Grim Reaper

Grim Reaper

End of Days

Book - 2011
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McMillan Palgrave

Patrick "Shep" Shepherd was a promising major league rookie pitcher on September 11th, 2001. Shaken by the attacks, Shep was driven to enlist in the armed forces even if that meant leaving behind his soul mate and their newborn daughter. Eleven years and four deployments later, Shep finds himself in Manhattan's VA hospital. His left arm is gone, his wife and daughter are gone, and he is haunted by the nightmares of war.

With world leaders meeting at the U.N., Mary Klipot, a biohazard level-4 scientist, sees an opportunity to carry out God's work. She injects herself with Scythe, a swift-acting version of the Black Death, and diligently spreads the infection throughout Manhattan. The threat of a worldwide pandemic forces officials to seal off the island…leaving the president of the U.S.—and Shep's family—trapped.

Determined to rescue his wife and child, Shep searches through the plague-infested neighborhoods of Manhattan. And the Grim Reaper follows…

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2011
ISBN: 9780765367075
Branch Call Number: FIC ALT
Characteristics: 648 p. ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Nunziata, Nick
Alternative Title: End of days


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Jun 29, 2012

The premise of this story grabbed me from the first page. This is truly a unique spin on biological warfare and I loved the research the author did on a wide array of subjects to bring an additional layer of realism to his story. This may be Alten's best and that is saying something. However, as good as the first 400 pages were the last 80 really tanked in my opinion. The narrative became far too preachy and laden with religious dogma. I enjoyed most of this book, but can't see myself coming back for the next one in the series.

Dec 12, 2010

This book was not up to par with what I'd read of Alten's books previously. He should stick to cryptozoology and "monster" stories.

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