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I love this book and dare say it's my favorite of all the Voodoo Plague books. It's hard to pick a favorite, but this one ranks way up there. All of my favorite characters are here. Even the Russians are back! I just adore Igor. His comic relief is so refreshing. Irina is so strong and amusing in her own way at times and gives us a whole new perspective on the other side of the world. Dog is there, of course, along with the rest of the gang.
The story is somewhat confusing at first as we try to figure out what happened because the book picks up shortly after where book 6 left off...plummeting to the earth. However it becomes clear pretty quickly once we realize John is alone and trapped inside the wreckage trying to remember what happened.
We also meet a fascinating new character who may be integral to everything and shockingly isn't dead yet! Maybe he'll stick around for a bit.
The infected are certainly becoming their own characters as they keep changing and becoming something completely different than they were initially. How do these changes affect the world? What do the changes in behavior mean for the rest of the population? Will they continue to evolve? So many questions we don't have the answers to yet.
There is some heaviness in this book. Rachel starts to come to grips with Katie being back in John's life, and the feeling that she has no place in it anymore. It's pretty heartbreaking to watch her go through. There are some other things but I refuse to give spoilers because I hate to read them. Just be prepared for some heavy stuff this go-round.
There's also a down right hysterical scene with a horse that literally made me laugh out loud. It was awesome, and right on the money! If you have any experience at all with horses, you're going to be able to relate to one of the characters, and either way, you're going to laugh!
As always, there's no shortage of action and excitement. There's always some edge-of-your-seat action to keep your heart rate up, to keep you reading long after you should have gone to bed, and when you really should be doing something else.
I just can't recommend these books highly enough. So few authors have that magic something to bring you back after a first book, much less after seven or more! Mr. Patton really is an outstanding writer who understands his readers, understands writing and the English language, and understands his characters, his story and how to use all of that to take us on the adventure with him in the most perfect way.
You won't go wrong with this series and Indestructible is just another wonderful installment in the amazing works that are Voodoo Plague.
One can easily deduce why this book is titled “Indestructible”. Following a military plane crash John Chase is badly hurt and his wife is missing again after he just saved her. But nothing- no physical pain or hurt- will stop him from finding her again! There is one awesome part (my favourite) where John – in really bad condition- still manages to take care of a group of female infected with sweet hand-to-hand combat moves. We all know how vicious, strong and smart the female infected are, which makes the part extra special. Reading and envisioning his combat manoeuvres was a mind-gasm!
There were a few things that bothered me. When John and Katie is reunited again, there is a lack of chemistry between them. After all John went through to find her, I expected more emotion and feeling between the two. But it felt like two friends interacting. Keeping in mind that John and Rachel when through a lot together, it feels like they are a better fit then John and Katie. Don’t get me wrong, I am all Team Katie- I feel bad for Rachel but she needs to get over it! (hahaha, sorry that was cruel). I still felt the lack of chemistry between John and Katie, albeit the flashbacks he had of how they met, romantic experiences, etc. To contradict myself: my viewpoint might be premature since Katie’s character is sort of fresh; her character and personal interaction with John needs to grow. She and John only had a few chapters together. I’m sure (and hope) Patton writes a stronger emotional bond between John and his wife in the next book.
What I appreciate about the V-Plague books is the level of realism amidst the suspense of disbelief. I however struggled to suspend my disbelief with some parts. Firstly, John just happens by chance (or fate?) to meet Joe who is a virologist. Joe will clearly play a pivotal role concerning the infected in future. Of all the characters John met since start, Joe and John’s meeting is just not plausible for me. It would have been more realistic if Joe was written/introduced in a more intricate plot, since he will play a momentous part in events to come. Also, Martinez believed dead is reunited with John sort of miraculously when he noticed while on an excursion a “lone figure silhouetted by the moon”. The figure turns out to be Martinez. I do not have a problem with her not being dead, that is explained adequately. What bothers me a bit is the instant way they found each another….just like that. I belief their reunion could have been written more intricately.
The above-mentioned I lament on is really minor and did not distract from an overall pleasant and fun read. In fact, from all the books “Indestructible” inspired me the most. The underlying theme Patton reflects on in the Afterword of this book dominates throughout: You can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds by keep fighting, and by never accepting defeat (paraphrase).
The problem with a continuing series is that, more often than not, after the first book things tend to go downhill. Oh, how blissfully happy I am that I've never had to worry about that with the VP series. What I love about this series are the twists and turns, the battles, the conflict between characters, the constant desire to fight, survive, overcome and persevere and of course, Dog. I love that Mr. Patton explains the military jargon in his novels as well, even though I'm well versed in military acronyms and codes, having 3 brothers and a significant other serving in the armed forces for the better part of the last decade, it's still nice that he explains them. And what I also love about the VP series, it's not full of heavy petting and sex. THANK YOU MR. PATTON. If I wanted to read erotica I'd blow my money on 50 Shades of Gray. Pun intended. I've noticed men who write apocalypse novels fill their pages with blood, weapons, and war; while women who write them seem more concerned with finding love in the apocalypse, then the female protagonist gets pregnant and blah blah blah, however, I digress. Now I'll tell you what I don't like about this series. ...the fact that I can't seem to to read and complete the newest installment in more than one sitting. Time seems to stand still when I read Mr. Patton's work, until I reach the inevitable cliffhanger and realize it's 4 AM and I have to be at work by 8. But it's definitely worth it.
Its easy for an author to produce a novel that's so engrossing it captures the rapt attention of his readers in the beginning, but rarely can an author hold said attention for 7 books. Mr. Patton has found his niche, and as much as I would like to see a happy ending for John, Katie, Rachel, Dog and Joe, I almost don't want this series to end because it gives me something to look forward to.
