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White Horse by Alex Adams
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Jul 02, 2012

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“White Horse”
Alex Adams

“White Horse” is the story of thirty-eight year old Zoe, a janitor at Pope Pharmaceuticals, who leads an ordinary life until the President of the United States announces that humans are no longer a viable species and the end of the world is at hand. Zoe sees everyone she loves disappear in the disease, war and completely crazy weather destroys the world and the people in it. Zoe starts running and ends up in a farmhouse in what uses to be a farm in what used to be Italy. In this house live 2 brothers, and the daughter of one of them. She is on her way to Greece, and from there, on again.

Just as she is about to leave the house, she realizes that the daughter is being used by both her father and her uncle for sex. Although she has to fight to do it, she decides to take Lisa with her. Taking all the food they can carry, they begin the journey. Before they have gone a day, they find a deserted church filled with corpses with horns and then an explosion roars behind them. The world has gone crazy. Monsters clad in human skin. The White Horse plague killing indiscriminately, the very earth changes shape. The few humans left have lost their humanity in the fight for what they hope is their survival.

The novel is jerky and disjointed as it switches from “then” and “now”. The purpose apparently is to put a more human face on the monsters of “now”, but it fails. After just a few pages, the characters and story line is so disturbing and downright evil, that reading further is too distasteful. The main plot of one man infecting the entire world with a virus known as White Horse never really explains what Pope hopes to gain from this experiment.

If you are a fan of the dystopia or apocalyptic genre, perhaps this will appeal to you – if you have a strong stomach and a tolerance for horror. It is a chronicle of death. Cassandra
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