From Russia, with love....
How do you destroy your enemy? Go for the heart then take over the brain.
The Z1219 virus, created by Russia's most skilled scientists, is the deadliest biological weapon in history. Harbored in the human bloodstream, it remains undetected until detonated. Once it's detonated, the host becomes a walking corpse with only one goal: eat everyone.
And now it is in America, packaged in the mail-order brides the Russians shipped over to destroy us all.
With the disease now running rampant and no cure yet discovered, it is every uninfected person for himself.
Homes are destroyed and the families inside them torn apart. Relationships can help or hurt, as those left uninfected discover they are not entirely untouched by the disease.
Follow a group of strangers as they struggle to do anything necessary to survive without losing their humanity in the process. Some will win this challenge. Most will lose.
It's a new world, and the zombies aren't the only monsters. They're just the easiest to recognize in a country gone horribly wrong.
©2014 Crystal-Rain Love (P)2015 Crystal-Rain love
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Thousands of Russian mail order brides were sent to the US with a deadly virus injected into them. It wasn't till the Russians pushed the kill button that the virus activated and the mail order brides died and became Zombies. Only thing is that the virus can be spread through sex and/or biting, so every man they had sex with got the virus, though it wasn't activated in them till they died. When the virus is unleashed, it's so fast and unexpected that the US is taken by surprise. Within a matter of days the country is overrun and all that's left to do is survive!
This was such a pleasant surprise! The name and cover are a bit off putting and made me think this was a cheesy Zombie book, but believe me when I say that it's not!!! It's a story of survival, it's a journey through the minds of people left amid chaos.
We have a cast of multiple characters so I'm not going to go through them all. I will say that they are all well written and developed. They are quite a colourful cast too!! We have Raven, a teen who is on holiday with her family when the outbreak happens. She is looking after her 9 yr old sister but she succumbs to the Zombies and poor Raven carries that guilt with her. We have Maura, who is crazy with a capital C!! She goes to her exes house intent on revenge because he left her for a Russian mail order bride. Of course she finds him in a bad way. This girl is seriously crazy but I'm not going to say what she does because that would spoil it!!!Lol. We also have Cruz, a Hollywood actor who hears voices in his head when he doesn't take his medicine! Throw in a fugitive and a girl with no remorse and you have the cast of this!!
The plot, while definitely fictional, is totally believable. I mean the idea of a dormant virus being injected into unsuspecting girls could happen! It just wouldn't reanimate them ;)
Anyway, this was a seriously excellent survival tale. It's not the blood and guts Zombie book but one of focusing on the characters and the aftermath of the virus! We get to see the outbreak happen, then we get to see different groups surviving and ultimately meeting up. I loved this and listened to it in a day, though that ending was killer, literally ;) Haha!! Definitely can highly recommend!
While Mark Westfield did a good job considering all the characters, I found his reading to be a little flat at times. I wanted more intenseness and energy when the Zombies were there. Also a few of the characters sounded the same. I still enjoyed it though!
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*
"THIS WAS A GREAT STORY! I NEED #2 ASAP!!!"
Always is, But I only listened!
He was good...and sounds familiar..but I checked I havent listened to any of his other work....YET!! :)
I did laugh a little...and I felt very sad for Raven near the end!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
From start to finish this was a great story! I lied the concept of the mail order bride virus delivery method, and how all of our survivor groups ended up in each others lives by sure luck! This was a great Post Apocalyptic Zombie story in a sea of many..and I highly recommend you buy it now! I am going to be tortured waiting for book 2!
WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND A CREDIT!!!!
"Mail Horror Bride"
The ending is really a surprise. A good book with a different take on a zombie outbreak. I am interested in what the next book will be about. The ending was a good twist.
"Character Based Zombie Apoc"
If you're a fan of zombie novels that focus on the characters rather than the action, like me - you'll love this book.
The zombie outbreak is caused by the Russian government implanting a dormant virus into the women who will then go to the US as mail order brides. The virus remains dormant until activated but is still passed to others through sexual contact and through their genes to any children they have, so when the Russian government activates the virus.... all hell breaks loose.
I adored this concept of a zombie virus being used as a sleeper agent form of biological warfare, it also cracked the story wide open to examine the prejudices of the characters in this new situation.
The book was a bit of a slow starter, I thought that it would follow the journey of only two characters but it opens up to follow a wide range of different characters and their gradual journey to a central point at the end. Once it got going, I was hooked and listened to it in one sitting while baking a hideously misshapen cake (on a side note -the cake was DELICIOUS despite looking like a disaster, I blame it on the audio distracting me).
This book had plenty of action to keep the pace moving and the characters were wonderful, it didn't focus too heavily on their backstory but provided just enough to explain their actions in the present. It also raised some excellent practical points: what happens when prescription medications run out? Is it better to go it alone or group up? Are children actually evil eejits?
This book includes a range of characters of different ages, genders and nationalities and Mark Westfield (the narrator) manages them all like a pro. He even manages a convincing Thai mail order bride voice, complete with accent, that didn't make me cringe so I was impressed!
The quality of the audio was excellent and definitely added to the overall atmosphere of the story, having a talented narrator in charge of the pace of this novel.
I would definitely listen to more of his work in future, especially if he's teamed up with the work of Raymond Lee again. Thumbs up for this winning combination!
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