As Matt Hawkins strives for redemption following Britain's first zombie outbreak, his internal struggles and his psychological analysis of those around him lead him to question the ethics of humanity and himself as he fights to survive the apocalypse.
Hawkins’s perception of the immoral decisions of the leadership in seeking a possible cure, force him to reevaluate his past and question his own motives as he tries desperately to conceal a secret that could ruin him and prevent him from keeping a the fragile promise which has become his only motivation to live. From the sanctuary of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales to the promise of an escape through the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone, Kent, their only hope for survival and for the possibility of a ending the zombie outbreak, the diverse group of people experience loss while they hope for success but at all at a very high price.
Matt has made it to the safety of the Millennium Stadium and is helping the military men on their raiding missions into the local area to get enough supplies to feed the survivors. Despite there being little sign of the faster zombies, it is clear that they are having to scout further each day from the safety of the stadium and the decision is taken to abandon their position. Now they must try to get to the Channel Tunnel where trains are moving survivors to France so that bombs can be dropped to destroy the virus.
Matt is still living with the guilt at causing the second outbreak, a secret that he is determined not to share for fear that it may see him killed by those in charge. He already has an enemy in Chris, the skilled sniper from the team, and the commanding officer is on the verge of going crazy so he tries to concentrate on looking after Robbie. Now it is thought that the scientists have a virus that can kill the zombies but will kill all survivors as well so they receive instructions to get the scientists and get to the Tunnel. With some survivors refusing to leave the stadium, a convoy is prepared to take everyone else to safety. Those left behind are unaware that the cure they have heard about will kill them too, which is classified information.
The convoy sets off but runs into immediate trouble when they stop at a supermarket for extra supplies and realise that the zombies have led them into an ambush. It is complete panic as survivors get seperated from the military and zombies are coming from everywhere. This scene was very well written and tense, and not everyone makes it back to the reduced convoy. Matt's sense of guilt increases with each day and each death, and Chris is starting to get suspicious that Matt is hiding something.
There is decent action in this book. We start with the raiding party leaving the stadium and then get the action as the convoy moves from Wales into England. There is the supermarket melee, the scientists, the hijack attempt and the stop in the town where Robbie's mother was living, which Matt feels compelled to check out for the boy's sake. Then it is the full on run to get to the Tunnel as the zombies swarm the area. I liked the scenes with the idiot scientists...you could just see what was going to go wrong as it went on.
I have marked both books as three stars but I did prefer the first book. This book was annoying in places because it pasted big chunks of dialogue and action from the first book frequently into the text for this book. The constant info dumps were really annoying and were there for anyone who didn't read the first book 'Outbreak'. I don't see why I should have to sit through all this rehashed stuff over and over just because some people couldn't be bothered reading the books in order. We also got swamped with every thought Matt ever has which is repetitive and unnecessary.
Still a decent enough zombie book and the end of a two part series.
Read March 2017.