Originally reviewed on https://thereadingseasons.wordpress.com, on 22 Jan 2018.
I will make every attempt to keep my book reviews spoiler free.
The first time I picked up this book, I got about seventy-five pages in and it just didn’t draw me in. I have discovered I tend to go through reading preference phases. I really have to be in the right frame of mind for a good zombie/post apocalyptic story. Additionally, the story did not pull me in right away. One of the lacking elements that was most obvious to me in the early story was the lack of character investment before several of the characters die. I found myself not caring at all about the death of these characters, or the main male protagonist struggling with the emotional trauma of those deaths.
However, when I came back to this book a few months later, I was ready for a zombie ride. I powered through the next hundred pages, which were a blur of action and entertainment. The story alternates between two major points of view. One an elite delta operator, Master Sergeant Beckham and the other a very high level CDC doctor, Kate Lovato. The mix is a bit new to me but I enjoyed the science as well as the run and gun aspects both contributed. I’m no scientist so I do not know how accurate the data provided is, but it is believable from a lay man’s perspective. The military aspect, to include shooting, ammunition, tactics and brotherhood were all superb! Nicholas Sansbury Smith shines in this department and my connection deepened with the main characters by the end and I was able to reflect on the early trauma and empathize with the misery it caused.
This book was a fantastic ride and I absolutely loved the nuanced detail sprinkled in everywhere. Various puzzle pieces to inform the reader how the United States is dealing with this terrifying virus. Not too much diversion from the story which might bog down the main plot but just enough to show the author really treated this with a top down thought process. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre.
Bravo Mr. Sansbury Smith, I have already started the second of the series and am about 100 pages in. I’m hooked and cannot wait to see where this ride takes me.