Friday, 17 March 2017

Chuckles Retro Reads: Mogadishu of the Dead by Michael Stephen Fuchs (Arisen #2)

When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living.

And one international team of supremely elite special operators are humanity's last best hope for survival. Supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us, now the commandos of Alpha team are tasked with one last desperate operation.

They must cross the Atlantic aboard the world’s only remaining supercarrier and insert by air into the very middle of a dead continent, all in search of a rumored vaccine that might bring humanity back from the brink. But their op goes dangerously wrong from the start, with their team scattered to hell and back, and their target site a dry hole. Now they must fight their way on foot through a city of 3 million ravening dead guys, in search of an underground bunker that might hold the Last Man on Earth. But these undead will not be like any Zulus they have ever fought before – and they surround their new target in a writhing ring of death 30 feet high on all sides…

My Review: 
This is where the series explodes into non stop action, tension and exciting zombie moments! It is the start of a rollercoaster ride that you never want to get off...

The USS John F Kennedy is taking Alpha Team towards the coast of the infected USA but one of the Team is becoming concerned about the intentions of a group of religious zealots on the ship. The distracted ship XO is too busy getting Alpha team and their back up ready to go to give it much thought. The rest of the Team are more concerned about how bad their mission is going to be as they get closer to the target and prepare to go into Chicago. Back in Hereford, Echo Team arrive home with a wounded man who they say has been shot...

This is the book where things really start to happen and we break off into different groups of characters involved in life threatening scenarios, all happening in different places but at the same time. The tension just ramps up as we move from one group to another, caught up in the various disasters as they unfold, and it is just so well written that I couldn't put the book down. There is no respite for the poor reader as we worry about all of our favourite characters! Here is a taster of what you can expect:

The media are excited at the rescue of the Channel Tunnel survivors and are interviewing them at Folkestone while at the Hereford base, medical officer Lt Col Bryan watches as an injured man is brought in from Echo team's mission with a suspected gunshot wound. Bryan orders him to be isolated and restrained as a precaution, however, everyone is distracted when a warhead on a damaged helicopter accidently hits the mess hall and chaos erupts on the base. And that is when the alarms are going off and the screaming and moaning starts...

On the USS John F Kennedy, Wesley and Martin are wondering about the safety of Britain and what happened to the Foxtrot that caused so much damage. Homer reports to Drake, the XO, that religious zealots on the ship are claiming that the zombies are doing God's work and the soldiers are stopping the Rapture that will save the faithful. He knows that these men have weapons and Homer is concerned for the safety of the ship and everyone on it. The religious leader Carson knows there is a zombie quarantined on the ship and he is now coming up with a plan to bring about Rapture by setting it free amongst the sleeping soldiers to distract them while his people take the ship. Drake is going to wish he had listened to Homer's warnings when the biting and fighting begins...

Alpha Team are being inserted into Chicago but poor weather turns the landing into a nightmare when only four of them manage to land on the target building. Predator crashes into the roof of another building and Juice detours to try and go to his assistance. Ali is blown way off course and headed for the street and Homer breaks every rule in the book to go after her. The team are scattered and surrounded by zombies on all sides, with communications to the ship down and no immediate chance of rescue, and staying alive and finding each other now takes priority before they can even think about the mission.

Oh this book was exciting! On the ship we get the deliberate terror attack using a zombie, which causes an outbreak. To make things more difficult for the crew, they are also trying to fight the religious zealots who are trying to take over the ship. It gives great confused scenes of men fighting zealots, men fighting zombies, zombies attacking men and zealots, and in the middle of the chaos a rescue plane is being scambled to go and retrieve Alpha squad. I was worried about the safety of Drake, Wesley, Martin and Fick as the battle raged around them. It was total chaos and you get a real sense of how quickly things are moving out of control for Drake.

The plot was switching from the chaos on the ship to the zombie outbreak at Hereford then straight onto Alpha Team and their mission into hell so the action just never let up. I don't want to go into any detail about what happens to Alpha on the ground in Chicago but the book is called Mogadishu of the dead for a reason and the mass of zombies continually attacking them as they try to find a way to the scientists and then get out of the city are truly nerve shredding. I felt as if I was there with Alpha as they encountered one problem after another. I didn't know what to expect each time I turned the page and you can't ask for anything better than that.

This was a brilliant zombie book. I loved that it was character driven and we really start to get to know the main players on the ship and within Alpha Team, which does get you more invested in the plot. The plot was just sucking me in with every page I read full of excitement, danger and tension. I know I'm gushing a bit but this is looking like one of the best series I have ever read and it's only book two! Definitely recommended for all zombie fans. 

*NB* Read the first four books in the series in March 2016, then read the two prequels and books 5-11 in February 2017 so I'm one book short of being up to date. Last book released November 2017.  
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