Best Apocalyptic Suspense Thrillers Reviewed By BookViral

"A smart, gripping and imaginative narrative. O'Donnell isn’t coy about gore!"

Apocalyptic suspense thrillers
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  • ASIN: ‎ B09BPZZ5L1
  • Publisher: ‎ AuthorHouse (26 July 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 282 pages
  • Genre: Apocalyptic suspense thrillers

 

The BookViral Review:

A bold apocalyptic novel that’s not afraid of breaking free of the genre tropes, Hunting for the Lamb of God takes its readers into a USA decimated by an EMP attack by rogue states.

With themes of courage, love and the adherence to personal values it’s a hard book to put down as Jamey O’Donnell overcomes an overly clichéd genre to deliver genuinely stirring drama.

There’s no escaping the profound sentiments and ironies of his plot and on this level, his characters are both clearly defined and charismatic. They amplify the horrors of an apocalyptic event.

The vast majority of apocalyptic novels don’t dwell on the science fiction behind “what caused the apocalyptic event,” but instead focus on unique characters and character arcs. O’Donnell gets a good balance between the two and it’s clear from the start that his narrative is informed by in-depth research.

In creating his characters, he gets into their hearts and minds and the details of their lives, so that the fictional elements fit easily with this realism. He’s thought through the consequences of life where the semi-conductive chips in our mobile phones fail, where there is no power and access to water supplies and then he’s asked how far a person would go to feed their family.

The answer is chilling and what emerges is a smart, gripping and imaginative narrative. O’Donnell isn’t coy about gore and plot threads are made to converge in ways that are both gruesome and fascinating, thought-provoking and oddly touching. But whilst the shock factor is ever present it’s the isolation of his principal characters, the Jenkins/Price family and Bill’s quest to reunite with them that allows the passion in O’Donnell’s narrative to shine through.

With the hint of futuristic or alien technology in the background and a cliffhanger ending there’s the promise of more to come for the Jenkins and their extended family. A highly enjoyable read Hunting for the Lamb of God is unreservedly recommended to fans of well-conceived apocalyptic and dystopian fiction.

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