The world as we know it is destroyed when a regional conflict spins out of control, pulling other nations into the war. Most major population centers are vaporized in the ensuing chaos, throwing millions of tons of dirt and ash into the atmosphere to block out the sun and create a nuclear winter.
A new age of lawlessness begins. The void created by the destruction of our central government is filled by local warlords who struggle against each other to provide resources for their people. These clashes threaten to destroy the last vestiges of humanity as the basic needs of food, water and shelter take precedence over everything else.
From the ruins of the irradiated wastes emerge the bloodthirsty scavengers and a dangerous new breed of creature known as the Changed, who are intent on the annihilation of the human race.
A small group of survivors from Illinois attempts to escape further south away from the deepening cold and increasing anarchy. Along the way, they discover that the true monsters are not the mutants of the wastes; instead the enemy that they must fear the most is their fellow-man.
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own. ***
We meet Chuck and his wife Becca as they’re fleeing the Chicago suburbs after the bombs came and destroyed everything. There’s no power, there’s no government, and there’s not much hope. He’s just trying to save his wife and himself by traveling south. Along their journey, they run into these zombie type humans. They can die like we can, so they’re not the supernatural type zombie, but they’re mindless like one though. And rabid. But they aren’t the ones to worry about. Humans are the worst danger out there, and there are so few honest to goodness good people out there.
This story takes place over several years. And Chuck goes through MANY changes. He has had to because he had to survive. He had to learn and accept to do certain things that he would find abhorrent in the days before. What I liked about his character though, is that regardless of how many changes he had to make, at his core he’s still the same guy. He is far from defeated in this world that they are forced to live in.
Mr. Parker wrote a very interesting and more realistic take on zombies and the apocalypse. I won’t tell you all what happens, but there are a few twists in this book that completely changed how I felt about certain aspects of the book. Which is a good thing. He definitely challenged my perceptions when he challenged Chucks. You can also tell his military background, though it never came across as too technical or dry as some are wont to do. It was really organic with the characters and their voices. I know that this is a step from the typical review found on here, don’t let that stop you from going out and reading this book. This IS more a human story than a horror story. This is MORE a story of not losing yourself and letting your circumstances defeat you than it is a horror/zombie read. So, yes, I would recommend this story. It’s definitely worth the read. I was kinda sad to see it end, actually. I kept tapping my screen and swiping trying to get to the next chapter.
A veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan war, Brian Parker was born and raised as an Army brat. He moved all over the country as a child before his father retired from the service and they settled in a small Missouri town where the family purchased a farm. It was on the farm that he learned the rewards of a hard day’s work and enjoyed the escapism that books could provide.
He’s currently an Active Duty Army soldier who enjoys spending time with his family in Texas, hiking, obstacle course racing, writing and Texas Longhorns football. His wife is also an Active Duty soldier and the pairing brings its own unique set of circumstances that keep both of them on their toes. He’s an unashamed Star Wars fan, but prefers to disregard the entire Episode I and II debacle.
Brian self-published four books before signing a 4-book contract with Permuted Press. His novels GNASH and Enduring Armageddon were previously self-published and will be re-released by Permuted quarterly beginning in the summer of 2015 along with two previously unpublished works, REND and SEVER.
He is also the author of The Collective Protocol, a paranormal thriller that shows how far people will go to gain power; Zombie in the Basement is a children’s picture book written to help children overcome the perceived stigma of being different from others; and his how-to guide Self-Publishing the Hard Way is for writers looking for pointers to self-publish their manuscript.
Follow Brian on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BrianParkerAuthor and on his blog at http://www.BrianParkerAuthor.com where he posts small, unedited sections of his works in progress