Friday Book Review: The Tilian Virus

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Tom Calen’s The Tilian Virus (The Pandemic Sequence Book 1) tells the tale of Mike Allard, former newbie school teacher now leader of a band of survivors of the Tilian virus. The virus, which turns its victims into flesh-eating predators, quickly wipes out the majority of the world’s population and leaves the survivors to fight off the infected as well as other uninfected survivors competing for limited resources. The narrative switches back and forth in time from the early days of the pandemic to seven years later and allows the reader to watch Mike and his former high school students grow up and mature in a world gone bad. Refreshingly, they remain decent people, even when it is to their detriment.

Mike transitions from a twenty-something inexperienced teacher, whose greatest worry is bus duty, to a solid leader who keeps hope alive in a seemingly hopeless world. He is not a man of steel, a ninja, or Jack Reacher. He’s a regular guy making do with what he has. A thoughtful, hard worker, he allows his former students to use their strengths to assist in their shared survival. He doesn’t always make the best decisions, but when he makes mistakes he takes responsibility and does the dirty work to correct them. Definitely someone I’d put on my pandemic survival team.

The story moves along at a brisk pace and though there is plenty of bloodshed and killing, there is more relationship building and maturity than found in many books in this genre. I won’t spoil the ending of this most excellent novel, but it is rare I am reduced to a sobbing mess at the end of one as I was when I finished this. The Tilian Virus has one of the strongest, most evocative endings I’ve read recently and though it filled me with deep sadness, it also made me want to continue the journey into Books 2 and 3.  Get yourself a copy of The Tilian Virus and a box of kleenex and email me when you’re done to tell me what you think. I’m dying to talk about it!

Get your copy at Amazon or check out other offerings at Permuted Press because they really do enjoy the apocalypse.

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Book Review Friday: The Undead Situation and The Undead Haze by Eloise J Knapp

Opening a second facility and dealing with internet craziness  has resulted in our backing off on our usual posting schedule and concentrating on daily operations. Luckily, the one thing we haven’t stopped doing is reading zombie fiction. Today we not only post Book Review Friday on a Sunday, we also give you a two-fer as we review Eloise J Knapp’s The Undead Situation and The Undead Haze.  Enjoy!

The Undead Situation

The Undead Situation by Eloise J Knapp
Cyrus V Sinclair doesn’t mind the zombie apocalypse. He’s got a crate of Guns and Ammo magazines, a well stocked pantry, and a bird’s-eye view of the chaos from his Seattle apartment. But when the chaos winds down, the magazine articles get repetitive, and Cyrus’ sweet tooth starts acting up, it’s time to enter the fray. Searching for his survivalist pal, Frank, and joined by a motley crew of survivors, Cyrus needs to dodge the zombies and avoid the crazies – survivors who have turned to religious fervor, cannibalism, raping and pillaging – to find safety.
Cyrus isn’t your typical leader. He’s cold, he’s cruel, and he’s a self admitted sociopath. When he isn’t hanging his pals out apartment windows by their feet or abandoning them to a zombie feast, he dispatches the crazies and the zombies with equal glee. The only warmth in his cold, two-sizes-too-small heart belongs to his albino ferret, Pickle and his allegiance to his friend, Frank.
Despite his cruelty, Cyrus is an interesting, almost charming protagonist. He’s like the misogynistic frat boy or arrogant asshole who you can’t stand but still hang out with at a party. Turns out,  there isn’t a lot of room for compassion when undead zombies roam the city and, despite his faults, Cyrus manages to keep himself better off than the Mother Theresa types.
The Undead Situation takes longer to get into than most zombie fare. Cyrus’ personality coupled with a slow start make the first couple of chapters difficult to engage with, but once the action starts, it’s nonstop to the end. In fact, I flew through this novel and went straight onto the second book of Cyrus V Sinclair’s story.
The Undead Haze

The Undead Haze

The Undead Haze by Eloise J Knapp
Cyrus V Sinclair should be in the clear. Sure, he lost his best friend, his protegé, and the only woman he considers his equal but he’s found Frank’s safe house. Pickle and Cyrus would be set if he could just forget the past. Instead his nightmares force him back into the zombie infested towns and cities in search of Blaze, the woman he left for dead.
To say Cyrus has had a change of heart in the sequel to The Undead Situation would be giving him too much credit. Sure, Cyrus is questioning himself: Was he ever truly a sociopath? Does he really want to help the survivors avoid the crazies? Is his search for Blaze something more than missing a friend? Luckily none of his questions undermine his basic self-preservation skills and weaklings be damned if they come between Cyrus and his survival.
If you enjoyed The Undead Situation as I did, The Undead Haze is a fantastic follow-up. The plot is more streamlined in the second novel and a whole new batch of crazies is introduced.  When I was done, I wanted more and am hoping there’s a third novel in the works.
The Undead Situation and The Undead Haze are available at Amazon. Now stop wasting time, go buy them.