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Once it starts the story just goes fast and you need run to keep up. Cole is on his way home to his pregnant wife when it starts. Then it’s a battle getting to safety while staying alive. The change In people happens fast. It’s a little gory in places and tiny bit scary. Can’t wait for to read the next book.
First things first. I did not like the Voice. An overplayed construct that annoyed me more as time went by. Sam Sisavath has taken his double guessing Keo character and made Cole a full blown schizophrenic (sorry, not PC, but then so is killing people I suppose). That said, I liked the premise if the story. Sisavaths books might be lumped together with the zombie genre but, like the Purge/Babylon books, this is no zombie fest. Zombies we all know how to handle now. Crazies - well they are a different kettle of fish. Crazy but not stupid. When the crazies start murdering anyone that moves, our central character Cole has to fall back on his previous training to get back to his wife and unborn baby. Cole is conflicted by his dedication to his wife and some people he meets and saves along the way. Should he run along without them (as the Voice keeps telling him) or should he help them all get to the relative safety of his house in Bear Lake? You can't help but wonder what Keo does to protect Lara and there are similar conflicts confronted similarly. There Voice is tiresome and the slow progress through New York is a little frustrating for the reader as well as the characters. Unexpectedly, there seems to be a shortage of firearms when you need them most. I also think it is odd that no one mentions zombies or worries about catching whatever is turning people crazy. As the power, phones and cell towers fail, Cole considers the possibility that this is all part of an invasion. At the end of this book, we are left wanting more and with some luck it will be more without the Voice.
The key point of the story is a guy trying to get home during a catastrophe. Still a fairly original theme. I think being asleep was the key to not being a "Crazy", hopefully explained in better detail in the next book. The "Voice" heard thru out the novel did get a little repetitive and annoying, I get the point. TO get home to Emily and Bear Lake. But still an enjoyable start to a new series for this author.
I enjoyed this book, it had well developed characters, a mysterious element and lots of action. The one thing that annoyed me was the Voice. There may be a reason for this element, that hasn't been revealed yet, but it seemed to interrupt the flow of the book.
Different, definitely different! Thanks Mr Sisavath I enjoyed that and look forward to the balance of this tale. Unusual characterisations with a hugely open plot this story was a good spin on a well worked-over genre.
Any who like Sam’s writing will like this, it’s more of the same. I have to say I’m already weary of “the Voice”. Sam should have just called him Danny because the sophomoric banter is completely reminiscent of Will and Danny in The Purge series. Interested enough to check out book two but unless it really does something unexpected this will be the first Sisavath series I don’t complete.
As with most of Mr. Sisavath books I really enjoyed it. This book has plenty of action and it gets going right from the start. If you like an apocalypse novel that's full of violence and gore this is a perfect book for you!