Plague War Paperback – 27 Jun 2015
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"Compelling." --San Francisco Chronicle
"A breakneck ride. Jeff Carlson has the juice!"
--Sean Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Star War: The Force Unleashed
"Carlson's nightmarish landscape presents a chilling albeit believable picture of a post-apocalyptic world. The carefully crafted plot is a mix of sci fi, military adventure, and political intrigue. Strong, dynamic characters bring the story to a conclusion you won't see coming."
--RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
JEFF CARLSON is the international bestselling author of "Plague Year," "Interrupt" and "The Frozen Sky." To date, his work has been translated into sixteen languages worldwide.
Top Customer Reviews
In Plague War, Jeff Carlson continues exploring a world devastated by a machine plague that has left all warm blooded life below ten-thousand feet dead. Whereas the first volume of the trilogy, Plague Year, concentrated on the harsh fight for survival among the isolated peaks of the Sierras, Plague War widens the lens to encompass global geopolitical concerns.
That's not to say that there's any let up in the visceral horror of the situation. Despite carrying a nanotech vaccine that, by and large, keeps the plague at bay, Cam and Ruth have to battle through a natural world that has been turned upside-down--and then rattled some more. Ant swarms, hot zones, stagnant diseased bodies of water, and macabre gridlocks are just some of the trials they face as they trek across the broken American landscape.
Through a couple of other characters featured in the first volume, the Russian cosmonaut/diplomat, Ulinov, and the US Marine, Major Hernandez, the wider story is fleshed out, and when things come to a head, Cam and Ruth have to battle not only with the environment, but with their consciences as well.
Plague War is a taut, scientifically and politically astute thriller, and I can't wait for the concluding volume!
The story was fast paced and interesting and believable with the way nanotechnology is developing.
I'm looking forward to the final book in the series.
A totally unique entry into the world of apocalypse. Here we see a world where a 'nano-plague' has distinguished all life below 10,000 feet. We get to see the survivors eek out a sorry existence in the harsh, barren enviroment of mountain tops, unable to travel below the 'threshold'.
The story is more technothriller than horror, but the feeling of isolation that the characters feel is really well done. In the later novels, the story becomes more epic and happens on a global scale, with international conflict between nations. Damn you China!
In addition to the many well-rounded characters and an accurate representation of a crumbling Government, the main character, Cam, is likeable yet flawed in the ways that all good protagonists should be. His emotional turmoil is later expounded by the physical agony that all of the plague survivors experience and this leads to a constant mood of pain, anguish, and bleak depression. But the glint of human spirit is present on every page and that's why we keep reading! We want the world to make it and we bleed, burn, and starve with the characters as they struggle to survive each day. In my mind that's what all worthwhile apocalyptic novels should strive for...
If you haven't yet read Jeff Carlson's work, I would suggest you purchase the entire Plague Year trilogy as I guarantee that you will want to move straight on to the next novels in the series as soon as you finish the previous ones. I brought them seperately, and the wait between was agonising, so don't do that to yourself. This story is a trilogy so buy them all!
Iain Rob Wright
A fantastic sequel which will keep you thinking about what the future may bring for us all.
The story picks up pretty much where the first book finished. The survivors of the nanotech machine plague are trying to spread the competing nanotech vaccine to other people who are stranded above an altitude of 10,000 feet. A large part of the novel is just that - Cam, Ruth and Newcombe from the first story struggling across a ravaged USA to try and reach other survivors. This is more interesting than it sounds as the author has thought about what would happen to the environment if all warm blooded animals are rapidly killed off, and the various hazards they encounter kept me turning the pages.
The second strand of the story describes what's happening on a global scale as nations go to war over the limited amount of real estate that is habitable. On top of that, a civil war breaks out in the USA as two factions try to find Ruth and her vaccine.
This book isn't as good as the first installment in the series, but I would recommend it if you want to find out what happens next. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, as it's clearly setting up the third (and I believe final) novel. So, if you do read this book, don't expect all the answers and expect to have to read the third part to get any satisfaction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
interesting concepts, made you think at the same time become attached to characters.Published 14 months ago by FJS
Enjoyed every page of it very exciting, Keep on writing them JeffPublished on 23 Aug. 2014 by Richard Gould
It changed from disaster to war story but I didn't find story very strong and the love story between Cam and Ruth wasn't very likely.Published on 2 Jan. 2014 by P C Brickwood
This is the second book in the trilogy and the story just keeps getting better, the characters and the settings are great; well worth reading.Published on 20 Oct. 2013 by Mark Cantle
What a world this book portrays, at times very very bleak and without hope, then the smallest of actions shows mankind, maybe, just maybe, has the tiniest of chances. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2013 by barrytitcomb
The only problem is, I can't bear all this on off romance! The tension is driving me nuts. I also want some glimmer of hope, but it is hard to put this book side. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2013 by J Corrigan