- File Size: 4216 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (February 11, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0078FN0RA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's kind of Mad Max-ish in places, particulary when they are on the road traveling. But this book is really much more like The Wizard of Oz with murder, mayhem and plague added. The characters are decent and likeable and though there are a lot of them, there are not too many. There are LOTS of subplots and storylines going on, all well connected and, even though there is A LOT going on, it's done well.
The basic story is that the plague, or the Sick as they call it, that wiped out millions of people in the year 2065 or something like that is making a mutated comeback. Doctors and scientists at the CDC realize that there is no way to create a vaccine unless they have antibodies from the blood of someone who contracted and lived through the original strain. Dr. Justin Kaes and a team from the CDC in Atlanta has been tasked with traveling to Minnesota to locate (even though it's a long shot that he is still alive) Mr. Howard Lampert, 102, and deliver him to doctors in San Francisco. They do find the cantankerous old coot, collect him, and thus ensues a ridiculous set of travels and experiences for many, many pages where they keep getting captured, almost killed and then either escape or get rescued.
I liked it very much. There is murder, monsters and meanness, and even a little blood and guts and gore. Really good story.
The biggest strength of Plaguesville, USA by far is the collection of very interesting, completely unforgettable characters. There are so many unique characters to love (or hate, or love to hate) here, and they're all developed quite well. I also love the various ways of dialect they have, depending on where they're coming from. Add to that a good sense of pacing and plenty of danger and the result is a book that's awfully hard to put down.
With Plaguesville, USA, Jim LaVigne proves that you don't need hordes of flesh-devouring zombies to tell an effective post-apocalyptic tale. All you need is a good group of characters and a sense of urgency. Well, that and Mad Max-style motorcycle gangs, a Christian cannibal cult, guerilla fighters battling government stooges, a massive tornado, and an underground race of killer mutants. It all adds up to a very memorable post-apocalyptic adventure that's well worth the price of admission.
Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing purposes.
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