Monday, 15 May 2017

Book Review: Necropolis Rising by Dave Jeffery

It took thirty minutes for the city to die. But for the inhabitants of Birmingham City, UK the hunger will last forever. The military has sealed the city. No one is getting in. No one is getting out. But Kevin O'Connell and his team of cyber-criminals have a job to do. A job that will see them receiving a huge payout if they succeed. Or a bullet if they don't. Once inside the confines of the city O'Connell and his team are about to find out that staying alive will prove to be just as difficult as staying dead ...

My Review: 
A team of high class criminals have been offered 100 million by The Consortium to break in to and corrupt the National DNA Database. They are a dangerous group who know who is in the team and where to find them if the raid goes wrong or they are doublecrossed. There is a strict timetable for the attack...and just as the team are about to leave for the mission, a zombie outbreak quarantines the city, making a whole new set of problems for them...

The book starts with an animal rights protest group breaking into a lab of a rich scientist in his penthouse flat to deliver justice but instead they find that the scientist has been experimenting with something dangerous...something that has created a zombie. The hapless men manage to blow up the whole floor, leaking the zombie virus out into the city, starting an outbreak. I liked the idea of how this outbreak began.

This of course is going to cause havoc for the team as they don't know why the city has been quarantined, only that they must get through the police lines and use the chaos to their advantage. Of course they have no idea what has really happened or that the citizens are now turning into deadly zombies. As they approach police lines with a cover story, they do not know what awaits them.

Inside the burning building, a young man is battling to survive the fire and the zombies. He was a test subject for the scientist, who experimented on him with the virus in return for money and a posh flat below the penthouse and is kept around for more blood tests when needed-because he turned out to be immune. That is certainly lucky considering his current problems. Now he needs to find a way to get out and avoid being eaten but where does he go?

A military group are also on the move into the city with orders to find the boy who may be the only chance of a cure for the disaster. They know where he is but they are going to have to use the sewers to get in, unaware that the local rat population have been infected...

The action switches between each group as they try to move around the same small area of the city all with very different tasks to do. It was a bit different from the usual zombie story but had enough zombies to keep you happy, along with a conspiracy plot and the actual raid. I very much enjoy the writing of Dave Jeffery who has written a lot of excellent short stories that I've read over the last few years so it was fun to read a novella from him this time. 

Read March 2017.   
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