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That leads me to Melchiorri's choice of creature. It is a zombie/monster hybrid that is refreshing for the genre. The being's capabilities set up more challenges for the human race than the usual shambling hordes. I always gravitate to the elite soldier angle and this is served up in large doses. At times this outing reminded me of a Jeff Long or Matthew Reilly novel. That is high praise as I love their books.
This last comment/question is for the genre overall...why all the series? I know the answer of course but wish there were more brilliant standalone efforts. Why? Because as much as I enjoy the first in the series I always grow bored as they go on.
What was also particularly fantastic to me as that Melchiorri was able to create truly genuine, badass female characters that make you wish every other book could do the same. A lot of books in this genre fall to the same generic tropes (woman struggles to use a gun, only motivation is motherhood, can't lead with logic and sense, ultimately can't make tough calls, etc.). While those things are fine sometimes and make sense for a character, it was refreshing to experience female characters that were just... well, a bunch of BAMFs. And of course, the guys in The Tide are BAMFs too. :) Highly recommended. Cannot wait for the sequel.
Then we fast forward to the present. A CIA (Marilyn) operative sent a team of mercenaries to find out what happened on an oil drilling platform in the Atlantic ocean that was being used for covert weapons of mass destruction research. All contact with the people there was lost. Soon, contact with the mercenaries is also lost.
She also contacts Dom and his group of hunters about the Huntress. Dom and his group investigate possible biological and chemical weapons attacks. They have a full medical lab in the ship where they are able to isolate people and work on vaccines and medications to combat the weapons.
As you can probably guess by now, some type of agent was released (they don't know if it was accidental or on purpose), and when Dom's group gets there they are attacked by the walking dead. They are barely able to get off the platform and some of his people are exposed and put into quarantine on the ship. The ship's medical crew gets to work on identifying the agent and finding a treatment.
Meanwhile, the CIA agent is on the run because her employers do not want any connection with this situation. Unfortunately, the disease has arrived in the US and is spreading quickly. The story then focuses on Dom's family and how they struggle to survive with their neighbors. Both Marilyn and Dom are on their way to rendezvous at his house, but getting there is not as easy as it would seem, even for people with the most advanced weapons in the world.
The action is fast and furious and non-stop. It is very intense, and I almost felt exhausted reading about their fight to get home. The main reason I liked the book was because it focused on the medical end of the disease. Most books about pandemics have people saying, "Aren't the scientists and doctors working on a cure?" In this book, we get to watch them experiment with different treatments and it is refreshing to have intelligent, dedicated people working ferociously to save their crewmates and maybe the world.
I definitely recommend this book. It's not your run-of-the-mill zombie book. The disease is horrifying, the bureacracy of the CIA is infuriating, and the fight to contain and control the disease is heroic. Dom and his hunters on the Huntress are warriors and his family isn't half-bad either.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, and I gave an honest review.
Melchiorri avoids the familiar tropes of "OMG Zombies, let's run" or "OMG Zombies, I've got to travel 1000 miles to my loved ones". Without giving away the story arc, there is a concerted effort by remaining military forces to locate material/personnel to eliminate the zombie 'problem'. If you aren't in to military fiction, don't worry, there is plenty of non-military content; nor do you have to be an expert to understand and follow the military element of the story.