Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Book Review: Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs (Arisen #9)


This is the end game - and it's not going well.

The battle to keep the undead tide from the walls of London is lost. Africa is a deadly hall of mirrors, leaving Alpha team riven with dissension and doubt. And the one man who might save the world is crashing to Earth half a world away. Only our greatest warriors can walk through this fire.

Betrayal. Chaos. Courage.


CATACLYSM

My Review: 
The landing party is onshore ready to hunt down someone native to the town where the outbreak began but they are going to have to deal with more than just zombies. Jameson is struggling under his new command and managing resources while the troops outside abandon all attempts to hold back the zombies. Aliyez great plan to fly to London is in tatters and the Wall itself is under threat.

The short boat ride from the JFK to the port begins with the sharks trying to attack the boat and the animal life that they encounter on shore proves to be just as dangerous as the zombies. It's a new worry for Handon along with his deteriorating relationship with Henno, who is determined to take command if Handon screws up again. First stop is Camp Lemonnier where they get a less than friendly reception from the last soldier left alive there-Zorn. He is prepared to help but only if Alpha clear the camp of zombies for him, which Henno is not happy about. Tensions within Alpha Team are about to hit boiling point if they can stay alive long enough when they realise what Zorn has been doing at the base...

Jameson's troops are mopping up the CentCom outbreak but he feels ill equipped to run things. He pins his hopes of being relieved of command by experienced officers coming from Scotland and tells his troops to ensure the landing zone is safe. They send a plane to bring Simon back to London so he can have a lab to work on the cure. But will there be a London to come back to? Rebecca's group arrive at CentCom seeking sanctuary but the Tunnel survivors are not being allowed inside with her, leaving Amarie with a terrible choice to make. Now the group need to find a way to get out of London and find a lot of trouble. But when they reach the Wall, it is collapsing in places leaving London at the mercy of the advancing zombies.

Aliyez lands his helo in rural Russia to have a rest but ends up being found by Russian farmboys and escape is required. However his next crash site is going to be a lot more difficult to escape from a Red Square full of zombies and things much worse...Elliott has been battling his way through zombie hordes to try and get back to his friends but the line of soldiers is falling under the zombie onslaught and London is in trouble.

The series continues along at breakneck pace. It is a good idea to have read book #8.5 Nemesis before this one as that is where Zorn is introduced. We are finding out here that he survived the initial attack on the base and witnessed several of the events that feature in that book. I didn't like him then and I agreed with Henno that he wasn't to be trusted. For me Handon just keeps making the same mistakes over and over, putting his team in great danger and threatening the mission because he doesn't want to kill people, even those who deserve it. Grow a backbone man! I'm on Team Henno on this one...

I like the leadership tension that continues in this book but it is the addition of Aliyev that I have really enjoyed. He is the comic relief in the book as he lurches from one disaster to another. I find him entertaining and amusing in amongst the zombie chaos as he can't do anything right! I of course love the zombie action and the tension we get on each mission. The series keeps up its standards for me! 
 
Read February 2017.
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8 comments:

  1. wow a 5-start review of an apocalyptic NUMBER NINE of a series??!!! . I almost want to get over the fact there is Zs here and give this series a try :)

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    1. I gave five stars to all eleven books in the main series so far, and four stars to the two spin off books. It kept an amazing standard.

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  2. I love how the action here seems to jump all over, from Africa to London and now russia? I'm enjoying reading your thoughts on these!

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    1. This is what makes it so exciting...following different people in different countries and switching the action between them. Keeps the plot moving!

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  3. I love when series keep on with amazing standards. So glad this series is doing so well for you! :D

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    1. It was a great series. It's taking longer to get it reviewed than it did to read it though...

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  4. Breakneck pace...love that description and this does sound like a fabulous read. I love that cover. Definitely got my attention.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I really enjoy this series...it just has so much action and so many twists that you never know what is coming next...

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