"Indestrctible" will grab you by the lapels and refuse to let you go, escape from reality and go on an adventure across unknown territory on horseback, descend into caverns filled with the stuff nightmares are made of, and feel your heart ache for characters you will begin to think of as your family.
I can guarantee you, for as long as Dirk Patton is writing, I will be reading.
Having read numerous “Zombie” books and series, this rates up there with the best. This is a great series and I highly recommend it. I am now fully vested in what happens to these people. Great author. He is able to put me into the action as if I am one of the characters. To me that is what makes an outstanding author.
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 hope that they all eventually come to Audible. 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 is more obsessive about finding his wife now that he knows she still lives. Rachel? Well, I don’t want anything to happen to her but then I don’t want anything to happen to Katie either. I just want John and the women to be happy, however this plays out. Dog? Well, Dog is just really cool and I liked the small bit where we get a glimpse into Dog’s head. Nice touch.
Some scenes have brought tears to my eyes because I have grown to truly care about these people who inhabit this world. Murfreesboro and those left at the train station knowing that they were going to die but fought on. The people at Tinker, soldiers and civilians alike, knowing that they are going to die but staying behind so that others can be saved. Crawford, trying to control John but knowing it is a lost cause. I really care for them all. And am glad to be able to inhabit their world for a short time.
Some final notes. I like Joe, but he can be a real butthead. It is difficult to say if he is actually racist or just joking sometimes. I think that he does have a HUGE chip on his shoulder. Either way, he is a nice addition. And, I don’t care what anyone says I love Igor and Irina and hope to see more of them.
Another good one from Patton. Spoiler alert for those who don't actually want to know what the books about.
This one starts with John Chase awakening after the Osprey he, Kate, Rachel, Martinez, Dog, Zemeck and some ladies he rescued from the casino were traveling in. The Osprey was headed back to Tinker AFB when the EMP hit knocking it out of the air.
Chase is alone and after getting himself out he finds bodies all over the crash site and inside the plane.
His pal Gunny Zemeck is among the dead. No sign of Katie, Rachel, Martinez or Dog.
After taking a sweep of the area he does find tracks and deduces that the walkers have taken Katie and Martinez. Dog is following. Why the walker have his women he has no idea and why they haven't eaten them yet is puzzling as well.
Chase has wounds from the crash and a concusion but he won't let that stop him as he follows the trail.
So begins another great read by Patton.
This one has John Chase, Katie, Rachel, Dog, Martinez, an Osage Indian who's a virologist, horses, Johns trek to find Katie, caverns, caves, a John Chase doing the impossible, an underground river, millions of walkers headed for Tinker, Irina, Igor, Sgt. Scott, a bradley fighting machine, Col Crawford, a flight of jets, the fight to get everyone out of Tinker, Marines, Rangers, Col Pointiere, Blanchard, a John Chase with a plan and one more kick ass read from Patton.
I've been tearing through this series and have fully enjoyed each book. I even sent the author an email to thank him for writing such an incredible series full of action, surprises and refreshing takes on how the situations are handled, to which he actually responded! Made my day! But back to this book...
I won't spoil anything if you haven't read the first 6 books (which you really need to!), but this one definitely throws some twists and definitely some uncomfortable situations to the main characters. I'm not going to say whether or not they survive the book, but I will say that how Mr. Patton has his characters handle these situations is my favorite part about his writing. As I've said in previous reviews, his writing is firmly grounded in reality and though the zombie-esque infected are a thing of science fiction, the actions of the survivors are all how I would expect things to be in real life if it ever happened. This book is a freight train and is in motion from the start, but it just picks up speed and races to the end. Can't recommend it highly enough!
In today’s environment. It’s hard not to image something like millions of infected invading. Anyhow, this series is lighting up my Kindle. The Bradley is off to Idaho. The Colonels might make it to the Bahamas and the major is on another journey.
I cannot get enough of this series! I read book 1 and I was instantly hooked. I rarely buy any books at full price, but I ALWAYS pre-order the next book in this series as soon as it's available. They move along at a nice fast pace and there is always plenty of action. John Chase is the man I'd want to face the end of civilization/apocalypse/any unthinkable situation really. He's human, but at the same time he seems, well as the title says, indestructible. Not to spoil the good bits, but I actually shed a tear or two at one point in this book. I try so hard to stretch these stories out and make the enjoyment last longer but they're just too damn good to put down! If you're into 'zombies", bio-warfare, military, a little romance, and kick ass four-legged sidekicks then this series is for you. Dog lives!
A MUST READ!!!! This is my favorite of ALL Zombie Series, and I have read hundreds of Zombie books. I am not a writer and cannot begin to describe my my love for this series. The story line just gets better and better. This is a hard one to put down, as I read it in record time. I like the way you don't waste time explaining what has happened in previous books, because us diehard fans want to get right to it!! I must say I love all the characters, (I even loved the way you really made me hate Roach), but my favorite is Dog. Lots of books have dogs in them, but never has one has no much personality. The action just doesn't stop. Keep up the great work Mr. Patton!!!
Dirk Patton strikes again, book 7 bought this morning and even with a break just now writing a review. Several hours of freedom from the realities of life. Now anybody reading the V Plague series knows Mr Patton always leaves you hanging, and guess what, more of the same. Welcome to a new character by the name of Joe, hopefully he will become more important as the series grows, so back to book 7, we have a wild chase at the beginning of the story, then a scary bit where John has to save his wife, and just to cap it all off, a massive battle at Tinker base. The whole story just keeps getting better, but you are a bugger Mr Patton for that last paragraph. Looking forward to book eight, nine, ten and so on.