Hope rises in the hearts of those still left standing, but safety seems to be just an illusion. In a single night of shattering terror, Plum Island is destroyed, and key scientist Dr. Kate Lovato is abducted.
The end has arrived...
Almost seven weeks have passed since the Hemorrhage Virus ravaged the world. The remnants of the United States military have regrouped and relocated Central Command to the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. It's here, in the North Atlantic, that President Jan Ringgold and Vice President George Johnson prepare to deploy a new bioweapon and embark on the final mission to take back the country from the Variants.
With his home gone and his friends kidnapped, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and his remaining men must take drastic measures to save what's left of the human race. But not everyone at Central Command has the same plan for victory. As the Variants continue to evolve, only a handful of heroes stand between the creatures and mankind's total extinction.
One way or another, the battle for the United States of America ends here.
Beckham leads the rescue mission into New York to find those kidnapped by the variants as war breaks out between two rival gangs. A group of civilians in an apartment building await help as the helicopters fly over. Ellis tries out the new virus on the captured variant and an outbreak threatens the ship. Mutiny begins.
The action begins with the attempted rescue in New York and Beckham is determined to find Kate, Donna, Meg and the children. With their aerial observations, it doesn't take long to find the variants and their prisoners but things are complicated when a second variant gang want to take the prisoners. Team Ghost needs to hold off both groups in order to rescue everyone. Team Ghost fly above a building with a help sign and civilians on the roof so they detour to see what they can do to help. The women and children are loaded into the helo while Fitz, Meg, Garcia and Tank stay behind to organise a defence from the variants on the street until rescue can come back for them.
Ellis decides to test out the new virus on the captured variant child with shocking results that leads to an outbreak on the ship. A scientist decides to probe a variant body with too much enthusiasm and the resulting disaster puts several of them into quarantine until it can be decided whether or not they are infected. There are other issues to deal with on the ship with an all out mutiny by someone who is fanatical about using nuclear weapons to get rid of the variants, even if it means killing all survivors. Lt Davis is prepared to do anything to stop them and save the President.
A final mission is ordered where ground troops have to take a new weapon into the variant nests to try to kill as many as they can. Unaware that a ship mutiny has an unstable military woman in charge of the nuclear weapons, Team Ghost go into the target area to do their duty. When one team member is badly injured, another decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save him.
This was quite an emotional book which starts with the aftermath of the death of a beloved character. We don't see his body for a long time so I was hoping he was lying injured on Plum Island and would be found and saved but no such luck. There was the emotional death of another character, disaster on the ship with the mutiny, the constant fear over the safety of poor adorable Apollo and the big sad scene right towards the end. This was hard on the guts for sure but it was another great book. There was the usual action and tension and the added horror this time of a mutiny and nuclear weapons bearing down on Team Ghost to worry about.
Another exciting book.
Read May 2017.