Sunday, 19 June 2016

Book Review: The Ebola Wall by Joe Nobody

In the story, Ebola has mutated into a vicious, easily transmitted variant. The first outbreak occurs in Houston, Texas.

The healthcare system is quickly overwhelmed, the number of dead skyrocketing. To protect the human race, the entire metropolis is quarantined, a wall of military armor surrounding the city to contain the virus.

The isolated residents find themselves immersed in two desperate struggles; defeating the new strain of a mass killer, and surviving each other.

The Ebola Wall takes the reader on a wild ride of unintended consequences and global events. Fueled by the real possibility of an extinction event, harsh measures are implemented to protect mankind. The ramifications will change the world forever. Decisions on both sides of the wall are exploited by basic human emotions. Fear, revenge, and an undeniable desire for freedom are in play. The future of the species depends on the outcome. 

My Review: 
I liked the idea of this book. Ebola has contaminated a city and the nervous government have blocked it from the rest of the country using a ring of soldiers who don't want to be there, repulsed at having to shoot those who try to escape in case they spread infection to the rest of the states. l I abandoned another book by this author based on my opinion of the main character and sadly I found an issue with the characters in this book.

We start with the soldiers at The Wall, soldiers who are scared to be there and who hate the idea of shooting those trying to escape the dreadful conditions in the city. The officer in charge of one group of soldiers understands why the government had to do it and resolves to do his duty-until an escape attempt causes a breach in The Wall, leaving the officer on the wrong side of the barrier, assumed infected, and threatened by his own soldiers if he tries to leave Houston city limits. Ok now I have a plot issue here. If the infection is airborne, what is stopping it from leaving the area and spreading on the wind? If it is NOT airborne, then the officer does not pose any risk to his colleagues and should be allowed to rejoin them. It doesn't work for me!

The character issue involves the rebels inside Houston to want to get out and go home or find family outside the wall. They have been trapped there with no supplies from the government and we should feel sorry for them. But they are written as cold and nasty people who seem willing to kill anyone and infect the planet to achieve their escape. An innocent girl who escapes then coldly kills a cop to evade capture and shows no emotion about it. The dumb thing is that her dad was just outside Houston to meet her but didn't bring clean clothes so she wouldn't look like an escapee and therefore the whole situation could have been avoided if he hadn't been an idiot.

As it is, the way the rebels were portrayed left me with no sympathy for them and carrying on with the book became a struggle so I stopped reading. I won't be trying anything else by the author, based on what I've read so far. Not for me.
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1 comment:

  1. That sounds strange indeed with how the infection spreads and how that never gets fully explained. And don't they have ways to test who is infected and who not. It's hard to enjoy a book when you can't relate to the characters. Too bad this one didn't work for you. I hope your next read is/ was a better one.