Review: The Last Plague by Rich Hawkins

Book Description:

A pestilence has fallen across the land. Run and hide. Seek shelter. Do not panic. The infected WILL find you.

When Great Britain is hit by a devastating epidemic, four old friends must cross a chaotic, war-torn England to reach their families. But between them and home, the country is teeming with those afflicted by the virus – cannibalistic, mutated monsters whose only desires are to infect and feed.

THE LAST PLAGUE is here.

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The Last Plague is the first part in Rich Hawkins’ apocalyptic trilogy and it sets the stage for the next two books, The Last Outpost and The Last Soldier. Four friends go away to a cabin for a weekend-long bachelor party and when they head home, everything has changed. Will they get home? Will they get the chance to be reunited with their families and loved ones?

This. This is the book nightmares are made of. Not only do you have people running for their lives, trying to survive the end of the world, but every time they appear to be safe and get a chance to come to terms with what is happening in the world, something happens to take that security away from them. What you think is a standard end of the world zombie story turns out to be so much more. Huge, terrifying things appear in the sky and cannibalistic “monsters” roam the earth.

The beginning of this book is slow and it’s supposed to be. It allows you to get to know the protagonists and sets you up for what is to come. I hope that as I dive into the next book in the series, I get an explanation as to who these things are and how they came about. Hawkins does a great job of dropping little hints throughout the story, so I hope my hunches are right.

In most zombie novels, the reader knows the limitations of the monsters. Maybe they can’t open doors or maybe they can’t climb stairs and if you’re really quiet, the zombies tend to go away. The monsters in The Last Plague are completely different. You may be able to hide, but not for long.

This is a very gritty, intense story and Hawkins barely allows the reader to catch his breath before sending the protagonists off to face danger again. It is not for the faint of heart, but should you choose to take the journey, you’re in for a wild ride.

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