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Chase has landed at Tinker AFB with a couple less backpack nukes they were expecting from his mission to Los Alomos.
Chase had made a decision to deal with the Russian GRU officer who planned to use a couple of those nukes to get rid of the Russian President and his Govt. The Russian President who instigated the plague in America and had sent Russian troops to America. It was a deal Chase had no right to make but decided to do it anyway.
On landing Chase finds that America has a new President.
Kathleen Clark had been the Secretary of Energy. She was the last Govt official standing and became the new President.
The only reason she survived was because she and her husband were in Alaska fishing. They weren't at either Weather or Cheyenne Mountain when the Russian flattened both with nukes and killed all the Govt officials and military men who were sheltering there. She's now the President and what a betraying idiot she turns out to be.
Rachel and Dog had been found alive and well and were with Master Sargeant Jackson. They were supposed to be headed toward Little Rock but they never showed. Chase has a blackhawk and pilot assigned to him for his search.
Rachel had to kill Jackson who had turned. Jackson had all of a sudden just turned. It took Rachel completely by surprise because Jackson hadn't been bitten.
Chase and Gabbert, the door gunner, are on foot after the Blackhawk landed so the pilot could check out a possible problem. The pilot fell off the helicopter and broke his own neck. They are both now on foot looking for Rachel and Dog and have eighteen miles to cover to get back to base.
During their travels Gabbert is killed by something in waist high grass. It takes Chase a while but he finally gets a look at what killed the man. Hogs. Razorback hogs with blood red eyes. They have also been turned by the plague. Looks like what Irina told him about another phase to the plague is true.
Chase is wondering if all animals will now turn. He knows he's going to have to watch out for them as well as the humans.
Chase if finally reunited with Rachel and Dog.
So begins another great read by Patton.
This one has Chase, Rachel, Dog, a murderous Roach who survived and is now at Tinker and has plans for Katie, a Katie who, unknown to Chase, is at Tinker as well, a President who betrays the GRU Russians and the US forces assisting them, a President who's a betrayer of her own military, a President who's a flamming idiot, nuclear explosions, a running battle in the desert, Igor and Irina from the GRU, a vacine against the plague, marines dispatched to guard a refinery, an old Marine buddy of Chases Matt Zemeck, hogs, bats, information Irina gives Chase about the dead, Chase finding out Katie is at Tinker, a Chase dealing with his growing attraction to Rachel, and one hell of a kick ass read with one hell of an ending.
Five Stars and them some. Waiting for the next one.
A side note. I find it interesting that with each book the reviews get better. With the first book there were several reviews of people leaving just 1 star. The second book had several people leaving reviews with 2 stars but there were no longer any 1 star reviews. The third book no longer has any 2 star reviews. With each new book people are leaving better and better reviews. So, either the author is getting better, he is, or the naysayers are going elsewhere for entertainment. They should. This book only has 4 stars and above. Whoo!! Hoo!!
So, I have now read the entire series and am more hooked than ever. This is a great series and I highly recommend it. I am now fully vested in what happens to these people and really dislike that I now HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!! But I will because I have to know how this turns out. Great author.
So, that was my review after reading this book. I have now read all of the books on my kindle, pre-ordered #8, purchased all of them in soft cover and even purchased the audio book from Audible. I am waiting for all of them to come to Audible because I love being read to. They do need a different narrator though. Am I obsessive? Just a wee bit. I have read the series 3 times so far and each time it gets better. The characters are believable and I truly care about them. John is a great person and still wants to find his wife. Rachel wants to survive with John. Dog? Well, Dog is just really cool. I cannot recommend this series enough. Yes, there is violence, some pretty graphic. But they are fighting infected people trying to eat them for God’s sake! If you cannot deal with very well described violence, or a lot of military scenes, then go elsewhere for your entertainment. I can't wait to read each book but then I’m distressed when I finish one.
