In a nutshell, it’s hard to crank out a good story in a genre that is pretty full already, and populated with such excellent content as The Walking Dead and other top-notch offerings. This story does nothing to make the genre stand out any more than it already does, and comes away more as a fun but non-engaging read.
The story follows a Commander Peterson, who wakes up and finds himself in the middle of some strange, global spanning infection that seems to make the dead stand back up. He’s summoned to one of the last command outposts of the military, is given a top-notch mercenary team and given the task of retrieving a doctor from a top-secret facility, whose expertise could possibly save the world from this problem.
As the assignment gets underway, it predictably starts to fall apart, with supplies lost, people hurt, stray humans needing rescue and the loss of their transport, in a world gone mad.
I could not quite put my finger on it, but the way the story is constructed, we aren’t given a chance to truly care about anyone. Instead we’re told in a mildly repetitive fashion how deadly, or sensitive or malfunctioning the characters are. If we were given a chance to invest in the characters, we might have fallen for them. But instead, most of the heavy emotional lifting is done for us, so we don’t need to try. The reader is not trusted to develop connections with the characters.
There are flaws in some of the details of the story, but to make it as entertaining as I want, I call the flaws literary license. There is a word or typo error here and there, but not many.
Then there’s this quirk I have about when an author creates a book series, but instead, finishes the first book before our heroes even get near their destination. The first book is a quick and fun 165-page read. I hear the second book is only 110 pages, and I understand there’s a third book that isn’t even out yet. Yea, the first book is free to pull you into the series while the second, shorter book is a $4 Kindle book.
I don’t like books in a series used as a collection of chapters to keep me buying books. I’m not engaged in the characters, I need to feel like there will be payout and as far as I can tell, there won’t be.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a fun, quick read to kill some time, but it’s not good enough to make me dive into any more of them.