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Being in the military and from idaho I really enjoyed this book , it have great twists and turn in it from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a zombie or doomsday kinda person.
This one starts with John Chase rescuing Katie, Irina and Rachel from the Russian who had them.
With a little help from Titus he, Rachel and Irina make it to a manhole. Katie had gone infected and John had knocked her out. He tied Katie to himself and he and the others jump down into the river. The underground river has a strong current and they are separated.
All of them make it to an island in the middle of the river though separately. Its freezing cold and snowing. All are dealing with possible hypothermia as they are all soaking wet and freezing.
Katie gets John to the others who had found a small cave then she leaves. The others manage to make a small fire using gunpowder from bullets as a starter and a Bic lighter John had. They manage to get their clothes half dry and war up. That's when they hear the Russian helicopters.
So begins another great read.
This one has John, Rachel, Katie, Irina, Colonel Blanchard, Admiral Packard, Simpson the computer specialist who has assisted John in the past, her boyfriend who turns out to be a Russian spy, a spy who is with her for what info he can gather from her, a team of Navy SEALs on a mission, a team of SEALS who find a survivor on that mission, a survivor who has survived the plague has red eyes but is as lucid ad anyone, a survivor who's also mensa intelligent, a survivor who will prove to be of great value to the survivors, a John who ends up at the front, American military in a battle with the Russians, Admiral Packard who's based in Hawaii, the US Navy in a fight with Russian submarines, an America that can't use its nuclear weapons, Russians who can use theirs, John and a group of Rangers on a mission for Admiral Packard, a mission that will enable America to fight back, a Russia that want the surrender of America and all of its military and forces or they will use nuclear bombs, they also want Major John Chase, an Admiral Packard who has no choice but to comply, a Chase who will allow himself to be taken by the Russians to save as many as he can, Lucas in Australia, doing a bit of work for John, Igor and Dog surviving, a Lucas who calls Igor on the Sat phone Crawford had given him, a Lucas who fills Igor in on John and Igor thinking he and Dog will head for Mother Russia, and attack on Russia which takes them completely by surprise, death, destruction, some heroic soldiers and Major John Chase and America finally kicking some Russian Ass.
Oorah! Hooah! Hooyah! It's about time the remaining military get in there and kick some major ass!
It's always enlightening to read these scenes where the Major is in up to his boot straps and he and the men with him have to figure a way out. I always learn something every time I read these books. My husband is a prior Marine and I'll ask him random (for me) questions about some gun or missile or protocol and he's all, "What are you asking that for?" "My not-a-zombie book" I tell him. Then he feels this brotherhood or affinity for these men in a book that he's never met and only heard me tell him about and he goes into more detail and once again I get a first hand view by a member of our military. Oorah to that brotherhood crossing fictional borders.
So many of these books have been about the day to day struggle to survive. This one felt completely different to me. This one felt like a book about a brother and sisterhood determined to live. Yes there were still the same challenges, but they were tackled head on by teams and in a different way. People were still lost, but their lives mattered. Their accomplishments made the differences for the rest of the team.
We see very little of our core cast of characters in this book, but I don't feel it's at all to the detriment of the book or the series itself. It almost helps to put things better into perspective.
I am a fan. I've been a fan since I picked up Voodoo Plague and hoped it was about voodoo. I truly hate zombie books. I can't stress that enough. Thank goodness this is not a zombie series! It is without question one of the most masterful series I have ever read. Ever. About anything. Dirk is an amazing author and I've been following him since he only had one release. He only gets better. I love each book more than the one before.
If you hate zombies the way I do, if The Walking Dead makes you hide, if World War Z was not your cup of tea, pick these up. You will be doing yourself a favor. Just remember, they are infected. Not zombies. If you love zombies then what the hell are you waiting for? No one can out-zombie (not zombie) the master. No. One.
If you haven't started at the beginning, go get Voodoo Plague and discover the magic of Dirk Patton. You'll be in for the literary adventure of your life.
Another awesome book in the V Plague series!! With Katie, Rachael, Martinez and Irina captured by the Russians, John moves in to rescue them. The firefight that ensues ends with Martinez dead and a lot of Russians, John was in shock as right in the middle of the firefight, Katie turned. Blood red eyes staring back at John. She had saved his life, even after turning. Part of her was still there. But they needed to get away from the Russians that would be coming in response to the firefight, if they hoped to live.
