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Plague Zone by Jeff Carlson

In Plague Zone, Jeff Carlson uses the last few pages of the first chapter to revisit what’s happened in the previous two books. Usually, these kind of summaries bother me, but in this case I was glad. It’d been so long since I read Plague War that I’d forgotten exactly what happened. Plague Zone not only filled in the gaps, but delivered where I felt the previous two were lacking. Having stopped the widespread distribution of yet another evolution of the machine plague that first ravaged across the world, Cam, Ruth, Allison, and Eric have set up camp in Jefferson, Colorado (named after the former US President), hidden away from other military forces who would still arrest, at the very least, Cam and Ruth, for their direct involvement betraying and sabotaging US Military efforts to unleash the third machine plague.

Where Plague War was political, Plague Zone is more action-packed with an additional, fear-inducing element. When a lookout from Jefferson spies a lone wanderer edging closer to the city limits, he sends Allison with a small team to investigate. Partly to ease the growing tension between her--now his wife and pregnant with their child--and Ruth, his former object of lust, and partly to delegate, Cam is more preoccupied with an upstart ant invasion that threatens to cause more damage to their already tenuous living conditions. His attention quickly alters course when screams and gunfire alert the citizens of Jefferson that the city is suddenly under some kind of attack. It isn’t Russian or Chinese forces bearing down on Jefferson--it’s an even more pressing and dire threat: the wandering refugee is slack-jawed and white-eyed, shuffling toward the city with an eerie momentum. Suddenly Allison’s small party begins dropping and convulsing, jerking awkwardly against their own bodies. It isn’t until Ruth realizes what’s happening does she try to keep everyone else from saving their crew; a new nanotech plague has been unleashed and it renders its victims into zombies.

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