An offspeed pitch, but still great.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Starting 8 days after the original outbreak happened, In Harm’s Way finds Cade Grayson safe with his family — for the time being. He’s elected to “re-up” to help his brothers-in-arms to defeat the enemies of the state… both zombies and others.
The narration for this and both other books was done by Chris Patton. Like the other 2, the narration in this was perfect. He is the perfect voice for Cade and the other characters that are involved in all the books. Patton does a superb job keeping up with the pacing of the book, speeding up when he needs to and taking it a little slower when it’s called for.
The first two books in the Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse series: Trudge and Soldier On were both action-packed throughout — Trudge needed some set up in the beginning but then quickly sped up. Soldier On was beginning to end action with a lot happening to move the story forward. With In Harm’s Way, I could tell that Chesser was looking for a way to explain what was going to happen in the next books and with the series. Technically it could have ended in book 2 with a relatively happy ending, but to continue he needed to turn the story a bit. I think that’s what is happening with book 3.
Don’t get me wrong, In Harm’s way is still a great post-apocalyptic/zombie novel, it was just a total off-speed pitch in comparison to the other two. I 100% understand why Chesser did what he did and I don’t fault him for it at all. Unfortunately, I can’t really talk about the choices that he made to continue the story because it will involve major spoilers. Let’s just say I can’t wait to see what happens in book 4.
Some of the technology that is included really peaked my interest. I’m sure that there either is something like what he described today and if it’s not I’m betting it’s in the pipeline for the near future.
The characters are incredibly well described, and some of the new ones gave me chills when certain things happened. (It’s really hard not to give away too much). I am eagerly awaiting for Chesser and Patton to team up for the rest of the series because I need to figure out what happens to Cade, his family, and the others.
In Harm's Way by Shawn Chesser
Narrator: Chris Patton
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
Series: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse #3
Published by Morbid Press LLC on February 3, 2016
In Harm's Way, book three in the Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series picks up on day eight where Soldier On: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse left off.
Outbreak - Day Eight
After running and gunning across much of the western US, Cade Grayson, former Delta Force operator, is finally reunited with his wife, Brook, and daughter, Raven. Hours after arriving at the relative safety of Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, the new Capital of the United States, Cade is approached by the new president, Valerie Clay. Her request is simple: she appeals to the patriot in him to rejoin the unit that he left for civilian life 15 months prior and once more go into harm's way, taking the fight to the enemy.
Meanwhile, Duncan Winters, Vietnam-era aviator, finds himself stranded in Springs along with BLM firefighter Daymon Bush. Both men arrived with Cade and were promised transport back to Eden, Utah. Duncan longs to be reunited in Eden with his brother, Logan, a survivalist/Doomsday prepper. Daymon, with no surviving family, knows only one thing for certain: he doesn't want to remain trapped behind the wire inside of a huge government-run military base.
Mere days after Washington, D.C., is overrun and the sitting president goes missing, Robert Christian, billionaire kingmaker who has been waiting in the wings for a world-changing event such as this, marshals his group of mercenaries led by former Navy SEAL Ian Bishop. Their mission: to control what remains of the United States by any means necessary and ultimately reshape the country to fit their warped vision for a new world order.
Will Cade accept President Clay's overture and embark on a new high priority mission alongside his friend and mentor, Delta Commander General Mike Desantos? Will Brook Grayson continue to hone her newly found survival skills and successfully train her 11-year-old daughter, Raven, to defend herself against the undead threat?
About the Author
Shawn Chesser resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two children. He studied writing at Harvard on the hill(PCC Sylvania) many years ago. Shawn is a big fan of the apocalyptic horror genre. Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, and George Romero are strong influences. When not writing, Shawn spends the rest of his time doting on his two children and doing whatever his wife says.