The Michaluk Virus is loose. In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the Michaluk Virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. Most of the population of the southeastern United States have become homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people-Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines-band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world. As Cade, Brandt, and Ethan hole up in a safe house in Tupelo, others begin to join them in their bid for survival. When the infected attack and they're forced to flee, one departs to Memphis in search of answers while the others escape south to Biloxi, where they encounter more danger than they bargained for. And in Memphis, the answers that one man finds are the last answers he wanted, answers that herald a horrific possibility that there may be more to this virus than first suspected.
I liked the look of the cover and the blurb sounded interesting. I had really high hopes for this one but it just didn't live up to my expectations.
Our MCs are Cade, a former Israeli army officer, who lives with husband Andrew and visiting niece Josie. She has a large and somewhat illegal gun collection. Next door is her cop best friend Ethan and wife Anna, a doctor. The outbreak begins with a riot downtown and Andrew kills Josie, leaving Cade and Ethan to deal with that and the fact that Anna is missing in the burning hospital.
The Mcs annoyed me on quite a few levels. Cade did not act like she had military training, and you would've thought that she would have been more take charge. Getting herself and Ethan trapped in the house when they only had two zombies to deal with and a ton of weapons between them was pretty frustrating. So of course the hospital was on fire by the time they got there to find Anna. Ethan takes Lisa's word for it that Anna must be dead, making no attempt to check. He's a COP! He would've wanted evidence that his wife was dead before fleeing the area! As for taking Lisa with them, well people are dumb in zombie books. Despite witnessing Josie rise after being bitten/eaten by Andrew, they can't seem to put that together with Lisa having the bite and what was going on at the hospital. I get fed up with dumb characters I really do! Watching Lisa die and turn STILL doesn't register with the idiots. Grrr.
The author seems obsessed with Ethan's eyes. Every time he is mentioned, talked about or looked at, we get reminded of his wonderful green eyes. Even when we are being told about Lisa's festering wound, his green eyes are mentioned just in case we had forgotten! What this was meant to add to the plot I really don't know but it was very quickly getting on my nerves. What also drove me mad is that when Lisa attacks in the car, Cade decides to keep driving despite someone trying to eat her. Stop the car FFS and DEAL with it instead of trying to drive on! Ethan didn't really seem to be doing anything much to help either. Then they stand at the roadside and ponder phoning the police to report the crime. What is WRONG with these people??? What a pair of clowns!
The final straw for me was the meeting with Brandt, who shared my opinion of how dumb the pair are, especially when they wonder if the dead might be connected to the virus and the riots. I wanted to shoot the pair of them. Ethan decides to go all Alpha Asshat and start staking out his territory like a complete muppet. He starts accusing Brandt of killing his mother, acting like the big I Am, refusing to help two other survivors in need...I HATED him. And then he goes in a mood and decides to go back and look for his wife??? A bit late in the day to realise you didn't look very hard for her matey!
I'm sorry but these morons can't possibly be military with the distinct lack of common sense and no tactical awareness. Journeys to and from their transport should be nice and simple but they turn it into a shambles. Nursery kids could have completed their escapes better than these idiots. I got sick of this and stopped halfway through the book. Enough was enough!