You must read them in order. That is the only way you will understand the story line and the world that the characters are trying to live in. Most books end and the next picks up at that spot. Some scenes in the later books have brought tears to my eyes because I have grown to truly care about the people who inhabit this world.
I would recommend reading the John Chase story after reading at least one of the Voodoo books. This will allow you to get to know him a little in this current world and understand some of what has made him into the man that he has become. Other things will fall into place.
If you do not like “Zombies”. If you do not really care about “military” scenes, descriptions, etc. If you are not particularly fond of “apocalypse” stories please move on instead of leaving a bad review. I know that not everyone likes everything but just move on. Please, this author does not deserve it. Nor do these stories.
It was extremely frustrating when Transmission (V Plague Book 5), Days of Perdition (V Plague Book 6), and Indestructible (V Plague Book 7) were released. At the time, I did not have the luxury to pick up these long awaited novels like other fans and immerse myself into the dangerous world of John Chase, fighting the infected on a mission to find his wife Katie. During the times of release, I was engaged in writing myself- academic in nature- so I noted with longing as Mr Patton announced the imminent release and actual release dates of these books. I completed my academic writing project, and there was no better reward then to barricade myself into my apartment and go on a reading spree, finishing one book after the other. Pure bliss!
In Transmission, the virus that alter humans to become mindless violent flesh eating monsters, mutates and jump species- certain animals can be infected as well! Whereas encounters with the human infected in the previous books was nerve-wrecking and tense, the dangers infected animals pose makes Transmission a downright frightening read. John, Rachel and Dog handled themselves this far well against the human infected, but with certain animals infected as well, survival becomes a whole new ball game for the living. But do not fear, when the ultimate bad-ass John Chase is near! His combat experience allows him to stay calm and face new dangers akin to the virus's mutation with deadly precision.
It was always noticeable in the V-Plague books that staying alive depends not only surviving the onslaught of the infected, but also non-infected humans who have the own selfish agendas in mind. This time Patton explores this phenomenon from a political angle. Never trust politicians! Trust them even less when the world goes to s***! Surviving infected America becomes even more difficult when Politicians use their power for self-gain, with no regard for the people they are suppose to represent. Patton illustrates this beautifully in Transmission. Patton again examines and hypothesis human nature, which add a distinct quality to his novels.
And then there is Roach! This character certainly carved out a unique (albeit a disturbing) presence in the V-Plague series. Patton takes the reader into the twisted deranged mind of Roach, and when he is done and the parts conclude, the reader (or at least I was) relieved to be out of Roach's mind- as if the reality and the world owned by the infected now is not already scary enough. Patton’s description of Roach’s psychopathic is excellently articulated; kind of reminds me of James Patterson’s Along Came a Spider and the equally creepy Kiss the Girls, in which readers are taken on an intimate journey into the mind of murderous mad individuals. The reader’s relationship with Roach is taken to the next disturbing level, because he has his murderous intentions fully set on Katie Chase- John’s wife!
Like its predecessors, you will thoroughly enjoy Transmission. Patton once again keep the readers interested by introducing new fresh plot avenues, but keeps the book grounded with awesome militaristic action-packed sequences...taking care of the infected or anyone else who poses a thread.
Well, what can I say about these books that others haven't said? My interest was captured in book 1 and I have been reading one right after the other since that one. Usually, if I read one book any near as many pages as I have read in this series, I am ready for the story to end...and sit and check ever few pages to see how many more pages to the end. With this series, I am just the opposite. I don't want the books to end, as each and every one end on some type of a cliff hanger, so that you have to read the next book to find out what happens.
The characters are well developed and you feel that you really know them. As you read, you realize that no one is safe from either the infected, the bad guys outside the characters' circle, or the bad guys inside the circle. I love that there is more action than any other books I have read from start to finish....(well I don't think it ever "finishes") as you go from book to book. As John keeps looking to find and rescue his wife, you feel for Rachael who has been a major part of John's life since he rescued her in book 1.
