Dave Stewart has survived the inferno of Kansas City and come out the other side. Everything ended up going according to plan, except for one detail: Amy is still with him, instead of on her way to safety. To the rest of the world his fate is uncertain, and by now even Agent Keyes knows better than to assume he’s dead.
As Keyes and his rogue DHS agents continue their search for him, Dave knows that Plan A, as usual, won’t work. His only chance is to keep moving until he can find a safe way to make contact with Nate Reid and figure out his next move.
As Dave’s odyssey across a zombie infested America continues, he encounters the best and the worst in his fellow survivors. He will find new allies, learn more about the true nature of the Asura virus, and his role in even bigger designs than he ever imagined. But, in a land filled with enemies both living and dead, is all the skill, wit and courage in the world enough to help him survive? Or will this be Dave Stewart’s last journey?
Dave and Amy have made it over the river and their friends are heading for safer grounds on the train. He is annoyed than Amy isn't safe with them and that she is still with him, afraid that his enemies will get to her instead. Getting away from Kansas City means clear distance from the Alpha zombie who wants him dead but knowing that Agent Keyes is prepared to work with Daniel to go after him has him aware that the road ahead is still dangerous. A couple of run ins with cannibals and raiders add to his worry for Amy and what they find at a farm en route disturbs Dave even more.
This third book goes back into zombie road trip territory. Dave and Amy are away from two of their enemies when they leave the city but are concerned that Keyes might discover that they are not dead after all. It is vital for them to move fast and get to Nate. They navigate a route that will allow them to move fast but look for a few vital supplies on the way. Finding the signs of a firefight on the road but no bodies alerts them that desperate people may be turning cannibal to survive and they move on before they attract attention. They are instantly tracked by raiders on motorbikes and quick thinking ensures that they, not Dave and Amy, may become someone's next meal.
Stopping at the farm is a risk but seeing a sign asking for help just before the property attracts Dave's attention and they decide to stop. Both of them have a bad feeling that something at the farm isn't right and the answer comes with an everyday object that puts Dave on alert. Dealing with that problem is not something that Dave expected and he doesn't like the decision he has to make about dealing with it. It is a decision he is going to have plenty time to think about through the rest of the story. The next stop is at a town called Hastings where Dave needs to get something and doing a good deed for a soldier puts them all into danger at the hands of a brutal teenage gang who are running the town.
You have to wonder where Dave gets the energy to keep dealing with each crisis as it comes. If you want to be picky his one man army deal is better than anything Schwarzenegger can dish out which can feel a bit unrealistic at times. Amy is only 14 yet she is more kick ass than most trained women in an apocalypse could totally be. In Kansas City she was being reminded to call out when she was reloading and hadn't been with Dave that long without her parents being around, but in a very short period of time she is brilliant on every weapon, navigating flawlessly, and backing him up on raids. She is more like a hardened special forces woman than a teenage girl. I found that change in her quite unrealistic. However, I don't really mind that as long as the book entertains and it certainly does! I was disappointed again that we didn't get more than the odd page about what was happening to Maya's group and pretty much nothing about the people on the train. It would just have added something extra to the book.
There is a pile of action to be enjoyed on the trip as our heroes find plenty of trouble on the road. From when they arrive in Hastings until the end of the book, it is pretty much non stop, which I very much enjoy. I liked the Hastings excitement and the visit to Mount Rushmore and then the mad road trip to try and reach Wyoming. From the way the book finishes I would assume that we are going to hear more about the survivors in the future, which is fine by me.
Read February 2018