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INTO THE DARKNESS – Darkness Falls – Book One

By: Kira Adams

Genre: Horror

Length: 185 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review:

Colonel Ike Glass is married and has a seven year old daughter. It is them that he is thinking of on the day the government calls him into a secret meeting in a Nevada bunker to inform him of their plan to end the war in the Gaza strip by releasing a engineered ebola-like virus known as E1M2. It is a mixture of ebola and rabies and is amazingly potent and effective.

The government foresees losing two thirds of the population of Israel, which they deem acceptable. But Ike isn’t so sure. How would they contain the virus at the borders? How would they stop it from spreading into outlying countries? What if it travelled worldwide? What does this mean for his family?

When their test subject, who everyone had thought deceased escapes and begins attacking people, a lockdown of the facility is instituted. Ike’s main concern is his family. With them in mind he escapes the lockdown.

Sergeant Ace Cullen is a loyal Army man. He lives and breathes by the strict rules of military life and he is a firm believer in chain-of-command and in following orders without question. He is also in attendance at the bunker when the virus is revealed and then accidentally released.

Somehow the virus escapes into the populace and Nevada residents are told that it was released by terrorists. They are told to remain calm, stay indoors and report anyone who exhibits symptoms to the CDC.

Phoenix Blue knows about the recommendation to stay indoors, but has a date and she just wants a night of mindless sex to take her mind off the string of terrible relationships she has had. “A terrorist unleashed virus does little to scare me.” She figures that since transmission is through bodily fluids, so she only has to worry if her blind date happens to be infected. With Phoenix’s tattoos and nose ring she has very little in common with either Ace or Ike.

Until the day he saved her life, Ike had never met Phoenix Blue, but despite that, she feels an instinctive trust in the older, bi-racial man.

With infected people dying and then somehow becoming reanimated, Ike, Cullen and Phoenix must find a way to survive. Strangers must learn to rely on each other or perish.

This story is full of action and I was pulled into the plot. Even though Phoenix should not be a likable character, her back story explains why she is the way she is, and I couldn’t help rooting for both her and Ike to survive.

It ends on a cliffhanger that will have readers wanting to get their hands on the next book immediately. I know I definitely want to read Book Two.

The book is good, but it is in need of polishing. There are typos and some small grammatical and editorial errors that bothered me. However, most people would probably not have noticed them and because they are not major plot issues, they do not detract from the story itself. However, it is because of those errors that I cannot give this book a 5 star rating. Instead, I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Those readers who enjoy horror and/or zombie fiction and who love a good action/thriller will appreciate this book.

The storyline’s believability makes this book a terrifying read. It does not take much of a stretch to the imagination to believe that the United States government is experimenting with biological weapons. This practice has been going on for decades. Accidental release of an engineered bio-weapon is not only likely, it is inevitable. In mankind’s search to come up with more and more effective ways to kill each other, we just might doom our entire species.


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