Failure of the Hive to contain the Umbrella Corporation's most deadly viral creation has led to an outbreak of apocalyptic proportions. Now the streets of Raccoon City swarm with the living dead, compelling Umbrella to deploy another of its bioweapons, a hulking prototype soldier code-named NEMESIS that kills anything in its path. Jill Valentine of the RCPD and several others are determined to get out of Raccoon alive, but only if they can escape the city's hordes of undead, Umbrella's unleashed creatures, and the relentless pursuit of Nemesis itself. Their one chance is with one of the only survivors of the Hive -- a young woman named Alice, who learns a terrifying secret behind her connection to Umbrella.
This is the second novel by the author I've read which is based on the screenplays for the Resident Evil films and I enjoyed reading it. It sticks to the actual story in the Resident Evil Apocalypse film and is a well written zombie adventure.
Jill is a cop who was suspended for telling the truth over another outbreak recently, part of a huge coverup by the Umbrella Corporation. Being seen by former colleagues as a lunatic, Jill is somewhat vindicated when she arrives at the station to collect her things and the zombie outbreak has begun. I can understand her whole 'I told you so' attitude as she walks through, killing the threats and then leaves to get herself safely out of town. When she arrives at the exit from Racoon City, she finds a quarantine area where people are checked for the virus before they are allowed to leave, and the area is managed by her former boss. An infected man starts biting people and the Umbrella Corporation seal off the city and refuse to let anyone else leave.
Alice wakes up in the hospital and makes her escape onto the ravaged streets where it is clear that the virus has escaped the Hive despite all of her efforts. She walks the streets, discovering that she has new found powers that help her to take on even the worst of the mutant creatures. Her path collides with Jill, her boss and a reporter Terri who is determined to get news of the outbreak to the outside world and become famous again. A special forces team inside the quarantine zone have been abandoned and are having to survive together on the streets and try to find a way out.
Charles, creator of the Red Queen, invented the virus to treat his daughter for a genetic illness but The Umbrella Corporation turned it instead into a bio-weapon. Now his daughter Angela is missing somewhere in the city and he sees Alice and the special forces groups moving in the area and decides to offer them a way out of the city if they can find her. Cain, the cause of the outbreak, is obsessed with the idea of testing his mutated projects and cares little for all the innocents and law enforcement officers who are going to die.
But Alice is not the only enhanced human that is on the streets. The Umbrella Corporation have unleashed the Nemesis program, turning Matt into a mutated monster/super soldier and the zombie killing fields are the perfect place to see him test out his skills...with the plan to have him fight Alice to see how good their creations are.
I enjoyed reading the novel which is based closely on the film. The author gives you that story and delves a little deeper into the characters to flesh them out a bit. Enjoyable zombie fun.
Read March 2017.