By John O’Brien
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published (first published April 9th 2011)
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic / Horror
Source: review copy
There is no sanctuary.
That was taken away in the blink of an eye. Humanity went out not with a whimper, but a bang.
Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence? Humankind was once at the top of the food chain. But that has now changed.
This hard-hitting, action-packed series begins with Jack Walker being suddenly thrust into a world where the infrastructure which cherished Armani suits, night clubs, fast and expensive cars and watching the daily stock market are gone. Left in its place is the material world mankind built but a majority of the population has vanished; replaced by a new, savage, unrelenting, cunning, animalistic species which hunts and operates at night.
~ Goodreads Blurb
I’m not much into horror, by large. I know, shocking since I do like dark fiction, dark fantasy let’s say. But outright horror, not so much. I don’t really find the appeal in getting scared, I have enough of a thrilling life as it is living where I live. I really don’t need something extra to jingle my nerves, you know?
I read something like half of this before I have up. The read felt somewhat technical, descriptive of all sorts of aspects that I don’t personally find interesting. Military-flavored reads aren’t really that appealing to me, not to mention zombies are just…uhm, well, sort of grouse if you ask me. Post-apocalyptic is yet again a scenario that jingles my nerves, and I’m not a fan of it. While I can roll with some dystopia if done in such a way that accent doesn’t fall on the destruction but rather on coping with it and perhaps adapting to a new world order, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic doesn’t generally do it for me, and action in general is cool but not as a focus, you know what I mean?
Anyways, this was a really bad fit I think, the writing didn’t call to me, the plot didn’t entertain or hook me, I didn’t connect with characters at all. Really bad fit, sorry.
Do you like apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic scenarios? What draws you to them?