Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Plague War by Jeff Carlson

Plague War
Jeff Carlson
July 29, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-441-01617-4

From the Publisher’s site:
Researcher Ruth Goldman has developed a vaccine with the potential to inoculate the world’s survivors against the nanotech plague that devastated humanity. But the fractured U.S. government will stop at nothing to keep it for themselves.
My thoughts:
Ruth Goldman is a scientist living in a post-apocalyptic world where a nano-tech plague has destroyed anything warm-blooded and living below 10,000 feet. There are few survivors, but Ruth has developed a vaccine that may be their only hope for a future. Against the odds, she and another survivor, Cam, brave the devastation along with Newcombe, a soldier who trained in the Army Special Forces. They pick their way through what was once beautiful land to those who remain alive in the mountains. It’s the only way to spread the vaccine, especially with a government that doesn’t want to see that happen.

Cam Najarro has lost a lot to the plague, but he believes in what Ruth is doing to stop it from destroying what little is left. He’d follow her anywhere, and do anything to keep her safe. There’s no one that they trust more than each other, and despite the government’s protests Cam intends on seeing things through to the end.

This is a sequel to Plague Year and picks up with Ruth and Cam working along with a soldier to spread the vaccine. Despite injuries, immense danger and horrendous conditions, they won’t let anything stop them from doing everything possible to save what’s left of humanity. Mr. Carlson shares a well-written and riveting tale that draws a spark of hope out of the midst of despair. Nicely paced, tension filled, and thoroughly believable, Plague War is easily a worthwhile read.

If you’d like to learn more about Plague War and read the first chapter, you can stop by Mr. Carlson’s site: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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