Extinction Cycle: From The Ashes (Kindle Worlds Novella) Kindle Edition
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Arvin Malone and Melissa (both in their 20's) are two of the ones attempting to outrun, outlive and outsmart the creatures. Questions about exposure and how to deal with the effects arise. Edna Johnson, 83, is a stubborn, and strong willed lady. The Detroit Medical Center is also at center stage with some harrowing evacuations being attempted.
Toss in the Rangers with SSGT Matthew Hedley and his well trained unit for some street fighting extraordinaire. Not only are they battling the creatures but gangs are roaming the city, as well.
I really liked the strong female characters including Melissa, Edna and Clemson, the Ranger. Fast paced book which moves quickly and action abounds.
Please note that I received an ARC from the author and purchased a copy in support of his efforts.
The overall tone of this novella is blanketed with hopelessness, but contains a cast of characters that refuse to throw in the towel and accept their fate - so it's easy to root for them. But these aren't the typical garden variety zombies characterized by lack of intelligence and a slow gait - Hicks's zombies seem organized and have increased mobility, making for some gripping, action-filled sequences.
Out of the Ashes is a fast-paced, quick read that vibrates with tension and I'd highly recommend it to sci-fi/thriller fans.
I received an ARC from the author.
I started reading Nicholas Sansbury Smith's Extinction Cycle series, when he was putting out book #3, Extinction Age. Nick's writing just grabbed me and sucked me in. While reading this story by Michael Patrick Hicks, I kept forgetting who I was reading! Michael does an outstanding job of placing us right back into the fray, and drawing you into the story with the action. And just like Nick, Michael doesn't pull any punches, he gives it to us real and gritty. Michael is an author to watch, and I look forward to seeing what will come next!
It's a darn good author who can enter another's world and the reader forgets that it's a different writer.
*I received a copy from the author with no request for a review, my opinions are my own.*
In a world where a biological virus has turned most of the population into monsters a small team of rangers enter war-torn Detroit to rescue any remaining survivors. I haven’t read any of the ‘Extinction Cycle’ books and you don’t really need to in order to enjoy this full throttle, action-packed tale where people are torn limb-from-limb and devoured by the once human citizens of Detroit. The monsters aren’t the only problem our fearless rangers face as gangs of youths are also patrolling the streets.
I can well imagine that ‘From the Ashes’ will be very well received by fans of the ‘Extinction Cycle’ books, and I really enjoyed it as well. The novella length works really well for this type of book. I am not sure I could take 300+ pages of this but here I was glued to my Kindle and finished it in two sittings. Don’t get too attached to any of the characters as many won’t live. The action scenes are believable and well-written, fast and furious without being drawn out for too long. So often I find military sci-fi books fall down with their over reliance of macho man stereotyping and terrible dialogue, fortunately Hicks doesn’t, instead his dialogue is realistic and doesn’t make you cringe. Winner!
The monsters in this are ferocious, blood-thirsty and fast, they butcher without any feeling or remorse and there are some truly gut-wrenching scenes to be read. There is a feeling of helplessness to proceedings as the city of Detroit is overrun and our brave rangers seem to be on a hiding to nothing. I’m making it sound a little grim, aren’t I?
It’s safe to say I dug this novella, Hicks is a more than competent writer of this type of fiction. His attention to detail, especially with regard to weaponry and tactical manoeuvres is first class and he clearly has a passion for this type of writing. I certainly enjoyed this a lot more than ‘Hell Divers’ and fans of military sci-fi/horror shouldn’t hesitate in picking this up.
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