The story of the small group of survivors from Hotel 23 begins with them onboard the USS George Washington. Our protagonist, Kil, is sent to one of the few remaining US subs (the Virginia) on a secret mission to China to find CHANG, believed to be the first carrier of the virus. Another team of military officers is sent to Hotel 23 to secure the nuclear bomb that is housed there. We also meet a very small group of survivors from an Arctic outpost.
I’m giving this 3.5 stars because if you can kind of turn off your mind for a while, it’s an enjoyable time. However, I much preferred the first book in the series and feel that the journal format used in books 1-2 was more effective. This standard format with just a few journal entries thrown in wasn’t as compelling. And, I started to feel that the author was adding in everything and the kitchen sink. We had some malevolent force that was overseeing everything (I think it may have been AI a la Robopocalypse), aliens (I’m sick to death of references to Roswell), time travel, government and military conspiracies. There was also ALOT of military jargon that wasn’t as noticeable in the first 2 books. It was too much and took away from the core story. When we stuck to the interpersonal relationships and to the primary action (fighting zombies, duh!), it is at its’ best.
Will I continue to read this series? Yes, for now. But I hope that he goes back to basics with the next one.
Recommended for hard-core zombie or military fiction fans.