by Dirk Patton Publish: Dec 03, 2013Series: V Plague (17 Book Series)
John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a routine business trip. Before leaving the airport for his hotel, he notices that things are not normal. There is a large presence of Police and Federal Agents, on high alert and much more focused than is normal, even in the post 9/11 world.
When he wakes the next morning, John is shocked to learn that America has been savagely attacked with both nuclear and biochemical weapons. He is immediately thrown into an apocalyptic horror, rescuing a young woman from a group of men who are in a violent rage as a result of the release of a devastating neurotoxin.
His path is clear. Survive and fight his way across the continent to reunite with his wife as society disintegrates into savagery and millions of people become raging infected, roaming unchecked in their pursuit of the dwindling number of survivors. But survival will be the hardest task he has ever undertaken.
So begins Unleashed, the first installment of the thrilling V Plague series. The novels are set against the backdrop of a shattered, post apocalyptic America and tell the stories of a steadily growing cast of complex characters and their battles to survive. There are numerous sub-plots of greed, brutality, betrayal, treason, heartbreak and even a serial killer woven throughout the progression of the main storyline, chronicling the best and the worst of humanity as the world crumbles.
With a main character that is the Jack Reacher of the apocalypse, this is a series that has been hailed by readers and critics alike:
“A richly textured, post apocalyptic world has been created that draws you in, grabs you by the throat and shakes you like a rag doll. Wow! I’ve read so many series that peak by the second or third book, giving up on them when the author starts recycling events and story lines. But not here! I’ve read all the books and am impatiently waiting for the next, and it just keeps getting better! New characters, new sub-plots, new dangers, new victories, new settings. Each book is fresh, continuing the best story I’ve read in years. I hope the series never ends!”
“I wasn’t, and I’m still not a zombie fan, but this series blew me away! You want zombies, you’ve got the infected. But these are all too real and possible. No mumbo-jumbo ridiculous explanation (or lack thereof) for re-animated corpses walking around to be found here. Bravo, Mr. Patton! You scare the hell out of me and keep me flipping through the pages because I can’t put your books down.”
“A devastating, completely believable end of the world as we know it scenario? Check! The guilty pleasure of the apocalypse? Check! Well written, intricately plotted with a surprise at every turn? Check! Enough action to make Chuck Norris and Rambo beg for a vacation? Check!”
“A giant breath of fresh air in a tired genre”
“What The Walking Dead should be. Cancel TWD and start filming this tomorrow!”
“Wonderful characters that are real. Some you love, some you hate and some you loathe”
"Two tours in Iraq and one in A-stan and I've met a lot of operators. This is the most realistic, true to life depiction of a bad-ass special forces operator I've ever read. They aren't superman or ninjas, they're human just like everyone else, only much more determined. Best books and best characters I've come across in years. Oorah!"
“An all too believable scenario for the end of the world”
“A beautifully written, tightly woven tale of determination to survive against all odds”
“Perfectly crafted action scenes, creeping gooseflesh suspense and sudden, laugh out loud, one-liners to keep you turning pages”
“Look up adrenaline in the dictionary and most likely you’ll see a picture of one of these books”
“Absolute genius! What a brilliantly done series. Read all the books in a week. Who needs to go to work?”
BIOGRAPHY Dirk Patton is the best selling author of the V Plague and 36 series. You can find him on the internet at www.DirkPatton.com or Twitter @DirkPatton or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FearThePlague.
He is an avid reader, gym rat and a rabid Seattle Seahawks fan (yes he was a fan even when they weren't any good). Dirk credits the Matt Helm series by Donald Hamilton and the outstanding Jane Whitefield series by Thomas Perry as the biggest influences on his writing style. He believes an author can and should keep the story moving at a fast pace without sacrificing the details and character development that make the book come alive for the reader.
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