- File Size: 5383 KB
- Print Length: 152 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Retreat Series, LLC (November 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GQOG166
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Retreat #1: Pandemic Kindle Edition
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The premise of the story was feasible and many of the infected "citizens" made me laugh at their antics...especially the couple dressed to the nines and driving a convertible Cadillac through the city, dragging bodies that are hooked up to the bumper in their wake. It also wasn't clear if the infected attacked one another or only those not infected. It's a real challenge for the soldiers as these "infected" citizens are not the mindless zombies from other books in the genre and are a formidable foe. In fact, they look normal until they start laughing. I'll pass on the rest of the series.
The Retreat Series is the product of three great authors working together and using their knowledge and expertise to create something amazing! There are so many apocalyptic thrillers out today it's hard to pick which ones are worth reading and which ones are crap. Many are so similar I'm left wondering if I may have already read them by the time I get halfway through. The Retreat: Pandemic is NOT one of those books. I mean, have you heard of any other series based on a highly contagious virus that turns people into psychotic laughing killers - or "Klowns" (short for Killer Clowns - the "killer" part is obvious, and "clowns" because of how their faces look when they are coming after you laughing maniacally)?! I know I haven't, and I have read a LOT of books about zombies and/or the apocalypse.
The plot of The Retreat: Pandemic was solid and well written. Those Klowns can take a punch and they just keep on coming - laughing uncontrollably the entire time. They have no problem walking right into the line of fire; and when there are thousands of them coming right at the good guys it's pretty darn scary!
There was a lot of military knowledge packed into these pages; which being a fan of Stephen Knight I am used to. If you don't like all of that military lingo in a book you are reading, you might want to skip this series. (Although, if you do skip it I think you will be seriously missing out.)
The characters were well rounded. Each had their own personality and part to play. You really get to know a large number of characters well; and it was difficult to not help but feel a little sense of mourning when some of them don't make it through one of the many battles they found themselves fighting to get through. One of my particular favorites so far would have to be a tough "nasty girl" named Rawlings. She is one of the few female soldiers, and no one can say she can't hold her own when the going gets tough. I really hope she makes it through right to the end. One thing is for sure, she won't be going down without a fight!
Also, as you may expect, there was a fairly large amount of gore and violence. Personally, the gore and violence keeps my on the edge of my seat; but if you have a weak stomach this may be another reason to pick something a little less intense to read.
I definitely wouldn't let a young child read Pandemic, but I might let my 16-17 year old (mature) teenager/young adult. Although, this is definitely not the type of book you would find in the young adults category. It is most definitely an adult apocalyptic thriller. If you like this type of book you have to give The Retreat Series a try. Once you get started, you won't be able to put this book down! If I could give it more than five stars I would.
Without giving too much away and spoiling it for others, I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief enough to buy into the idea that a field grade officer and second-in-command would voluntarily step aside for company grade officer to take over. Nor could I buy into a National Guard NCO allow herself to be pushed aside and let a Regular Army Specialist run a squad. The latter was even harder to buy into because the writers had the NCO pulling the scattered personnel into a tangible group. This went against the grain that had already been established for that character. Perhaps my time in the military wouldn’t let me get my mind around those two concepts.
Like most of the other reviewers, I kind of liked the idea of crazed “klowns” instead of totally mindless zombies. But, even they pushed the limits of my disbelief suspension. How was it they had the were-with-all to fire artillery and motars, a fairly complex operation, yet still mindlessly attack fixed defensive positions in waves?
Unfortunately, I won’t be following this series, just can’t suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy it. But, if you can suspend your disbelief, you will find PANDEMIC entertaining.