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- Print Length: 142 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1535428880
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Beezle Media, LLC (July 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IUFLY7E
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,324 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This one starts with a sixteen year old Christian Black eavesdropping on his Mother and his therapist. Why a therapist??
Well Chris doesn't let anyone use him as a target or pick on his three brothers. The last idiot who did that got kicked in the nuts and had a pencil driven into his head. The kid was the school bully. A kid no one at the school did anything about. Christ did. He was suspended from school for the year and had to undergo counseling.
Christian Black is an atypical kid. He's different in a big way. Chris feels emotions he just doesn't let them show. Chris is decisive and ruthless when he needs to be. Traits that will serve him well in life. Black knows he's different from other kids and he knows he's very capable.
Of course things are going to hell in a hand basket right now in the USA since the Brisbane virus hit. Chris's Dad is pretty much a vegetable called a D-Gen. His mother is headed that way. His twin brothers died from the virus and are buried in the back yard. Levi, his older brother, and he basically just take care of Mom and Dad.
The Govt. issues ration cards so people can get food once a week. What is issued is never enough so Both Chris and Levi do odd jobs to earn money while paper money is still worth something though Chris prefers to get garden veggies, canned goods or anything else they might be able to use.
A bounty hunter appears at their house and to pick up Chris on a warrant. Apparently they sent his Mother a letter and if it had arrived and they had answered it the bounty hunter wouldn't be at the house. The bounty hunter zip ties Chris's hands behind his back, loads him in his car at heads to the detainment center. Of course they run right into a D-Gen riot.
So begins one pretty damned good read.
This one has Chris, Levi, Mom, Dad, the bounty hunter, Oscar, Jim, his daughter Abby, Darlene, an idiot named Randy, a dead bounty hunter, a Jim who frees Chris and brings him with him, a Jim who goes to Darlenes house to get his daughter, a Jim who won't be staying at that house because the idiot men inside are shooting out of the boarded up windows and firing up the D-Gens, a Jim who used his head, a Jim who takes Abby and Chris to another house, a house with an escape door in the attic, the D-Gens who number in the thousands who attack Darlenes house, fires, a Jim Chris and Abby who escape to the roof, bridges made with ladders that connect the houses, the house Jim gets to with a Bronco in the garage, a Jim who is killed, an Abby and Chris who escape to another house with a Jeep loaded with supplies in the garage, a trip back to Chris's house, a Chris who finds Levi dead, a Chris who finds three men torturing his Mom and Dad, a Chris who uses the shotgun to kill them all and Christian Black getting the foundation that will make him the man he will turn out to be.
Plot: In this prequel to Black Rust, we see the beginning of the crisis created by a new virus. We slowly watch the world beginning to fall apart in the first place and the first of many unconscionable decision by the government which leads to the horrible realities in Black Rust. Through the eyes of a young Christian Black, we see how his life's realities have created in him a certain ambivalence towards violence under the right circumstances and how he developed, mainly out of necessity, his cold heart. Whether or not you agree with the decisions he makes at different junctures in this novella, Adair's writing style leaves you no choice but to feel sympathy towards young Christian Black. This short novella shows he really wasn't always an unlikable person.
After reading this short story, I think that Black Rust simply needed a good 2-3 more months in the writing/thinking phase to work out some of the bumps. The story line in Black Rust was extremely rough. However, after reading the prequel, I can see some hope for this series after all.
The story is fast-paced with vivid depictions of mobs of the howling infected rioting in the streets, breaking into homes, and destroying everything in sight. Bobby Adair captivates you from the very beginning as he takes the reader through a fast-paced spread of the virus through the characters he presents.
The book captured my interest from the very beginning. I truly enjoyed the non-stop action that Bobby Adair provides his readers and the book left me wanting to start the next book in the series (Black Rust) right away.
My only dislike is that the story is too short. Although it is a prequel to Black Rust, the origins of the virus should have been explored more, as well as the manner in which the virus affected each of Christian's family members. I wanted so much more from this prequel!
The storyline is well developed and transitions smoothly from one chapter to the next. I give this book 5 stars!
- Marianna Maguire
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Stars says it all. Want to know what it is all about, read the 1st few chapters. :-)