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Series: Affliction Z
Author: L. T. Ryan
Publisher: L. T. Ryan
Publication Date: 03/11/2013
Synopsis from Goodreads: Something dark lurks in the wilds of Southern Nigeria. An experiment has gone horribly wrong and threatens to wipe all traces of humanity from Earth. The remaining few who survive will succumb to a fate worse than death.
3rd Ranger Battalion, Bravo Company is sent in to assist, clean up the mess before it gets out of control.
Sean Ryder is an Air Force Pararescueman. Attached to SEAL Team 8, he believes he is on a routine rescue and recovery mission. Less than half an hour after landing in Nigeria, he knows that is not the case. And the further his mission leads him, the harder it becomes to get out alive.
Patient Zero is the first book in the zombie apocalypse / post-apocalyptic series Affliction Z.
Anything that says “zombie” in the title or description is most likely going to get me to take a second look. So when Affliction Z: Patient Zero popped up in one of my daily book deals emails, I decided to grab it while the grabbing was good. I’m certainly glad I did.
I will say that it took me three tries to actually read the book, simply because I kept getting distracted by other things. Both times I’d tried reading it before, I was still in college and in all honesty, I just didn’t have time to read for pleasure while still in school. So being that I’m out of school and have been reading like wildfire again, I decided to try it out. I started it over from the beginning and finished it in one sitting. Yep, it’s that good.
The book is only about 166 pages long (according to my Kindle for iPad app anyway) but that doesn’t stop it from being a great read. I’m constantly floored by how many different ways there are to do zombies – and I have to say, L. T. Ryan’s way is not only interesting but it’s also eerily realistic. I’m not going to say how the zombies get that way, you’ll have to read the book for yourself, but I’m betting you’ll find it just as eerie.
Sean Ryder is easily my favorite character – the fact that he’s an Air Force Special Forces doesn’t hurt at all. You get just enough background about him to understand what would drive him to survive and that’s all you really need. Complicated backstories aren’t necessary here. The book was very well thought out and very well written.
I understand there are two more books in the series, which I am definitely going to have to look into obtaining because I need to know what happens next.
A solid 5 star read – this is one zombie thriller you won’t want to miss.