Wednesday, 21 June 2017

#bookreview ~ Sentinel: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller (The Hurst Chronicles Book 2) @HurstChronicles

Sentinel: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

 (The Hurst Chronicles Book 2)


Robin Crumby

An unstoppable virus. Everything we took for granted is gone. Only the strong will survive.

In the aftermath of a devastating flu pandemic, hope returns for the survivors of the Millennial Virus.

Under the watchful protection of the Allies, Hurst Castle has resumed its centuries-old role as an outpost guarding the western entrance to the Solent. The Isle of Wight is designated a quarantine zone, free of the virus. The tide of refugees surging towards the island has placed impossible pressure on already scarce resources.

When the desperate search for a vaccine leads the Hurst team to a classified government research facility beyond the New Forest, will an inactive bio-weapons program accelerate their understanding of the Millennial Virus? Could one man hold the key to discovering the origin and causes of the outbreak?

Not everyone shares the Allies’ aspirations for reconstruction. Dark forces seek to prolong the lawlessness, pursuing their own ambitions. There’s a war coming that threatens to return the whole region to chaos. Hurst finds itself in the path of the coming storm

What did I think of the Book?

Only the strongest survive…

The Millennial Virus has devastated the world. Governments have fallen, and those who have survived find themselves in an uncertain world, where criminals become leaders and only the strong survive.

The Isle of Wight is virus free, and this has encouraged a tide of refugees who are desperate to reach a place of safety. But the authorities are at breaking point, for they have not the resources for such an influx of displaced people.

If only there was a vaccine. But in the search for one, questions are raised as to how the virus came about in the first place.

Robin Crumby has done it again. I was really looking forward to reading the second in the Hurst Chronicles series and book two did not disappoint. Crumby has created an apocalyptic world that was easy to visualise and incredibly believable. The attention to detail has to be commended. It is very clear that Mr Crumby has done his research and this makes for a realistic read. I also loved the fact that this series is set in the UK when usually such fiction is set in America, this makes for a refreshing change.

Sentinel: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller (The Hurst Chronicles Book 2) is the type of book that draws you in. There is a compelling cast of characters in this book, and each has their role to play in this fast-paced and thrilling read. It was simply unputadownable.

Although this is book 2 in the series I felt that it would work well as a standalone, however, do yourself a favour and start with book 1.

If you are looking for your next post-apocalyptic thriller that does not involve zombies, then I Highly Recommend, The Hurst Chronicles.

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About the author

Robin Crumby is an author and writer living in London with his wife and two children. Since reading John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids as a child, he became fascinated by end of the world dystopian literature. More recently, re-reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven inspired him to start writing. Why? Because post-apocalyptic fiction fires the imagination like nothing else. Pondering what comes next, who would survive, what would life look like? Much of the best fiction in this popular genre focuses on brain-eating zombies or events unfolding in the USA so Robin determined to write a story set in the UK. His Eureka moment came wandering the shingle beach at Milford-on-sea, inspired by the beauty and rich history of the Solent. Where better to survive the end of the world than a medieval castle surrounded by water? Robin spent much of his childhood messing about in boats, exploring the many waterways, ports and military forts of the Isle of Wight, where The Hurst Chronicles are set.

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