ABOUT THE BOOK
Antimone Lessing returns in book two of the ground-breaking Decimation trilogy
Nearly twenty years after the Orestes virus swept across the earth, finally there is hope. Women are no longer dying within seconds of giving birth. For the first time in two decades, the global population is on an upward trend.
As the world returns to normal, Antimone is back on the athletics track and a single race away from achieving her lifetime goal of winning the Olympic 1500-metre Wheelchair gold medal.
But a deadly new threat has emerged, one that could reverse the fragile recovery and spell the end of humanity’s time on the planet. Could Antimone’s unique biology once again provide the vital clue to develop a cure?
When the details of her past become exposed, ruthless forces prepare an audacious plan to kidnap the first woman in a generation to survive childbirth. Now, the only hope for her survival and that of her young family may rest with the one person she trusts least in the world.
Here is the second book in this trilogy, which can be read as a stand-alone, but in case you want a little insight into how everything had got to this point, the author has done a great re-cap at the start of the book.
It is strange times, we now live in, with covid still taking its toll on our daily lives, but it does give this book a more believable edge to it now. A terrible virus triggered the deaths of millions of women, once they had given birth. Time, luck and a ruthless determination were finally bringing it all under control. But again, with eerie parallels of today. Not all the countries in the world had been able to afford the cure, with mutations becoming a huge concern.
Although most of the world had got the go-ahead to resume some level of normality, not everyone was willing to jump back into their old lives so quickly. The Olympic games hadn’t drawn the expected crowds, but that turns into a blessing with what happens.
The central core characters are brought together terrifyingly. This time there weren’t any surprises amongst them. The stakes just seemed more personal now than ever. There is never a shortage of bad guys in this second book, who are even more ruthless than I had witnessed before. Some of the chapters were hard to read, so very heart-breaking.
I liked the edgy chapters, which made my pulse pick up, in the latter chapters especially. Great characters, both old and new, This story is far from over. I can’t wait for the conclusion in the third book.
I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard T. Burke is the author of crime thrillers with a twist. To date he has written six novels, The Rage, The Colour of the Soul, Assassin’s Web and the Decimation trilogy: Decimation – Termination – Annihilation (out 12 Sept 2021, now available for pre-order).
Richard also contributed short stories to anthologies by Bloodhound Books and Corona Books.
Richard lives with his wife, Judith, and daughter, Emily, in the village of Rotherwick in north-east Hampshire, UK.
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