Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when “they” will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain since the demise of civilization, Gus knows that his next visit to undead suburbia could be his last.
Not only does he face a corpse-infested urban hell, human scavengers, and unending loneliness, but now a new mystery has risen…The undead are disappearing from the streets.
A force is gathering, beyond the mountain man’s darkest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh. And it’s preparing to hunt.
This is the second book in the series and from the start of this review, there are spoilers about the end of book one so read with caution!
Gus is still reeling from the recent events and waiting for his injuries to heal. He is worried about when he will be able to get his home repaired, and that becomes critical when he realises that the zombies have been attracted by all the gunfire and are trying to break down his gate. Gus is facing total disaster unless he can kill all the zombies and repair the damage, and then he needs a plan for new supplies and surviving the winter alone again.
Oh dear. The stupid decisions that Gus made in the last book have really put him in a bad spot and threaten his safe mountain hideout. I did try to warm him but he just wouldn't listen! Now thanks to his obsession with Roxanne, he has lost his only friend, his safe house, a pile of supplies and his health. The zombies have located him and he has to do something to stop more zombies coming up to him. He devises a plan to dispose of all the bodies and that is when he notices that his previous kills have vanished. Are they still alive and reanimated again or has something taken them?
The current situation and going back to being alone really messes Gus up and he starts doing very stupid things. He comes up with the insane plan of going out before winter to kill as many zombies as he can to reduce their numbers. A nice plan in theory but other people in town are not very happy with what Gus is planning to do as it brings the zombies out into the open and threatens them. Now Gus is in conflict with other survivors which gives him a whole new set of problems. And of course his actions cause him more trouble when he fails to think through the plan and it is then that he finds out to his horror what has happened to the zombie bodies. Now his plans evolve into something really drastic!
Gus never makes life easy for himself but he is fun to read about! I plan to continue on with books three and four hopefully this winter, to see what happens to him next. This book does finish on a bit of a surprise so it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.
Read August 2015.