Secret Service Agent Carlie Simmons began her day surrounded by trusted colleagues in an inter-agency shooting competition in Tucson. It ended with a staggering body count as the world around her unraveled from a deadly virus. With her mission to extract the President’s daughter from the University of Arizona gone awry, she must choose between her sworn duties and her moral obligations to others as the city is overtaken by roving packs of flesh-eating mutants. If she and her small group are to survive the night and find a way out of the ravaged city, she will have to summon all of her training, mental prowess, and tactical abilities.
I enjoyed the First Wave zombie series by this author and decided to give this short story a try.
We follow a Secret Service officer, Carlie, who is about to have a very bad day. She is told that she is under investigation for a recent shooting that she was involved in and she isn't happy about the snotty DOD agent investigating her who thinks she is guilty. Carlie is on protection duty for the First Daughter, Eliza, as the zombie apocalypse suddenly hits the city. Carlie's team are going to collect Eliza from the University of Arizona campus and get her back to her father, with the DOD agent tagging along but as they reach the building, they are overrun with the living dead rampaging through the area.
A DEA team led by Shane are in town for a gun competition that Carlie also took part in and they have a decision to make. Do they follow orders to try and assist Carlie with saving Eliza or do they put duty aside and try to save their own families?
I can't go into much more detail on plot without giving spoilers but it follows both teams as they work their way through the city, collecting weapons, fighting zombies and rescuing those in need of help. These zombies are smart and are slowly hunting down the survivors holed up in various campus buildings so time is running out for any kind of rescue. Carlie's orders are to find Eliza and get her to the extraction point but can she turn her back on others who need her help?
Carlie was a normal but kickass woman who wants to get a long awaited promotion to get away from protection duty and the First Daughter who she does not get along with. She wants to prove that she is the best at everything she does so the sudden investigation is a body blow that she can do without. When the zombies come, she just wants to do her job but the DOD agent is constantly on her case about what she is doing. I wanted to punch him as much as Carlie wanted to! Shane is another enjoyable character, a good agent who has to put aside his own plans to help with the rescue. Eliza was a bit of a pain when you first meet her but she does improve as the situation turns desperate.
Overall it was a decent start to a new zombie series but I didn't engage with it in the same way as I did with First Wave. I did like it but I'm unsure if I'll be continuing on with the series. Maybe if I see it cheap on Amazon.
Read March 2017.