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A nation in ruins.
A ruthless government determined to hold onto power.
One man’s insurmountable guilt and a promise that is almost impossible to realize.

After facing insufferable losses in the Tucson quarantine center, Teddy Sanders finds himself in a frighteningly familiar situation.

In the wake of the H7N9 pandemic, the remnants of the US government, sheltered deep underground at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, has enacted Presidential Directive 40 - Continuity of Operations Protocol - and declared a state of national emergency. Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has combined all remaining local, state, and federal agencies to institute the nation’s de facto militarized police force. FEMA, in an effort to curtail lawlessness and reestablish essential government functions, has created safe zones and civilian work camps throughout the country in order to assist with recovery operations. Acting under the scope of martial law, FEMA’s forces use fearmongering and brutality to keep the dispirited civil population in line.

Upon arriving at one of the work camps, Teddy Sanders takes in the razor wire, sentry towers, and chain-link fences: He’s back in the same hellhole that he has known for most of his adult life. His travel companion, Ein, a young man who has never experienced Teddy’s world of confinement, finds himself entering dangerous territory, where one wrong move could cost him his life. No longer the kind of man who looks the other way when someone is in trouble, Teddy vows to escape and take Ein with him to freedom. Teddy’s plans unravel, and the stakes are raised, after he discovers that the camp harbors some dark secrets.

As winter approaches and the camp’s food supplies dwindle due to command’s shortsightedness, FEMA’s control over the community becomes tenuous: Tempers flare not only between the officers and the detainees but between the upper echelons of the camp’s command hierarchy. An untrained - and unrestrained - security force exacerbates the situation, forcing the camp’s administration to contend with threats from the inside as well as the outside.

Will Teddy be able to find his friend - or will he be too late? And if he isn’t too late, how will he manage to get himself and Ein out of a prison camp that may be about to explode into chaos?

©2019 Mark Campbell (P)2019 Mark Campbell

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Really good book

This is a great story and in a way a story of how two different people can help each other. I like both of the MC for their strengths and weaknesses. James Romick does a terrific narration! I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher. I voluntarily left this review.

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  • 05-03-20

I miss Jane and Danny!

Teddy winds up in an internment camp in Kansas of all places. Under martial law, safe zones and what they called civilian work camps were created across the country. FEMA became the Gestapo of the new world. FEMA’s police force uses intimidation and brutality to attain compliance from the survivors. My anger rises when I hear the atrocities executed by FEMA forces. Then it rises once again when I picture the apathy and conformity displayed by some survivors. I’m afraid I may be more like Teddy and not survive very long under similar circumstances. The realization that these conditions could become reality is quite disturbing. Coming back to the story, Teddy finds himself in additional peril because he survived the virus, making him immune while adding value to his antibodies. This second volume is good, just not as extraordinary as the prior volume. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Even Better!

Wow! The second book in this series was even better than the first! A lot more action! The main character keeps me guessing. I never can guess what he might say or do next! This has been a great series so far. Narration is great too!

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2nd of Series

Enjoying this series with good narrations and no zombies. It is about a virus spreading and killing people. I enjoying the characters especially Teddy Sanders, who escaped prison, survive the virus and get tortured by people you expect to help survivors. On to last one

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  • 03-28-20

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I received a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review. Loving this serise, book 2 continues on from book 1, the action and suspence continue to keep you thoroughly and completely engrossed. The narration is superb. The whole serise so far is brilliant. 5 STAR easily