Although the story line is OK and it is quite pacey, this book is let down by its poor dialogue, poor characterisation and just plain bad writing. It reads in parts like an Enid Blyton Famous Five book.
This is Paul Hinton's first part of the trilogy, introducing us to the dilemma facing the remaining humans following a devastaing world war.
Having come through the war, the survivors group together to try to re-establish themselves. Unfortunately, their attempts are thwarted, not only by other marauding thugs but also by a far more potent enemy which, since the war, has become revitalised, more terrible and far more brutal than the afore-mentioned human thugs.
This then, is the story of how the survivors deal with these different menaces and since this is a trilogy it would spoil it to reveal where the survivors find themselves at the end - and, indeed, how they got there!
The book rattles along. There's very little not happening on every page and the author creates a vision of a very damaged England after the war and the interesting techniques the leader of the survivors, with his miltary background, uses to keep his few remaining friends alive and kicking.
If you like an action thriller with a touch of the horror of the unknown thrown in for good measure, this book will fill the spot. I hope book 2 is not far away.