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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  283 ratings  ·  65 reviews
They helped destroy the world. Now they have to survive the new one.

For rentboy Nico Fernández, it’s a simple job: seduce a presidential advisor to help cement approval to launch Project Juggernaut. He’s done similar work for General Logan McClosky before, and manipulating people for his favorite client beats the hell out of being trafficked for slave wages in some
ebook, 1 edition, 378 pages
Published August 10th 2015 by Riptide Publishing (first published August 8th 2015)
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If there was one book that really stood out for me in 2014, it was Amelia C. Gormley's Strain. It was a masterpiece, with a very well-written post-apocalyptic setting, a romance that pushed my boundaries, and an in-depth look at the extent to which humans will fall in order to survive. So when I found out that their would be a prequel, I was over the moon. 'Juggernaut', while very different from Strain, was a great prequel.

This book begins a few months before the virus outbreak, and shows what
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, arc
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book, and it added so much to my understanding of the first book. I really liked knowing what happened, and why, and the roles Nico and Zach played in events to come. I liked seeing how events changed, and didn't change both characters. I really appreciated the role Zach's faith played in his life especially after seeing how damaging faith could be in the hands of his father and brother. The
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, dystopian, dark-edgy
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Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
4.5 stars

OMG this book was so good. I loved it way more than Strain. I definitely understand way more. While it's not a requirement to read this as a follow-up, I highly recommend reading it. It really makes your understand the events that happen in Strain. This book introduces the end of the world that we know and two important people are introduced in the series. Nico & Zach. Oh my goodness just thinking about them has me tearing up. They are such a cute couple, but it takes alot for them
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military
Thoroughly enjoyed. Great world building. Off to re read book 1. Looking forward to book 2!
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
All the five stars on Prism Book Alliance

So lemme tell you a story about this story. Despite my absolute belief in, love of, and immense enjoyment from Strain, I didn’t have automatic immediate buy-in to this story. This is a prequel, telling us how The Rot came to be as played out in book one. I think I enjoyed this story even more because I didn’t experience the insta-love. Why? Because it meant I experienced everything honestly, without a rose colored haze. I had to be convinced. And, boy,
3.5 stars.

Having read and enjoyed Strain, I was, however, left with questions. Like, how exactly the Bane virus spread so fast and so far? Why the plans for the Jug troops went so wrong?

Well, Juggernaut answers those questions and many more, in details. I loved that. There was lots of back-story, the descriptions of the world existing before the pandemic. Niko, who was described as a rentboy, but was in reality more like an astute businessman, played quite a big role in administering the Jug
Joseph Tonlet
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jeez! I didn't think it was possible to fall in love with this Strain Universe more than I already had, but Juggernaut did just that. Fucking per-fect! I can't even... Gah, it's SO GOOD! Amelia, you've got yourself a new fanboy!
Steph ☀️
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Warning: Triggers include noncon sadism, emotional and psychological abuse.

I really enjoyed this couple and the struggle they endured not only together, but separately as well. IMO, very well done :)
Juggernaut is the prequel to Strain. They can both be read as standalone novels but they absolutely need to be read before Bane. I was very impressed with the world that the author created here. Every question I had after reading Strain was answered. Even the fact that zombies were called revenants is given a reason.

If you enjoy the world-has-gone-to-shit-because-of-a-virus theme, you’ll geek out with pleasure with this book. I loved the fact that it wasn’t just a pile of scientific mambo jumbo
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian
Well written with really good character development and world building, and a great storyline. Rather than picking up where Strain left off with Darius and Rhys, we start with new characters (Nico and Zach) at the beginning of the world event.

My reasons for slightly "disliking" this installment of the Strain series were personal. While I didn't think much about the religious side story of Zach's family, when it developed as an internalized part of Zach it just irritated me to no end. The other
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
As far a prequels go Juggernaut is excellent. I'm not overly fond of prequels but this was just exceptional. It's not as gritty and dark as Strain, but it's well worth the time to find out how this dystopian world was really created.

Once again Amelia C. Gormley's excellent writing skills and creativity were what made this book so good.

The one thing I like the most about this book is how all the separate sub-plot were woven together to make for one excellent read. Not only that but the
Connie Cat
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorite-series
The book lost steam for me at about the 60% mark. The romance between Nico and Zach was really of secondary importance against the backdrop of revenants and flesh-eating disease and survival in a new world. The exposition at the end of this book was a little... ummm... lazy? I was looking forward to a showdown with Littlewood *snicker* but I guess that's still coming. Moving on to a re-read of a favorite of mine - Strain. Will it still be a favorite a year after my first read?
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hello! I reviewed Juggernaut for the blog. You may read it here.

It's not a "happy" book, but it is a great set up for what is to come. If you've not read the first book Strain, it's not necessary as this is a sort of prequel, but you'll probably want to by the end of this one. The third book, Bane, will be coming out shortly and they'll all interconnect into one, hopefully, amazing punch to the throat to all the bad people that even thought of creating a super soldier.

I gave this 3.5 stars...
This book has renewed my love of zombie books, I'm on the hunt for more now! This is the prequel to Strain, a post-apocalyptic dystopian story about a virus that's killed billions of people. It begins a few months before the virus outbreak and explains how it all happened and who was behind the outbreak. As in the first book, the world building is really detailed and believable, everything is exceptionally well thought out and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire way through. I'm glad I ...more
3.5 rounded down. I already know that I like the premise from the first book, so seeing the start of everything was interesting. But I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if the pacing wasn't so uneven. Plus it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I'm definitely itching for the next instalment.
4.5 amazing stars

It took a little while to get into the story as we start off before the Bane outbreak. I felt so bad for Zack having to deal with his zealot father and brother. Thankfully Nico comes across his home...but he's already infected with the alpha strain and has become a Jug.