While John and his small group are fighting to get away from the Russians, the remaining military have returned to America to try and push the Russians out. With what is left of America's aircraft and Naval fleet, they launch and all out attack on the Russians, sending hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles to destroy the infrastructure needed by the Russians. In return for this, the Russians up the ante. The launch nuclear weapons to take out the two remaining aircraft carriers and their support ships. They then launch nuclear weapons towards the base of military operations in Hawaii. Anti-missile missiles take out all but one warhead which the Russians self destruct to make their demands of surrender. Given 24 hours to comply or they will nuke every American left.
With signs of Russian agents on the base at Hawaii, things come to a critical path when one of the most important people allowing the US military that is left to succeed is now under suspicion of being a Russian agent. A weapon that could give the American's a chance to counter the Russians, save those that are left, but they have to get the weapon to work in time.
This is a must read book in a must read series. The whole series is so well written and it is obvious that the person writing it is extremely knowledgeable in what he is writing about. It will be a sad day when Dirk has written the last of the V Plague series.
This is one of the best apocalyptic series I've read. I started it with a lot of cynicism, as I do all books and series - because I read so much - but Patton had won me over by the middle of the first book (though I didn't admit it to myself until the second book).
This series has a plot that keeps on track and it has easily-followed sub-plots shifting around all throughout the series to keep the story interesting. The characters are lovable. Every book in the series is exciting in its own, unique way and is not just more of the previous book. The overall story progresses naturally and yet is surprising in that it's not a typical, apocalyptic zombie story.
At this point, I can see things winding up into a great climax! I'm hoping this doesn't turn into one of those apocalyptic stories that never ends, because I'm really enjoying it and can see a few great ways he can end it. He had enough imagination, clearly, that he can start a new great series. I hope that's what he does. Because what a great, great series he has here, but if he makes it never-ending then, well, it changes from being a great series to being one of those never-ending apocalyptic serials of money-making books, like a soap-opera, and it would lose its charm.
At this point, however, I highly, highly recommend reading it
I'm on book 12 of 12 in this series. So obviously I must enjoy the story. Dirk Patton is a solid writer, and while the plot often goes off into things I don't really care about, it always comes back around. One thing that's hard to avoid noticing, though - the author has cast himself as the primary character. As such, it seems a little awkward at times that John Chase is such an amazing fellow. Every man wants to be him, every woman wants to be with him. And the women don't seem to mind sharing him. More men than women left on the planet and he is taking all of them, LOL. Seriously, though, there does seem to be a lot of his ego in this series but then, it's his story and there's no reason he can't do that. And I am pretty sure I'd enjoy meeting the author over a beer or on the shooting range. This is a different sort of take on the "zombie apocalypse" genre. If you enjoy the ones where there's a small group struggling to survive (ala The Walking Dead) this may not be for you, but if you are a military vet or military buff, you may enjoy it. As an Air Force vet, I find myself laughing out loud at times at the jabs he takes at us, but that's just how we all are. If I wrote a book there's probably be a few pokes at the grunts in it!
Stop reading reviews. Just stop. Just go to the first book in the series, get your self comfortable and start reading. Kiss the wife, tell the kids you love them, and that you won't be available for the next week.
Yes, it's that kind of book.
When I saw the pre purchase come up for this novel, I didn't even hesitate to click purchase. I have kindle unlimited but didn't care. I wanted this book. I kept checking my library to see when it would show up.
It's that good. It's like christmas came early.
I'm not going to give much away because it's not fair if you haven't started at the beginning. This is one of the best zombie series out there. On par ( slightly better I personally think) than walking dead.
It doesn't get bogged down in military jumble, it's got a great story, and it makes you proud to be an American.
Soto sum it up it's got guns, zombies, cursing, hot chicks, the might of the American armed forces, stuff gets blown up, and the story keeps you hooked. Dirk Patton sure knows how to leave you wanting more. He's like heroine, first hit is free and then your chasing the dragon.
About time America at a win after loosing so much. In any case, this is real world scenarios being played out with the virus, military and just fortitude to just push through when there is no end in site.
The author knows his stuff regarding military but I was getting tired of the constant references to military everything, I know more about military hardware, ordinance, etc than I ever expected. But come on... the cigarette addiction got tiring. I get it. The author must smoke (or worked for a cigarette company at some point in his life) because wow, so much smoking love. Got tired of reading about it so for the most part I skipped over it.
Got a little confusing with the infected and their ever evolving state. Why hate on men? Blind, perpetually stupid and bumbling cannon fodder for the intelligent, crafty devious women infected who were superior in every way. Also got tiring to see that the male infected were just pawns and worth little overall in the story.
10 books was a lot to get through but overall I enjoyed the story. Not your grammies zombie story, that's for sure. Definitely worth the read if you enjoy zombie stories that are a little different from the run of the mill zombie/apocalypse read.