The Bookie Monster was gracious enough to give my first book, Z PLAN:BLOOD ON THE SAND, a wonderful book review.
4 of 5 Stars.
The world is in a state of disarray in Z Plan: Blood On The Sand as news spreads quickly of a highly infectious, deadly disease coming out of Africa. A new strain of the rabies virus is turning the masses from normal, everyday people into walking dead cannibals, capable of immense violence and decimating the world’s population as we know it.
Cale, our story’s main character, is deployed in Iraq, thousands of miles away from his wife and daughter. All forms of communication are down, cutting Cale off from the rest of the world. Minimal media reports are flowing through, showing widespread infection and chaos in the world and soon enough panic sets in. Out on a convoy operations mission, Cale and his buddy Zach notice civilians packed into their cars like sardines; traffic is backed up as far as the eye can see as the local inhabitants are attempting to flee the area for reasons unknown to Cale and his crew. Imminent danger is around the corner as terror soon becomes reality: the infection is closer than they think, and the dead are coming for them.
Z Plan by Mikhail Lerma was an enjoyable story with fast paced action and realistic human responses during the zombie apocalypse. Cale was a very likeable character and very friends and family oriented. The story had a main theme of brotherhood meets survivor’s guilt, which I loved. As Cale’s world crumbles around him, he’s left in a prison of his own thoughts, doomed to replay his actions and movements over and over again in his mind, constantly asking “what if” and wondering if his family is safe as he desperately tries to find his way back to America.
You find out early on that in the desert, there isn’t much to do in your free time other than play video games. It’s an important part of the story to understand how much Cale enjoys the video game Halo because my favorite part in the entire book was when Cale had to face the reality that the zombie apocalypse was happening right before his eyes. “This was real, it wasn’t like Halo” the author states, describing the sheer terror and surreal circumstances that Cale has to suddenly face. Z Plan is an adventure indeed, and I recommend this book to any zombie apocalypse lover; you won’t be disappointed.
The only parts of the book that I found repetitious and overdone, were the Romero movie references. Had the author left them out completely, it would have taken nothing from the story at all. Z Plan is a quick and fun read and I am excited for the next installment in the series!