disaster would need to rebuild. Lee is accepted into the group due his perceived value, but everyone has a hard road ahead of them. The plaque victims are everywhere and had already broken into the compound after Lee arrived, and the rival gang is determined to take what little the survivors have.
There is a lot of action in this story; I didn’t want to give everything away. The characters are well-developed. Lee is an honorable soldier, determined to help society if he can. I liked the fact that not all the survivors were savage and only thought of themselves. I highly recommend this book as an addition to your zombie reads.