From the best-selling author Bobby Andrews comes a thrilling new tale of a post-apocalyptic world. ISIS has unleashed a weaponized version of the deadly Ebola virus, killing 97% of the world's population. Only the immune and those who hunkered down in remote locations remain.
Through the chaos strides a giant of a man known only as Stryker. He is a former Force Recon Marine, who has lost as much as anyone, but fights to preserve his honor and creed in the face of slave traders and rogue military elements who prey on the innocent. Together with his former drill instructor, Sarge, they struggle to eliminate the remaining evil elements in society, even as the nation's infrastructure crumbles and life becomes considerably more difficult. Together, they care for three young women who survived the plague and attempt to give them lives that are as normal as possible under the circumstances.
Follow along as they travel through a world gone mad, determined to defend the weak and innocent against long odds.
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"...where love goes to die"
It has taken me a while to write my review because, as soon as I finished listening to the book I wanted to go back to the beginning and start again. The book is carefully crafted, and mostly set against a backbround devastated by a mutated Ebola virus which destroys some 97% of the population world wide But as the title suggests, it is really about Stryker, who he is, where he comes from and how he reacts. Our introduction to him is immediate, two years after the plague struck, then by moving backwards in time we follow his earlier life as well as being privy to how and why the virus was so devastating.There is a feeling of unreality about the man and his world. Perhaps it is because I am a Brit and the vast spaces of isolation through which he moves just couldn't happen in this, our overcrowded little island, even with only 3% of the population remaining. And, of course, not many of us have access to guns ( though I suppose if the need was great enough, we'd find a way). But more than that: the man himself was exceptional. I didn't like him but still found myself forming an emotional attachment to him.
Kevin Pierce's narration was perfect, his voice fitting the picture of Stryker in my head. What little dialogue there is from other people is not greatly differentiated, making this more a reading than a performance, but this, too, fits with the overall feel of the book.
I loved the almost serene atmosphere which prevailed throughout, despite the often traumatic events taking place or anticipated. It is a world in shock with Stryker moving strongly through it. The ending was one of loss. As I said previously, it took me back to the beginning.
I received a complementary copy of Stryker from the narrator, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for my unbiased review thoughts. These I have given.
- Norma Miles
Story needed work