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Top Contributor: Doctor WhoTOP 50 REVIEWERon 24 December 2013
This is the third novel in this series, following on from Outpost and Juggernaut. The three books are set in different places and involve different people, but all dealing with various stages of the same dystopian scenario. In this book, the alien infection has covered much of the Earth, and in New York there is a concerted effort by a noted scientist to find a cure. When New York is bombed with nuclear weapons to try to stop the spread of the disease, a small squad of survivors must try to find the scientist and see whether his announcement of a cure is true. But can they get there before the prowlers get them?

This is a tightly woven novel which focuses on a small group of people in a world that has clearly been hit hard by the alien pathogen. This small group, operating in a small area of New York is on a focused mission, but there's plenty of action even in this narrowly defined group and area. The prowlers are everywhere and the rescuers each have their own motivations for what they are doing.

This is not a book for those of squeamish turn, nor for those offended by bad language. This series of books feature hard men and women who are fighting for survival and don't intend to let much get in their way. This book is no exception, and the narrative is short, staccato and breathless to fit the flow of the story.

I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of these books, and I hope there are more to come because there are certainly loads of unanswered questions and heaps of directions that the story could now take. There's a lot more to be learned about the infection itself, as you will see from reading these books, and I hope the author has some more books up his sleeve for us to enjoy. Definitely recommended, but start with Outpost first, then read Juggernaut before you read this one.
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VINE VOICEon 14 May 2015
Number three in Adam Baker’s somewhat grim series. Number four has also recently been released.
The series is based on a kind of end of world scenario where people are infected by alien spores that have a bit of a hive mind. Humans are being hunted now and there is not much sign of hope. As the books progress mankind is more and more on the back-foot and we are given different perspectives on the out-break, the link to the books is the outbreak, not the characters that change from book to book. In Terminus an over-run New York has been nuked in a desperate attempt to slow or destroy the infection but it is discovered that a key bunch of scientists may be surviving in the subway system. A disparate team is sent in to try and find them and or recover any key research. And, of course, things do not go well.
There is an undercurrent in these books that mankind is doomed so you feel that there will not be a miracle cure or a resolution, you are watching the death of humanity. And that becomes the series weakness, as a reader you have no hope or expectation that anything you are reading will make a difference, so your view becomes “when” and not “if”.
Having said that, this is full of action and tension and delivers well.
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on 3 July 2013
This book is brutal. A group of survivors go to rescue the one man who can save the world from zombie Armageddon. Dr Ekks the man with the cure. There is only one problem, he was last spotted in a Subway Station below the streets of New York. Added to this the city has been nuked by a neutron bomb designed to kill the zombie but it has not worked. So our intrepid bunch of followers go in search of (Spock) the doctor.
What follows is an underground bunker story. Very much in the ilk of James Herbert's Domain. Antagonists on the outside just waiting to break in. Rising water levels and other dangers within.
It is a good slow burning book. I knocked a star off as Adam took a bit too long to get to the climax.
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on 29 December 2013
On the whole, this proved to be a gripping jaunt into the bowels of New York's ruined subway system, keeping company with the crew of criminals, firefighters and military types, searching for a lost scientist who may have found a cure to an alien plague that has pushed humanity to the brink of extinction.

To add to the tension, New York -- along with many other major US cities -- has been hit with a nuclear device in a desperate attempt to stem the spread of the infection, which has turned much of humanity into cadaverous revenants riddled with metallic growths. A high-yield device, even the tunnels are no protection from radioactive contamination, so it's a race against time to find the man who may be able to save mankind.

Terminus is a follow up to Baker's novels Outpost and Juggernaut; both action-packed yarns that are filled with tension, gripping characters, and a suitably doom-laden air. This third installment maintains all those elements, but I have to say there is a sense that it has lost some of the momentum found in those earlier novels.

Perhaps it's the metallic plague losing some of its lustre (an infection, incidentally, that all-but reminds me of the melding plague in the Revelation Space series), perhaps it was the constraints of its setting in the tunnels beneath Manhattan island, but the story and the atmosphere felt a little stale by comparison with those earlier works.

So why the four stars? Despite what I've just said, I think it deserves them. Terminus remains an edge of the seat thriller, packed with action, suitably chilling, populated with characters whose fate you'll care to share, but the theme appears to be showing signs of wear and tear.
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on 3 February 2015
I have read the full series up to this point, I started with outpost and then read the others. It can be difficult to find a suggested reading order for the series as the publish dates start you at outpost and then goes to the prequels. If you like the zombie books but would like a book with a bit more than just walking around killing zombies then this book is for you.

I still think outpost is the best book of the series but this is still a good book, it does make me want to read the next book in the series but I dislike the way the book jumps in price as it is the last in the series.
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on 4 December 2016
The second best of the first 3. Better than juggernaut but not as good as outpost. I must admit these books are a real comfortable read although they won't win any awards they are as good a read as anything. A third separate instalment in the outpost works with only some very subtle nods to the previous outings, of Baker starts to weave these together or could be very exciting indeed.
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on 25 April 2014
I enjoyed Terminus but it didn't grip me the way outpost and Juggernaut did - its definitely worth a look as a continuation of the overall story that Adam Baker is telling but the feeling that all the characters were doomed right from the outset as they were plunging into a radioactive city made it hard to connect with them - i mean if the zombies (sort of) didn't get them then they were gonna die of radiation sickness or being murdered by the people who sent them in right? I'd like to read more on this alternative take of the zombie genre from Mr baker so if he writes anymore i'll definitely be buying them, but this is the weakest of the three so far. It would be good to see what happened to the surviving characters from Outpost and Juggernaut as these were really well developed, it was a shame to leave them without some kind of definite fate/resolution - though maybe that's the whole point, to show the confused chaos the world had become. Terminus left you with the feeling the mission to find a cure was largely pointless anyway as there didn't appear to be anything left to cure or any means to produce/administer or distribute any cure that was found anyway (or why would they be relying on such a ragtag bunch of misfits to save humanity anyway?). Outpost was about personal survival against great odds and juggernaut was a get rich quick scheme turned survival horror in the middle of nowhere, both these worked incredibly well and would make excellent movies - this was a save humanity story that didn't make too much sense when you thought about it.
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on 22 August 2017
Not as good as Juggernaut but on a par with Outpost. Good without being outstanding but far from terrible. If you enjoyed Outpost then I have no doubt you will enjoy this.

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on 27 June 2015
Adam Baker started us off with Outpost which was an outstanding novel that had elements of sci-fi and horror. Juggernaut was equally as good and now here we are with Terminus. Not quite as good as Outpost but equally as good as Juggernaut. It is a tense and claustrophobic tale and not for the faint of heart. 4 stars.
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on 26 March 2016
Excellent writing, skilled prose, Adam keeps it tense. Characters slightly cliched at the start but later drawn out into flesh and blood with human motivation. Goes well with other books in the same series. This book evokes feelings of claustraphobia and darkness.
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