In Canterbury, as the virus rages out of control, one troop of Royal Marine Commandos fights a 360-degree battle for survival, racing to rescue the Channel Tunnel survivors from a relentless siege – before Hellfire missile strikes and carpet bombing kill anyone left alive.
Across the Atlantic, the crew of the John F. Kennedy risks a catastrophic reactor meltdown to get out of the path of a ten-mile-wide tide of the dead; while, onshore at the Naval Air Base, Wesley's tiny team maintains a lonely vigil – which turns horrifyingly dangerous as the edge of the storm hits, pushing desperate civilians ahead of it.
In the air above, Gunnery Sergeant Fick leads a hand-picked fire-team of spec-ops Marines halfway across North America to take and defend an airfield on a remote island – but learns to his cost that it is a place with a terrible history, and very dangerous secrets.
Finally, out on Lake Michigan, Alpha team races toward extraction… but first must fight their most harrowing battle yet – this time against the living, who are both more treacherous and a hell of a lot better armed than the dead.
Canterbury is being swamped by the zombie hordes who are closing in on civilians and military resources are being stretched to their limits. Hostile fire and zombies are causing chaos for Fick's men as they try to rescue Alpha Team by securing an extraction point. Alpha Team are about to make contact with a group looking for help which might actually be an ambush. The zombie horde are still marching towards the stranded ship leaving Drake in a state of apprehension and ready to take risks to refloat it.
Lt Jameson and Staff Sgt Eli are dispatched to rescue civilians holed up in a high rise flat. They are expecting to have a very serious battle with the zombie hordes in the area during the rescue. What they didn't expect were dumb civilians making the situation more difficult and friendly fire from the air putting their men at risk. A catalogue of disasters are about to follow as the mission falls apart and difficult decisions will fall to Grews..
Drake estimates that the zombie horde are less than five hours away and the ship is still not ready to move. Wesley's group are aware that the airfield will be overrun by the zombies before Fick and Alpha Team return and as they wait they stumble upon survivors heading their way. As Wesley attempts the rescue, one of his team decides to compromise their safety in the worst possible way.
Alpha Team are back on the water with a working boat but see a boat adrift coming towards them and they are hailed to give medical assistance to those on board, and Ali quickly becomes convinced that this is an ambush situation as she examines a young woman who may be a hostage. As armed men appear on the deck of the boat, Alpha are cut off from Ali and getting nervous about being possibly outgunned. When the gunfire starts below deck, Alpha are ready to engage.
The B17 is bringing Fick and his men to Beaver Island to prepare for extracting Alpha Team when they come under fire from the control tower. It is vital for them to take control of the area to save Alpha Team but they must not suffer damage to the aircraft or they will all be stranded. And the zombies then start to appear out of the woods around the airfield. They can only wait a limited time and the shooter has a disturbing story to share about why the island has so many zombies and the deadly secret they conceal.
When you think this series can't ramp up the tension any more, this book proves you wrong! This time we are following five main pieces of action and switching between them keeps the action going at breakneck speed which I totally love! We are worried that Alpha are walking into an ambush then we are seeing zombies attack Canterbury, and Fick trying to hold the airfield while zombies march on the stranded ship...it's just all very exciting!
My one bugbear here is Handon deciding to do a couple of really stupid things. They have gone to all this trouble to rescue Simon and his work from Chicago to give the world hope for an antidote. Surely that mission of getting him back to the ship is way more important than checking a boat to help a few civilians? Military commanders would agree that they should have avoided that boat and went straight for Beaver Island. Risking an ambush puts Simon in danger and should not have happened IMHO. His later decision taken for humanitarian reasons was utter stupidity and I can't believe a soldier would do something so dumb! It did make things exciting though...
This was the last book in the series I read back in March 2016 and I'm getting these reviews posted to help refresh my memory on the events so far, ready to start reading the books and complete the series!
Read March 2016