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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A deadly viral mutation is threatening to bring an end to society in the thrilling science-fiction novel, A Step Ahead of the Fall (Part One: Sanctuary) by I. W. MacDonald. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and 7/7, Dr. Robert Wallace warned the American and British governments that there was a high probability that an extinction-level virus could eliminate the population of the planet. However, Robert's advice went unheeded and he and his boss were released from their government positions. Ten years later, when Robert leaves for an Antarctic cruise with his wife and twin daughters, MI-5 comes looking for him. At the same time, the United States government has Dr. Spitzer and Captain Coulter and her highly-trained unit in Fallujah combating a vast quantity of the walking infected. Meanwhile, Dr. Bachmann and a select medical team are in Germany working on a vaccine. Despite the attempts of Captain Coulter, Dr. Bachmann, and Robert to keep as many people alive as possible, a threatening presence promises to disrupt their best efforts. With an extinction-level apocalypse on the horizon, the team sees very little hope in the future. Will they survive? Or are they facing the end of the world?
World governments are trying to stop a deadly virus in the exciting novel, A Step Ahead of the Fall by I. W. MacDonald. Although no zombie-like citizens are wandering around trying to eat us, this story is similar to our present global circumstances and eerily mirrors the precautions being taken. The plot moves between four different aspects and their points of view. The perspectives represented are scientists, citizens, armed forces, and the government. Even though settings and characters change, the storyline flows flawlessly. The writing and character development are comparable to a James Rollins novel or even possibly better. As this is the first installment of a series, the exponential advancement of the apocalypse continues to hold the reader spellbound to the final riveting page. The story ends at an excellent place, leaving the reader anticipating the thrilling sequel, Deep State.