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Sanctuary in Steel Paperback – November 13, 2012
"Written with the epic scope of World War Z and infused with the gritty spook works derring-do of a Robert Ludlum spy thriller, Sanctuary in Steel is full of zombie mayhem through and through."--Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Inheritance
"Cassiday blends thoughtful suspense and pulse-pounding terror to deliver a novel with both bite and creeping dread."--David Dunwoody, author of Empire and The Harvest Cycle
"Sanctuary in Steel made me feel like I did the first time I watched Romero. Fresh, exciting and engaging like any outbreak story should be."--Iain McKinnon, author of Domain of the Dead
"Sanctuary in Steel is up there with the best of the zombie stories in terms of plotting and pacing, propelled by great characters and unique twists."--Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
From the Author
Copyright © 2012 by Bryan Cassiday
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Zombies ten thousand strong massed along the Santa Monica shore, plodding through the sand, lumbering into each other in their unstoppable death march toward the onrushing surf that crashed and boiled at their feet.
"They'll do anything to get to us," said Halverson at the wheel of a twenty-foot sailboat plying the waters some fifty yards away from the littoral.
"They can't walk on water," said Victoria, her blonde hair blowing in the gusting wind that billowed the sails.
Eight years younger than Halverson's thirty-six years and a mother as well, the couturiere looked like a teenager with her slim figure.
She did a double take. "Can they?" she added.
Halverson watched three of the walking dead as they traipsed into the churning surf, bound and determined to reach him and Victoria aboard the sailboat. The waves pounded the ghouls back.
The creatures stumbled in the water and collapsed to their knees, but got up again in their headstrong, albeit mindless, assault and headed toward the sailboat, defying the waves and trudging through the water till their entire decrepit bodies were submerged and only their heads remained visible to the naked eye.
And then their heads were submerged as well.
"Doesn't look that way," said Halverson. "They may be the next phase in the evolution of man, but they don't fare too well in the water."
"You really think we're evolving into those things?" Victoria shuddered at the thought.
Halverson scanned the beaches swarming with ghouls. "They do seem to be taking over at man's expense."
Victoria shook her head in bafflement. "What the hell happened?" she muttered.
Halverson knew what had happened, but it was classified intel. As a black ops agent for the CIA's National Clandestine Service he could not relate the eyes-only information to a civilian like Victoria. Though at this point, Halverson wondered how much of the CIA was left intact.
He heard a rumbling overhead, tilted his head up, and gazed into the sky.
It was becoming overcast. Too, smoke hazed the sky. A smattering of clouds scudded across the canopy of diminishing cerulean. Flying among the clouds was a drone--an MQ-1 Predator drone, to be exact, armed with hundred-pound laser-guided Hellfire missiles.
It was all the proof Halverson needed that some part of the federal government still existed.
Victoria followed his gaze. "How many of those drones are there?"
"Is that one gonna shoot at us, too?"
Halverson's eyes followed the drone. "It may just be doing recce."
He doubted the drone would fire at them as long as it couldn't make a positive ID of him. Convinced the government had him in its crosshairs, he nevertheless believed the drone could not ID him at this moment. There was still enough smoke roiling in the sky from the burning ruins of the city to obscure the vision of the drone's cameras.
"Like that other one that fired a missile at us at the bank?" she said sarcastically.
"That drone was keying on the GPS signal emitted by my satphone, which I threw away."
"Why would it fire at us?"
"I don't know," he lied.
The less he told her about his job, the better off she would be in terms of life expectancy, he figured. The eyes-only intel he carried around in his head concerning the government's involvement with the creation of the plague would only serve to get her name added to the same hit list his name was already on if he imparted the knowledge to her.
As far as he knew, the government was seeking to whack him alone. That would change if Victoria knew as much as he did about them, specifically about the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam and about the superbug the scientists there, by design and aided by American funding, had created in a lab where they mutated H5N1 into the so-called zombie virus that was well on its way to wiping out the human race.
