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Product details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: JVE (27 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996082336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996082334
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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"Compelling." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Intense."  --SFReviews.net

"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.

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This book made the short-list for the Philip K Dick award and it's not hard to see why.

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!
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Having read Plague Year and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was really looking forward to reading this book. I was not disappointed and if anything Plague War is even better than the first novel as it develops the characters and draws us into their lives as they struggle to survive. I am now waiting impatiently for the third volume......
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After reading the first book which I found a little slow to start, I throughly enjoyed this book.
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.
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WOW!

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
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Jeff Carlson's second book is as riveting as his first and carries the story forward at breakneck speed. Ruth and Cam escape with the virus but are persued by those who want it destroyed to stop it being spread. Russia attacks the US with a vengence and China looks for a way in. Can the nanotech plague be destroyed for ever or will mankind be destroyed as nations fight each other. tensions mount as Ruth and Cam try to reach freedom and save us all.
A fantastic sequel which will keep you thinking about what the future may bring for us all.
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This is the third Jeff Carlson book I have read, the first being the frozen sky and then part 1 of this trilogy. He is a really good writer who keeps your attention throughout the book. This one isn't quite as good as the first but still left me wanting to read the next one and looking forward to it as well. If your a fan of apocalyptic sci-fi then you will love this book as much as I did.
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This is the second book in a trilogy (the first being 'Plague Year' and the third 'Plague Zone'). If you haven't read 'Plague Year' yet then I stongly recommend that you start there. It's a more exciting story and this one won't make anywhere near as much sense without the background information it provides.

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.
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