When I started reading this series, I figured that I would get bored with it after the first 2 or 3 books and wondered how the author could possibly keep coming up with new situations for the characters that would be as exciting as the previous ones. Well, he does, and no situation is like any of the previous ones. I find myself hoping the characters can finally get a break. If you really look into the story line, the characters DO "get a break" as things tend to keep moving along with some successes. The "breaks" or so subtle and followed quickly by some potential disaster that you don't see them unless you really look.
I would recommend these books to anybody that likes apocolyptic stories. You won't be disappointed.
I'm going to post this under each of the Voodoo Plague books, since you really have to judge the series as a whole if you're going to read them all. I had finished another zombie apocalypse series several weeks ago that I felt set the bar really high. I'd had some disappointments in the interim and, being somewhat new to the genre, was getting discouraged that there may just not be that many well written zombie stories out there. This series gave me new hope.
The first book was a bit slow (having just shortly come away from the climax of the previous series), but the second book really took off and hooked me with the action. The third book slowed down to develop the characters a bit, which didn't disappoint me, because I was committed to the series by that time. The fourth book got a bit more tedious - the story line fractured, and it was difficult to get very far into any one scene before it switched to another (at times, essentially unrelated) scene. It started to feel like when my babysitter used to watch a soap opera one day, then come back two weeks later, watch the same soap opera, and only 30 minutes had passed in "soap opera land", even though the show had been on for 10 days in the interim. Things started to pull together again in book 5, as the plot lines began to intersect again, and book 6 did a nice job of bringing everything (/everyone) back together.
So, while I realize the comments above don't necessarily represent a "glowing" review of these books, but I still gave the series 5 stars because the overall body of work is engaging, entertaining, and well-crafted. The characters are fun to follow, the plot lines twist in interesting an unexpected ways, and the writing flows naturally and comfortably for the reader. In the final analysis, I'm anxiously awaiting book 7, so how could I not give it a great rating?
I rarely write reviews but in this case I feel compelled to do so. It has been a long time since I have found a series of books that are so incredibly hard to put down. I find myself skimming paragraphs in my eagerness to find out what happens next. One thing that ruins a book for me is unrealistic actions or dialogue. I find neither in these books. Once you accept the hopefully improbable scenario the characters find themselves in, the rest falls into place in a manner that isn't hard to believe at all and the characters act and speak exactly as one would expect. In fact the author makes it a point to explain any special skills that the characters possess. And speaking of characters, other than perhaps the three main characters, no one is particularly immune in these books and it would not surprise me should calamity befall even a main character and the story line go in a different direction. You just don't know and that is the joy of these books, the author keeps the reader right on the edge the whole time. So in closing if you are looking for a fast paced set of books that are completely enjoyable, then this series is definitely a must read.
WOW!!! what a great book - I bought the audiobook to go with it - so worth it. Man, oh man, that John Chase doesn't know the meaning of the word QUIT - Fast paced story that really interesting and engaging, the story is added to with Rachel and DOG. The world is ending and infected are everywhere.But Holy Smokes!!! what a ride - there is just enough military to let the reader know that Dirk Patton was military, but not enough to put you to sleep, It makes the story interesting. I actually prefer the audiobook version so I can listen on the go and audiobooks 1-6 are fantastic. Basic run down of the series is John Chase goes to Atlanta on business, the next day weird stuff starts happening. He sees Rachel running from infested through the swamp and saves her. The world goes to hell, John needs to get back to Phoenix, AZ to find his wife Katie. Along the way, John and Rachel find Dog and a whole bunch of infected and a bunch of Yahoos -
I think these book are some kind of test. To see just how long I can function in the real world without sleep. Action packed , pretty relentless infected,sorry I mistakenly called them zombies in an earlier review.These infected have way more scary skills. All the characters are evolving at a steady pace.Sorry to lose some of the good folk,but BIG YAY when the bad folk get their just deserts. I'll keep going because it's a different take on the usual apocalyptic book,which makes it fresh and keeps me interested. Of course that would all change should any travesty happen to 🐕.I love him the most.