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Top Customer Reviews
This one starts with Chad Halverson. A thirty six year old Halverson who's a black ops agent for the CIA's National Clandestine Service. Before the NCS Halverson was a Navy SEAL. He's a guy who knows how to take care of himself in any situation.
Halverson is on the run from his employers because he's got the info on the H5N1 mutated virus thats created millions of the walking dead all across the world.
This info names the US as the moneyman for the lab in Rotterdam that actually produced the virus.
Halverson knows they want to kill him before he can tell anyone what he knows. Of course with millions of walking dead out there Chad is wondering how much of the Govt or the CIA still exists and who whould be able to go after him at all.
Chad's also wondering just who the hell they think there is left to tell and what the hell anyone could do about it. Its to late. There are millions of walkers out there and not that many humans left. Who would care how it started as there would be nothing anyone could do about it now.
Halverson and Victoria, a couturiere , are currently on a sail boat off the California Coast. Its the only place the walking dead can't to them.
While at sea they rescue Blake Reno a reporter. Another survivor.
They also pick up another man a doctor and a young girl a student.
They eventually land at Alcatraz Island. A place that can provide shelter as long as there are no walkers.
So begins a pretty good read.
This one has Chad, Victoria, Reno, a man named Bascomb who's an egomaniac, his head of security Kobe Jones, the security forces on the island, Bascomb rule of the island, other survivors, a pit being dug, the dugeon, Bascombs wacky take on the Walkers and how to deal with them, the Walkers who find a way to get to the island and Chad Halvorson and Victoria finding a way out and a way to survive.
A CIA agent and a woman are in the water on a sale boat trying to avoid zombies. She doesn't know that her companion is with the CIA. He wants to tell her and refuses to, even though he is constantly contemplating telling her.
The CIA has accidently mutated the H5N1 virus from the bird flu. It only took them one mistake to mutate it.
"It's 'Jaws" meets 'Night of the Living Dead'." This is what one of the characters in the book has stated. The character is "Reno" a newly saved uninfected human that was swimming to get away from the zombies.
While the rest of the world has been inherited by zombies, there are just a handful trying to survive.
Will the handful of survivors find a cure for the mutated H5N1? What happens to the survivors? Will the CIA agent finally come clean to his new friends that are there helping to fight for each other's lives?
The characters are very well detailed and their personalities are established in the first few chapters. One, "Reno" reminds me of a few people I know in real life. That makes this book really out there and I can relate to their style of personalities.
The scenes are so detailed you can literally see it with a vivid imagination and details. I also have to agree with "Reno" when he stated about "Jaws" and "Night of the Living Dead". He hit that right on the head of the nail.
This book deserves a huge 5* rating!
The author has brought the book to live and written in a very unique way. The plot of the book really hooks you on the first chapter! It had me wanting more and more!
Thank you for allowing me to read this. It was absolutely enjoyable!
I bought the Kindle version of this...for my PC
What's a better idea than having the book set at Alcatraz in San Francisco. No one can come in and no one can get out. It was an old military prison, that is isolated on an island out side of the San Francisco city. Once you start this book, you won't want to put it down. Bryan Cassiday really grabs you and holds you into this book all the way to the end.
The main characters were amazingly written. They team up together, a CIA agent, and a reporter, to be complete bad asses. Along the way they pick up stragglers and remain almost like the leaders of the group.
In current times, zombies are all the rage, and I'm sure this book will be loved by many. The writing is fast paced, the dialogue matches the intensity of the situation, and the setting could not be better. Not to mention the characters of the story, which can almost be called heroes. I give this book 5/5.
What makes this novel a decent read is the way Cassidy sets up the plot of the story. Yes zombies, undead, the infected are roaming the coasts of California but what will the unaffected do? What will happen once they reach Alcatraz. All does not appear to be what it seems and Cassidy keeps the reader interested by throwing surprising tidbits of information here and there that help the main characters attempt to survive.