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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite
In Extinction by H.V. Purvis, the world has fallen under the onslaught of a virus that does not kill but transforms its victims into vicious, mindless creatures called Links, intent only upon the slaughter of those who remain unaffected. Jason Roberts, a trained killer for the government, has returned home to heal after being seriously wounded. On television, Jason and his father, William, watch as distant cities and nearby towns became the hunting grounds of once-human monsters. As their own town becomes overrun by creatures that were their neighbors, Jason and William begin to fight back and rescue and gather other survivors. In distant New Orleans, Jason’s sister, Nicole, and two others have taken refuge in a hospital, struggling to stay alive as well. Will the Roberts family and the other survivors be able to hold out, and if they can what kind of a future awaits them?
Extinction by H.V. Purvis proceeds at a steady, gratifying pace. The two venues of the narrative are basically given equal treatment. We are taken back and forth between Oakboro, North Carolina, and New Orleans. We are shown plenty of gruesome action as the characters fight to stay alive, but it is not the main drive of the narrative. We also are allowed to see the full range of emotions felt by the characters who must often reluctantly and regretfully kill people who were relatives, friends, and neighbors not long ago. There is also the concern in the story put forth as a question: is there a possible cure for the virus in the not-too-distant future? It is a dilemma not always expressed in this genre. Could some of the afflicted have been saved? We will have to wait for what promise to be the intense but much-anticipated sequels in this series.