This book was picked up by the Ministry of Zombies at an author signing in November 2013.
Although this book can be enjoyed as a standalone novel - it works best at the second instalment of the blistering Autumn set.
We are introduced to a new set of characters, many only just about holding on, as the dead emerge from every side street in ever growing numbers. What's more, they are growing more aggressive by the day.
This is well-paced & thoughtful horror. As with the first book, it's not a slasher. The tension builds like a pressure cooker - should they make a run for it? should the group stay where they are?
The reader is re-introduced to several characters from the first novel & we see how they have survived up now.
Then, out of the chaos, the military arrive. Not quite as you expect. Also, what they hell can they do against such a plague?
There are real heart-breaking moments in this second book of the series in addition to some characters you'd rather not be trapped with. Desperation, fear & hopelessness permeate the survivors as they huddle & try to keep quiet.
As you read this book, you realise that the author is setting a Babylon 5 style story arc out - one that you can enjoy through the series. We meet more of the characters & learn more about the plague. The strength of this book is that most of the characters are normal folks thrown into the end of humanity. There aren't really any clichés & it wouldn't surprise me if the author based them on real people.
A superb second volume to the series & one that I pretty guarantee will have you reaching for the next. I'm 2 books in so far & this is possibly the best zombie series out there.