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Here's where Arisen, Book 7: Death of Empires left off (and if you haven't yet read Book 7, why, for Fuchs' sake, are you reading this?). As Fortress Britain, last bastion of humanity, succumbs to wave after wave of zombie incursions, the tunnelers escort Rebecca Ainsley and her children across a chaotic London. In the South Atlantic, Operation Secunda Mortem - the ongoing mission to deliver a zombie vaccine - is jeopardized by the JFK supercarrier's detour for a desperate supply run. Compromised by a floundering chain of command, the JFK has been outmaneuvered silly by a sneaky Russian battlecruiser.
Alpha team - composed of the world's most badass, last-surviving, banded-together Tier 1 operators from the Navy SEALs, the Activity, Delta, and the SAS - has scattered on various solo assignments. Navy SEAL Homer embarks on his undersea mission to disarm and detach suspected limpet mines off the JFK's hull. Juice, formerly of The Activity, and his squad of MARSOC Marines - deployed to the South African shore on that supply run - are trapped in a naval depot warehouse in a close quarters firefight with the deadly Spetsnaz. And 1st Sgt. Aaliyah Khamsi, elite Delta sniper, has volunteered for a CSAR (Combat Search-and-Rescue) mission to retrieve a shot-down pilot. Expect things to expeditiously get more dire.
SPOILERS now? Maybe.
As ever, when it comes to this series, I dabble in awful math. So 6 out of 5 stars for this one. In Book 7, the zombies took a backseat as James and Fuchs focused on setting the stage for the harrowing events in Book 8: Empire of the Dead. In Book 8, the undead resurface in force. But the most nerve-jangly stuff is reserved for Juice's bullet ballet at the warehouse and Ali's meeting her match in a mid-air sniper duel and Homer's air-depleting encounter with a Spetsnaz combat diver team. Omigosh, Fuchs and James consistently BRING IT with the blistering action, and this without sacrificing the in-depth characterization. The military elements come off authentic. The jargon rings true. And maybe what I love best is that these authors are so good at conveying a sense of humanity in a bleak post-apocalyptic world and so good at articulating the close-knit camaraderie that develops among soldiers in the trenches. Alpha team is so damn badass. Arisen, Book Five - Exodus is still my unbeatable favorite in the series - because nothing but nothing beats the JFK's last stand against friggin' TEN MILLION ZOMBIES! But Empire of the Dead ranks highly, too. By now, we've all gotten to know each of the operators pretty well. And that's another thing the authors excel at - they make you fret on the edge of your seat because the peril seems so real and you've grown to care for the characters. Well, okay, maybe you don't care so much for the craven Anderson who, if you recall, abandoned Wesley and his mates to their doom, and for Cdr. Drake who, as of late, hasn't been holding it down as acting commander of the JFK strike group. In these pages there may or may not be a satisfying comeuppance in store.
Part of the fun in reading this series is the heap of quotables imparted by the authors. Some of my faves:
- "...from the moment a helicopter comes off the assembly line, pretty much all it wants to do is kill you."
- "...control everything you could; and then get lucky with the rest."
- "For people with explosives, 'door' was a fluid concept."
All the cliff hangers from part one book seven, where sorted and on with the story we go.
Things start heating up even more, the Russian battle ship is still out there, the mad professor is still making more viruses, the Brits are falling to pieces and the A team is still having fun. What's not to like, book nine better hurry up and be on sale soon, because no matter what happens there is a lot more things to go wrong. Well that's a lot of words that tell you nothing, sorry but who am I to spoil it for you.
Read it have fun and thanks again to Michael and Glynn.
These writers, and later on Fuchs by himself, have given us something exciting, gripping, tense, comedic, and true.
I read a LOT of this genre, and I have read some fantastic authors.
This series is, without doubt, something special.
It takes all the excitement, charm, and quality that this genre thrives on, and multiplies them all by a thousand.
Be prepared for a thrilling, action-packed trip at a thousand miles an hour.
Do NOT start any of the books too late in the day, or you're in for many sleepless nights as you power through the entire series.
I guarantee it.
This book will keep you awake and missing work (entirely worth it, by the way) to read it in it's entirety. THANKS GENTS!
Well needless to say I not only was hooked but I swallowed the whole tackle box. This book, book 8 has continued the the wildest and best rollercoaster I've ever been on. Oh man, straight up then straight down and unexpected 90 degree turns at break neck speed. I've never before, literally and physically became exhausted from reading a book until now with this series and this book continues incredible ride.
So get the series from book one and I guarantee you, you will be unable to get to this book fast enough.
Ok, where is book nine Glynn and Michael? Get a wiggle on guys. Please end my suffering of waiting for the next one. I know the ride is not even close to over yet.