“Forty-seven days ago, more than ninety-nine percent of the population had been killed within an impossibly short period of time. Right across the wor...more“Forty-seven days ago, more than ninety-nine percent of the population had been killed within an impossibly short period of time. Right across the world, without any warning or explanation, the pattern was repeated as billions of lives were inexplicably ended-snuffed out and switched off with neither dignity nor malice, unimaginable numbers of innocent people discarded and abandoned and left to rot where they’d fallen.”
37 survivors huddle together in an underground military bunker. The soldiers stay well away fron the survivors, they have protective suits and air masks on anytime they are above ground or near the survivors. Above ground thousands and thousands of the dead converge on the area where the bunker is. Problems start to arise as the dead start to block off the air vents. The military is forced to go above round and get rid of the dead. At first it looks like the soldiers may be gaining the upper hand as the hit the dead with flame throwers and bullets until the dead break through the line and start to over-run the bunker. The survivors and tow of the soldiers are forced to flee in a hurry. The survivors drive in their small convoy for some time before stopping on the outskirts of a small town. They take refuge in a pub. Not long after the survivors settle down to rest they get some unexpected visitors. A helicopter lands and a man and woman climb out of the helicopter. Karen and Richard explains that there are other survivors hiding out at an airfield. They tell them that they know of a small island not far off shore that they are in the process of clearing the dead off of. They invite the group to go with them. The survivors know they can’t stay where they are but can they trust the two strangers? Eventually they realize they have no choice and follow the two strangers back to the airfield. The tip to the airfield is fraught with danger as the dead continue to follow. Getting everyone to the island is not going to be as easy as they first hoped. The dead start amassing by the thousands outside the airfield. This is the third book in the Autumn series. Another edge of you seat nail biter that keeps the reader turning pages. Great series.(less)
"There were no warnings and no explanations." When the alarm sounded the soldiers did what they had trained many times for, they loaded up their gear a...more"There were no warnings and no explanations." When the alarm sounded the soldiers did what they had trained many times for, they loaded up their gear and moved out in large transports. No one knew exactly what was going on but everyone feared the world as they knew it would never be the same. Donna Yorke was already at work that Tuesday morning when the nightmare began. She watched 4 of her co-workers suddenly start choking and falls dead within minutes. As she looks out of her 10Th floor office window at the city below she sees hundreds falling dead on the street. Donna at first goes out to look for survivors. Not finding any she returns to the office building and locks herself in and waits. It was on the third day that she discovered that some of the dead were now on their feet moving about the office. Jack Baxter was on his way home from work that Tuesday morning when it all happened. His bus ride home was normal until each of the passengers including he bus driver suddenly die. As Jack stumbles home and seeing total devastation around him, fears that he may be the only one to survive. After a few days Jack heads into the city to look around. After hollering for someone to answer him one lone young school girl comes out of the shadow. Paul Castle had also been at work when customers and co-workers died. After a few days he was running out of food so he is also forced deeper into the city. Finally after finding some food and taking a rest he happens to look up and sees light on the 10th floor of a tall office building. "And where there was light, he quickly decided, there had to be people." Donna, Paul, Jack and Clare will eventually converge on the college campus in the center of the city. Thinking that finally they have found safety, all the survivors soon realize that they may not be safe anywhere. The reader is kept on the edge of their seat. I found myself holding my breath through much of the novel. The story is creepy and yet heartbreaking when everyone has lost everything but their will to survive is strong. You have to wonder is surviving really worth it in the end?(less)
"Billions died in less than twenty-four hours. William Price was one of the first."
William Price and his wife die in 4 minutes after becoming infected...more"Billions died in less than twenty-four hours. William Price was one of the first."
William Price and his wife die in 4 minutes after becoming infected with an unknown virus. One minute after that the whole street is dead. Carl Henshawe was on his way home from work when he realized something was horribly wrong. One moment he was listening to music on the radio and then total silence. Cars start running off the road right in front of him. He tries to call the police but no one answers. In fact he is unable to call anyone. Fearing the worst for his family he hurries home. On the way he watches as people just suddenly fall over dead. As he arrives home his worst fears are confirmed when he finds his wife and daughter dead. Michael Collins watches a classroom of 16 year olds suddenly fall over dead. Before he can even get out of the school everyone is dead. Emma Mitchell is at the drugstore when the virus hits. Everyone in the store suddenly falls ill and dies in less than a minute. Scared and not knowing what else to do she returns to her apartment. "She went into her room, drew the curtains on the nightmare outside, got back into her bed and pulled the covers over her head." As the day draws on, the few remaining survivors are all huddled together at the Whitchurch Community Center. At first no one speaks, they are still shell-shocked. Gradually as the hours pass the small group realize that the worse is still to come as some of the dead start to rise. Three of the survivors decide they need to leave the safety of the community center. They believe it will be safer if they are outside of the city. The small group spends the day traveling as far away from the city as they can get. They take refuge at a farm where the owners are now dead. The trio realize too late that they may have been better off staying in the city.
This is a great story. This is the first book in a series of 5. Mr. Moody does an excellent job of creating horror and fear without the usual "gross out and gore" you find in most novels such as this.(less)