First allow me to say that I am sick unto death of the “virus-created zombie” plot device.
Fortunately for author JG Hicks, Jr., these are not that.
Omega Protocol: The Beginning
I actually started the sequel first and realized I needed to back up to get a full grasp of the plot. I enjoy survival stories and this is a great appetizer, so to speak, for the further development in the sequel. The idea of a virus being tailored for military purposes isn’t a new one, but the author takes it in a totally unexpected direction. Good stuff–if you’re into zombies (though this isn’t a zombie tale!) or plagues and pathogens, you should give this a read.
Omega Protocol: Mayhem
The trek begun by Jim Matthews and his family in the first installment continues here. Along the way they pick up compatriots, deal with multiple sorts of enemy, and do lots and lots of shooting 🙂 We’re also given quite a bit of backstory on the raging SCAR virus, which could command a book all its own.
This installment builds tremendously on the first and is action-packed from the beginning. My only quibbles are that the proofreading slips quite a bit toward the end (hi! I proofread!), and that the ending is (understandably but frustratingly!) a cliffhanger. Can’t wait to see how this continues.
When I started reading this book, I was a bit put off by the style. I’m not accustomed to reading serial-killer stories from the viewpoint of the killer anyway, and the sentence construction made me think the killer was simple-minded.
I could not have been more wrong.
When Jake decides it’s time to add to his ‘doll collection,’ and his attention fixes on his new coworker Cassandra, he shows just how competent he is. He ingratiates himself into her life by degrees, both through personal contact and anonymous methods–texts, emails, pornographic videos, even murder. Jake doesn’t just stalk Cassandra, he utterly breaks her. Then the police get involved, and Jake gets more than he could have hoped for…
As a former librarian I’m a wee bit nitpicky about the grammar in spots, but that aside, this is a fascinatingly complex and creepy story. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down till I’d finished. I see this is first in a series, and I’m looking forward to the next installment–I’d love to get more of the “inside the mind of the killer” perspective!
Dearest Cassandra by Royal Henry Bleu is available here.
There are not enough Lovecraftian Westerns in fiction. Thankfully, Steven Shrewsbury is helping to fix that, and my thoughts are right here.
So, I discovered that Brooke Warra had a short story in the Kindle store and yeah, I had to read it. Us asylum-running inmates have to stick together!
Amazon: Oona | my review
Author James Fuller was kind enough to gift me a Kindle copy of his latest work, What Remains. You can read my review right here.