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Apocalypse Z Trilogy Review

Apocalypse Z Trilogy:

The Beginning of The End, 5 stars out of 5.

Dark days, 3 stars out of 5.

The Wrath of the Just, 5 stars out of 5.

Manel Loureiro.

The Beginning of the End book blurb:

The dead rise…

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news—it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.

Humanity falls…

A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. Bur he never expected that his anonymous blog would ultimately record humanity’s last days.

The end of the world has begun…

Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called “Safe Havens” are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, a lone survivor will give mankind one last chance against…

Review:

This book tells the tale of the unnamed lawyer and his fight to survive, a quick overview of the plot is, the book starts with a rebel group attacking a former soviet military base, culminating in a virus being released, spreading, contaminating countries and turning people into zombies but this isn’t an epic book about humanity’s survival and the fight against the undead, it is a book predominantly about a single person struggling to stay alive in a world quickly gone to ruin as our unamed lead soon realises that in order to survive he needs to leave his home and find safety.

Without going into detail and spoiling the book, there is a decent amount of twists and turns and a small supporting cast of characters that are lead meets along the way, the best among these is Pritchenko a Ukrainian helicopter pilot who I found to be a well thought out likeable character.

This book is written in a first person style told from the eyes of the lead character as he writes in his journal along the way of his journey, this works really well as it gives the book a close, tense and at times claustrophobic atmosphere as the unnamed lawyer recounts what has been happening to him and his companions in the story and I felt that made reading the book a very personal experience.

A big mention also has to go to Lucullus, he is a great addition to the book and makes for a worthy travelling companion even though he is the lead characters fat pampered pet cat!

This is a well written enjoyable book that I highly recommend and found to be a great read.

Dark Days book blurb:

The Russian-spawned virus that kills swiftly then ghoulishly resurrects its victims as ravenous cannibals has breached international borders.

The infernal progression…

From outbreak to epidemic and pandemic to sheer panic, the virus has shredded global civilization. Promised safe havens become deathtraps, lawlessness crumbles any remaining symbol of authority, and political violence in Spain threatens to erupt in civil war.

Trapped…

In the thick of the deadly madness, the young lawyer finds himself escaping to the Canary Islands in a stolen chopper with a motley crew made up of his Persian cat Lucullus, Ukrainian pilot Viktor “Prit” Pritchenko, 17-year-old beautiful distraction Lucia, and Sister Cecilia, who was trained as a nurse. The distant isle of Lanzarote is rumored to be the only refuge out of the virus’s reach. But with relentlessly multiplying hordes of the living dead—and equally fatal human treachery—blocking their every move, their quest for survival is quickly becoming a suicide mission.

Review:

This is the sequel to The Beginning of the end and continues with the story and characters from the first book taking place directly after the events of its conclusion. I have to say that it isn’t as good and by the time it ended I was left feeling somewhat disappointed.

Its not all bad as its nice to be back with the unnamed lawyer and his companions, the 2 story arcs are different and add more depth to the world and there are some decent parts written into the book with a mysterious conclusion that leaves things open for the sequel and does leave you intrigued as to where the author goes with the story.

The main problem was that the first book was written in a first person point of view from a single character and for me as I said in my review of that book thought it worked really well giving you a tense personal fight for survival but while this sequel keeps with the first person style for both the story arcs involved it lacks the impact and emotion I felt while reading the first book and I felt disconnected from what was happening while in the first book you really felt that personnel connection as you read the unnamed lawyers journal and his struggle to survive while in Dark Days you just feel like your sat reading a book and never become completely engrossed in the story.

It’s still an adequate read but to me the book just felt far more like any other standard generic zombie novel.

The Wrath of the Just book blurb:

From apocalypse…

An act of terrorism unleashed an unspeakable biological weapon…and hell on earth. But as the masses felled by a hideous virus rose from the dead to prey on the living, a small band of survivors defied death and its ghastly spawn—determined to outrun the world’s end and somehow begin again.

To Armageddon…

But beyond the undead-besieged shores of Europe lies something closer to damnation than salvation. Rescued from certain death at sea, a young Spanish lawyer, the beautiful woman he loves, and his brash, battle-hardened best friend—who have weathered the worst of the unnatural disaster—think they’re escaping to freedom but are delivered into a stronghold of hate. In a United States ravaged by a zombie plague and overrun by the undead, only Gulfport, Mississippi, offers sanctuary…for a price: subservience to a fascist dictator and his brutal enforcers. But their reign of terror will soon be challenged—by rebels hungry for vengeance and invaders bent on conquest.

This is the third and final book in the Apocalypse Z trilogy ending the story started in The Beginning of the end and continued with Dark Days.

Review:

I really enjoyed the first book in the series but found the sequel poor in comparison and didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much, so it was with slight trepidation that I decided to read Wrath Of The Just. I really wanted to see how the story ended and what happened to the characters that I’d grown to care about over the previous 2 books but after the letdown of book 2: Dark Days, I didn’t want to be left feeling disappointed at the conclusion of the trilogy……now after finishing Wrath Of The Just I can say that my trepidation was unwarranted and after the poor middle book in the trology this is a return to form, the writing is really good, nothing dragged and I found the story flowed and moved along at a fast pace throughout the whole book.
Without spoiling the story, we continue the adventure of the 4 main characters in the trilogy, the unnamed lawyer, Prit, Lucia and Lucullus. Yes, I’m including Lucullus the cat as a main character, he is in all 3 books, plays a big part in the trilogy and in my opinion is deserving of being classed as a main character.

The actual story itself is intriguing, action packed and in places emotional and after a harrowing journey spanning 3 books and nearly a 1000 pages this is a great ending to the trilogy.

Overview:

While this series does have some flaws, namely the lacklustre (in my opinion) second book it truly is a great read for any zombie or post apocalyptic fans out there, the characters are on the whole are all well thought out and you really care about their fates as you journey along with them.

Highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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