CURE: A Strandville Zombie Novel # 1 by Belinda S. Frisch
The small town of Strandville was once a safe and quiet place to live. However, several young women have recently gone missing and the only similarities between the cases seems to be their link to the Nixon Medical Center.
A miscarriage and diagnosis of a genetic condition causes the end of Miranda’s marriage. Seeking escape, she accepts a job at The Nixon Center. Her ex-husband, Scott, still loves her and did not want the divorce, but Miranda is convinced that he will have a better life with someone who can give him biological children.
Zach Keller’s young wife is dying from terminal cancer. He signs on as security guard at the Nixon Center in exchange for his wife’s admittance into their experimental cancer treatment program.
Dr. Nixon runs the treatment center. Three patients were brought to him from Haiti who have a rare disease. This disease could be considered “zombieism.” They eat raw flesh and though they are awake, they do not speak or seem to think. They are violent and unpredictable.
Convinced that he can cure cancer with their cells, Dr. Nixon will do anything, no matter how depraved or despicable, in search of his miracle cure.
Curing cancer would be an incredible boon to mankind, and all Zach can think about is saving his wife’s life. However, he begins to question whether his wife’s life is worth turning a blind eye to everything that is happening at The Nixon Center.
Miranda’s new job turns out to be a hoax. She is valuable to Dr. Nixon because of the very genetic condition that ended her marriage. He needs her eggs for his experimental treatment.
How far is too far when searching for a cancer cure? Where do you draw the line? How many lives can be sacrificed for the greater good? What would you do to save the person you love most in the world?
Is it ever justifiable to hurt or imprison unwilling participants if there is a chance that it could save millions of lives?
Exactly when does obsession begin to overtake common sense and decency?
All these questions and more are delved into in this book.
This is NOT your typical zombie novel. However, it does contain enough gore and terror to satisfy those who love that aspect of zombie fiction.
This is the first book in a series and I am looking forward to reading the next installment.
The ending did neatly wrap up this portion of the story, but readers are left wondering what is next for Miranda and Scott, as well as Zach and Allison.
My only criticism of this book lies with the editing. There are words missing in a few spots and some other minor errors. One glaring error that I did notice was that the author referred to the band Lynryd Skynyrd as “Leonard Skynard”. This could have been avoided with a simple Google search.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama – YouTube
Were it not for the editing errors I would have given this 5 stars, however, I rate CURE as 4 out of 5 stars.
To learn more about this author, visit her online at: http://belindaf.blogspot.ca