Nature is the biggest threat to the people of Anchorage until they have to face the very unnatural, in the initial work of Sean Schubert’s Alaskan Undead series.
Daniel May performs the gritty, disturbing, action-packed tale that gnaws at something primeval within us all. Disturbing descriptions interweave with hope and desperate attempts to survive against a plague brought to the northern civilization on the edge by boys on a camping trip and their discovery of what appears to be a dead body slowly thawing in a melting glacier.
Anchorage, Alaska: gateway to serene wilderness of The Last Frontier. No stranger to struggle, the city on the edge of the world is about to become even more isolated.
When a plague strikes, Anchorage becomes a deadly trap for its citizens. The only two land routes out of the city are cut, forcing people to fight or die as the infection spreads. Danny and Jules, just children, witness the beginning stages of the pestilence. Neil watches helplessly from his office cubicle as Midtown is ravaged. Dr. Caldwell attempts to flee the madness of Providence Hospital, the epicenter of the outbreak. The lives and survival of these few become intertwined in the aftermath of the onslaught. Coming together as strangers, they begin to form stronger bonds--even as hope slips away and they realize there may be no rescue coming.
©2012 Sean Schubert (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I enjoy a good zombie apocalypse but this isn't one of them. The story is slow with boring characters. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen & then it was just over. Don't waste your credits.
Never judge a book by its cover... Or unimaginative title. I am pleased to say that the title is the biggest grievance I have with the book. The title put me off as so trite that I doubted the substance of the book. I was wrong!
The novel addresses the outbreak moments of a zombie apocalypse, setting the stage for sequels. Schubert does this with finesse and gives enough science to allow those who care to nit-pick to have the bread crumbs to get there on their own, but not so many as to allow those who have medical backgrounds to begin chirping over inconsistencies. Masterfully done. His treatment of the rest of the subject matter is equally masterful.
Character development is okay, sometimes contrived; however, forgivable due to the tense nature of the predicament the characters all find themselves in. The action is well paced. I have purchased the sequel. Happy reading.
I liked that the story was in a setting I know well and I could almost picture the travels the groups made through Anchorage. I enjoyed the story enough that I'll likely check out the sequel, but I had a few issues with it.
The only person portrayed as having any religious faith was a caricature of a religious fundamentalist. He had no redeeming qualities. Too me, he was too flat of a character despite the added time spent on character development with flashbacks.
I got confused which characters were which. I think this was primarily because a lot of the women weren't described when we first met them, but in later scenes when others meet them. As a result I had trouble figuring out who was the grocery store manager, medical transcriptionist, or convince store clerk.
I also had so e issues with the foul language as it does nothing to move the story along and it's use to characterize a person likely missed the mark with me. There are ways to cleverly work around it if an author feels they must cuss.
Excellent narrator in this one. Likable voice. Interesting story. Liked the childrens part and would like to hear more of them.
The first moments in the hospital and how the group got together.
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