They set off to find the only human safe-zone and end up in a struggle for their lives. The end is a little disappointing and there's no real HEA.

I look forward to reading the conclusion Bane to see if Zach and

4.75 stars

I love zombie-ish tales. This one was awesome. It totally kept my full attention the entire time. Most zompoc stories that I've read seem to pick up after the world has went down the toilet leaving a few survivors fighting for their lives. This book is about the outbreak. It's an inside look at the government designed virus. The reader gets to witness how the world was shaped, how
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought-to-read
Absolutely phenomenal prequel to Strain and an absolute must read in the wonderful apocalyptic universe Ms. Gormley has created.

Well crafted, flawlessly executed, well developed characters in a not too far, insane future. We get the gritty on how this all came about and the intricacies of it all. We experience, in delicious detail, the all too real world of the future before the inevitable apocalypse due to our incredible greed. The cause of all wars boils down to greed.

Our two MCs, Zach and
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I've been thinking about how to rate this for a few days now, but I'm still having a hard time doing it.
Strain was one of the biggest surprises and highlights for me last year. I went in without any expectations and it seriously blew me away with how spectacular it was. I loved the deliciously wrong fuck-or-die scenario, I loved Darius and Rhys as a couple, I loved the sheer fucked-up-ness of the whole world described in this book. It was something different, something new, something daring and
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review @Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

It’s no secret that I have a thing for dark, creepy and apocalyptic books. Juggernaut promised all that and more. And I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed in the least. In fact, I absolutely loved this book. It was brilliant.

I liked Nico from the start. He’s not the kind of poor, helpless rentboy in desperate need of a saviour we usually see in this genre. He’s in the business out of his own free will and he knows how to defend himself when the
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
So interesting! It's an apocalypse. I loved it and can't wait to read the follow up.

This book is a prequel to Strain. It takes place years before and explains how the virus began.

Amelia's idea and development of this story just astounds me. Biowarfare gone horrifically wrong. And now the world has been thrown into an apocalyptic state. The virus has mutated and now exists in three separate strains, two of them horrifically fatal. Supplies are limited and rationed. Marshall-law has been
Veronica of V's Reads
This is the "prequel" book to STRAIN, a post-apocalyptic dystopian future story about survivors of a virus that killed billions. In Juggernaut we see the world before and immediately after the viral outbreak. If you have read STRAIN (published a year ago), there are no spoilers below. If you haven't, well, I don't think I give away more than the blurb will tell you....

This story is set approximately 100 years into the future, when long military campaigns had decimated the recruitment of
T.M. Smith
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nico Fernandez is the son of the most powerful Sanctioned Madam; he is also her most valued employee. Nico sees how the people that don’t have the opportunities he has suffer and he truly wants to help any way he can. Poverty is prolific and Nico is spared that type of life, until he unwittingly helps a family friend, also a sometimes lover, unleash the virus that now plagues humanity.

Zach Houtman is the son of the most powerful Zealot in this post-apocalyptic world. As a former minister turned
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc
4.5 Amazing stars!

I know some people wonder whether they can read this book if they haven't read Strain, and the answer is YES! I haven't read Strain myself, and I didn't feel like I missed anything. There were no characters whom I wondered about, or any feeling that there's something hinted at that happened in Strain and I'm not going to figure it out in Juggernaut. This is by all means a standalone novel. WARNING!!! This novel ends with a cliffhanger the size of Europe, so you'll need to read
Love Bytes Reviews
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Heart Review by Amber

There is absolutely no denying how much I absolutely loved Strain. I was not expecting how amazing that book was…so when I realized more books in the series were coming out, I was absolutely on board. Juggernaut is essentially the events leading up to Strain. This book fills in the back history and gaps that Strain had left behind. It’s funny I never realized I had questions that needed answered until I read Juggernaut, major points to the phenomenal author on that
I'm not sure why the author made this such a long book. (view spoiler) ...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
It has been over a year and a half since I read Strain. It is still one of the darker, grittier books that I have ever read. Juggernaut is the prequel to that dark world. This second (first) book in the Strain series does something that I wish I read more of. Gormley walks her readers through the beginnings and then the fallout that led to the world that her characters are fighting to bring back from the brink of extinction due to a military/government introduced pandemic. I loved reading how ...more
4.5 Stars

Okay, yeah, this prequel was much more informative about the political climate in this futuristic setting, as well as being interesting and hella angsty at the same time. I did like seeing the origin of the whole Bane outbreak (even if it meant having to deal with Jacob and his asshole father for some of it) and how the Jugs became exiles after having helped the survivors rebuild/improve living conditions in the quarantine zone and overthrow the crooked government (sort of).

The next
Widya Vello
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the very prequel of strain series. Now I have a clear picture how the virus got spread. I like the relationship of Nico and Zach. Both of them are very strong character, though I like the dynamic of Darius and Rhys's ship more.
I like the slight appearance of Jugs like Darius and the gang, especially Kaleo's role in here's significant enough.
Overall it's so thrilling, wicked and gore but still have romance element. Once more make me choose this series as the best MM zombies-apocalypse.
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