Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tortures Of The Damned by Hunter Shea [5 stars]

From the Description:

SHOCK…First, the electricity goes—plunging the east coast in darkness after a devastating nuclear attack. Millions panic. Millions die. They are the lucky ones.

Next, the chemical weapons take effect—killing or contaminating everything alive. Except a handful of survivors in a bomb shelter. They are the damned.

Then, the real nightmare begins. Hordes of rats force two terrified families out of their shelter—and into the savage streets of an apocalyptic wasteland. They are not alone. Vicious, chemical-crazed animals hunt in packs. Dogs tear flesh, cats draw blood, horses crush bone. Roaming gangs of the sick and dying are barely recognizable as human. These are the times that try men’s souls. These are the tortures that tear families apart. This is hell on earth. The rules are simple: Kill or die.

I received an ARC of this novel from Oh, for the Hook of a Book as part of a blog tour run by the amazing Erin Al-Mehairi. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

What a fantastic book! Tortures Of The Damned is easily my favorite book by Hunter Shea so far. I sat down to start this novel and the next time I looked up several hours and all 439 pages had passed by in what felt like a few minutes. It's not often that a story will grab my attention the way that this one did. The story line is fast paced and exciting. I was totally absorbed by the story of the Padilla family and their neighbors Buck and Alexiana. I was rooting for these characters as if they were friends. My heart was in my throat several times as they fought their way through the attacking animals and gangs to try to reach a safe place. My only complaint was the way the story ended. What the hell Hunter Shea!?! Give me more of this totally entrancing 5 star read!!

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