Author: L.J. Hasbrouck
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: Novel (382pgs)
Publisher: Nine Star Press (January 14, 2019)
Heat Level: Low – Moderate
Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts
Blurb: Brian Jameson doesn’t even get a chance to pick a college before a worldwide pandemic breaks out—and his home is Ground Zero. After losing his parents and sister in a whirlwind of devastation, Brian’s war-veteran grandfather takes him under his wing. But when desperate looters attack Brian’s new home, he and his grandfather must flee into a wintery Midwestern wasteland now populated by intelligent infected known as “Stalkers.”
These ghoulish creatures don’t shamble in hordes—they hide in the darkness waiting to strike, teeth bared in ghastly grins. And they laugh while they’re ripping you to shreds.
But with his grandfather’s training, Brian makes it to the home of his estranged childhood friends, twins Louis and Eva. And Brian gets a chance to experience something else he nearly missed: falling in love. Drawn to the determined—and ruthless—Louis, Brian escapes with him in search of an island paradise away from the relentless snow and infected.
But even if they make it there, it may not be the haven they’re hoping for.
Review: After losing his family to devastating virus that breaks out into a pandemic that is widespread. The humans are infected by bite or being scratched. They are ghoulish in appearance and laugh constantly even while being killed.
He meets up with his grandfather and together they head toward a friend that his grandfather knows along with two twins that he’s known since childhood but something happened between him and Louis that separated the two families long ago. Louis was a bit crazy and aggressive to me. I never understood why if he liked Brian why he treated him the way he did.
The group heads out after many heartbreaking losses toward an island Louis knows about. There are many dangers along the way and many deaths along with how humans react to an end of the world situation. The whole story reminded me of the t.v. show the walking dead.