Five years after a pandemic ravaged the northeast, the small New Hampshire town of Dana seems prized for a comeback. The ski resorts are opening back up, the police force is stable, and longtime residents are rebuilding their lives, it all seem to be pointing the town in the right direction. But the restrictions of reconstruction, accompanied by the poverty it brought with it, have combined to bring a resurgence in the drug trade. The very thing that helped cripple the region in the first place. Former Olympic snowboarder, and new sheriff, Cole Erickson knows the struggle all too well. He grew up in the town, fought for it during the pandemic, and lost too many people in the process. He holds a secret that could blow the lid off the government's well placed lies, he just needs the perfect time to revel it. Lizbeth Williams is a survivor. She was one of the few who stayed in Dana, while her husband fought alongside Cole in the last wave of the pandemic, nearly losing his life. Like many who faced the infected and lived, Lucas Williams was forever changed. He makes a deal to ensure his own survival, and Lizbeth is just in the way. When Lizbeth disappears it sets the stage for the final battle to save Dana, and bring an end to the conspiracy that could very well cripple the nation.
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The rest of the town was quite. Returning from patrol, I was relived to find everyone accounted for. We just couldn’t shake the feeling that this was the calm before the storm. A war was coming, and you didn’t know who your enemies were or where they would be attacking from. For now, I welcomed the quiet as I stared out at the deserted street.
With the pandemic of infected finally contained, the small town of Dana, New Hampshire is finally making a comeback to how it was before everything went to hell. Only thing is drugs are running rampant and hitting a little too close to home for Liz Williamson. Horribly close. When secrets her husband has been hiding come to light will Liz be able to stop the next epidemic from happening or will the northeast United States succumb to drugs and the people supplying them?
I love that we are venturing into this story after the epidemic…seeing how towns across the northeast US are trying to get back to what they once were. We see how they are slowly starting up their lives after the infected wreaked havoc on their towns. You don’t see too many stories going that route; what happens after the apocalypse. I, for one, enjoyed it.
Love the characters and how they came off so real. Like you and me. Every day people just trying to make it and get by in a world that hasn’t shown much kindness. Even Cole, who was once an Olympic snowboarder, was one of my favorites. He wanted Dana to be great again, his community to thrive and wanted the drugs off the streets. He cared immensely for his friends and fought hard to keep them safe.
An exciting plot, a cast I cared about, secrets that could cripple their already broken world, and of course the infected (well, the mention of the infected), EVASION was exactly the kind of book I needed. I adored this story and think those that enjoy apocalyptic/zombie type books will too! 4.5 Stars!!