Friday, November 21, 2014

DISEASE by M.F. Wahl

5 Stars

Humanity's war against the living dead has been lost. In the wake of the apocalypse, the living fight fiercely for what little they have. 

In this hell-on-earth Casey, armed with a baseball bat, and joined by a mute boy named Alex, struggles to survive. When a man named Danny stumbles upon them, it's mistrust at first sight – but times are desperate. Danny leads them to a thriving settlement where danger lurks beneath the guise of kindness. 

It's kill or be killed in a world where power is life, and the earth is overrun by walking dead.


The story is a tale of survival.  Man against the world.
           The world has deteriorated and the dead now roam the earth. It begins with a young woman, Casey and a 9 y/o boy, Alex, who doesn’t talk, fight to stay alive after no one else in their group has survived.  It’s quite apparent from the beginning that these two have a bond as they are able to communicate without words. Unexpectedly, they meet up with a pack, lead by Danny, who at first rough houses them, but in turn offers them possible salvation. 

          Sadly, this salvation is run by Lot, a narcissist woman who only cares about power and what others can do for her and her elite group. Their base is in a hotel where everything seems perfect. Children go to classes, bonds are built and there is even military style protection but most of all there is plenty of food. Only there is ugliness behind these walls that most don’t know about unless they challenge Lot. Once that happens, they see the monster behind the facade. Casey thought the real threat was outside with the zombies but the war has just begun. The true monsters are called humans. This is all I want to give away as to not spoil what happens next.

          This book was such an easy read that the pages flew by. I liked how M. F. Wahl explained what was transpiring by getting to the point without dragging on with long drawn out descriptions. That fit the mood of the story. The author’s word choice of accounts engrossed me; ex: “Cannibalizing itself” was used to portray Casey’s hunger or “slither” to depict an untrustworthy person’s movements. This allows for remarkable visualization. 

          What I really liked about this tale was the topic of other issues rather than the typical zombie battle, different types of zombies or hunger. There was the discussion of the actual plague, diseases and parasites. I can appreciate when an author goes beyond simply stating an illness but actually gives an accurate report of the sickness as it was done with tetanus. Mainly, the characters were well developed and the storyline was well thought out. That’s what took this book to the next level for me.

So I have to give this book top notch. Disease drew me in and held me captive. M. F. Wahl gave me another horror author to follow.  I cannot wait for the author’s next installment of books. 

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