Blood Re(a)d: Fallback by Lori Whitwam

I’ll be the first to admit I’m more of a creepy abandoned house/chilling ghost story type of girl. I enjoy zombies but they aren’t the first books I gravitate toward on the bookshelf. But after reading Fallback, I’m more than happy to broaden my horizons.

dividerfallbackPublisher: Limitless Publishing
Pages: 166
Genre: Horror/Zombie/Apocalypse

After being rescued from a brutal band of marauders, Ellen Hale rebuilt her life in the fortified neighborhood that became her home. A heartbreaking decision and devastating loss pushed her to become a fierce fighter, because weakness only got you and those you loved killed.

Now her community is facing a deadly threat, and Ellen has another choice to make.

Ellen volunteers as a member of fallback team three, tasked with establishing a temporary refuge for their citizens in the event their community is overrun by the enemy. As the danger intensifies, she and her adopted sister, Melissa, set off with the rest of their team on the road trip from hell.

Their mission is cloaked in secrecy, but suspicions of a traitor arise.

Something is affecting the zombies’ migration patterns, and when blacksmith Tyler Garrett is discovered trapped in a farmhouse, the team refuses to trust him. But Ellen believes his story, and it’s not just because of his rugged, blond good looks and soft-spoken manner—his skills can greatly benefit their team.

As the team struggles to reach the fallback, previously secure locations are overrun, and their chances of success seem remote. With the likelihood of a traitor nearly certain, and the lives of everyone she loves at risk, Ellen must figure out who to trust before the traitor—or the zombies—destroy them all.

Is there a spy among the fallback team,
or is there another threat lurking in the Kentucky hills?


RATING (out of 5) dropletdropletdropletdropletdroplethalf

Fallback by Lori Whitwam is a great mixture of thrilling attack scenes with a behind-the-scenes look at how this group of survivors secures & protects its own.

We find the group on the verge of splitting into different factions after having scouted out various Fallback positions to prevent another attack by marauders looking to kill the group and steal their supplies.

Ellen is included in a group with her apocalypse-adopted sister, a few friends and others in the group, including new-to-the-fold survivor Ty, who she tries hard not to fall for but eventually gets out of her own way enough to make a connection with.

While on the road, the group encounters various road blocks (figuratively and literally) and the group pulls together to solve the problem while much of the members fight off approaching hordes. The action scenes were fantastic – thrilling and with enough gore to satisfy without overwhelming.

But as is expected during the zombie apocalypse, not everything goes as planned, and one particularly sinister event puts the entire group at risk.

My only complaint about this book (and it’s a nitpicky one at that), is the ending felt too abrupt. I couldn’t help wondering about the other Fallback teams and whether they made it to their own locations. I also wondered about the marauders and the after-effects of their efforts to sabotage the survivors.

Once the group makes it to their Fallback position, the story ends. I wanted to know how the other groups fared, if they ever reunited with those who stayed behind at home base. And I couldn’t help but worry what the marauders have in store for the survivors next.

I really hope the author intends to continue the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I’ll definitely go back and read the first book in the series to see how the zombie apocalypse began.

With tight writing, a kick-butt leading lady, a camaraderie between its characters and the threat of more mayhem to come, this one definitely left me wanting more.


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