In the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested wasteland, there is one beacon of safety in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains: The Stronghold.
For decades, the inhabitants have fortified and defended the Stronghold from zombie hordes, building their society and culture on military precision.
And chosen from the best of the best is Denver Team Alpha. DTA is the elite strike force used to rescue survivors and refugees that have made it to the hellish wasteland of Denver below. But because of the unbelievable risks, and high mortality rate, DTA has come to stand for something else: Dead Team Alpha.
Now DTA will be put to the test as something far worse than zombies comes at them out of the wasteland.
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"Death is coming. Death is coming."
I am an enormous fan of Jake Bible usually, but found this particular book hard going, mostly because of the vast army of characters introduced, often in groups, who then disappeared. The book was an ambitious project to cover the entire attack on the Citadel, built to defend survivors against the roaming zombie population, and it certainly achieves a sense of overwhelming odds against an additional unexpected enemy, but in so doing left me confused about who was who - or even if it matters. Narrator F.C.McAlister did a sterling job in alleviating some of the confusion with his voicing of the multitude of protagonist. But there were just too many.
As a storyline, Dead Team Alpha was original, action packed and unpredictable as would be expected from Mr. Bible, but the overabundance of players had me constantly rewinding in an attempt to link names from one dramatic scenario to the next. Eventually I gave up and just let the story wash confusingly over me. Perhaps this was, in fact, the book's intention.
My thanks to the rights holder of Dead Team Alpha for gifting me my copy, via Audiobook Boom. I intend to relisten again some time in the future and hope that all will then become more clear. If so, i will revise my rating. Until or unless this happens I can only say that, though potentially a very good read, this book was hard work unless violent death in various aspects is all that the reader requires.
- Norma Miles