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It is the New Age of Discovery and the Earth is purging itself of the human race, or at least this is what everyone believes is happening. They call it the rages – a time of uncontrollable pestilence, disaster, and calamities – and humans are experiencing Mother Nature’s extreme anger. This is because living things were built with a will to live, to propagate their own species and survive, and a number of humans are settling in what is called the Hubs – a safe haven. Yet some prefer to venture into the wilderness, apart from the structures of the utopia that is the Hubs, and the rages are not the only dangers they face. Flesh eating creatures worse than zombies called the Wrynds have made the wilderness their home, and it is no place for any human weak of heart. This is the book Five Days Dead by James L. Davis.
Harley Nearwater has his priorities skewed, or so it seems to the normal human being. He can ride along with the chaos around him, taking for himself what he thinks he deserves, and is his own boss. That is, until he kills a Federation soldier and things take a different turn. Now the world is after him – the Wrynds, the Federation Marshalls, as much as the rages, and a chaos unfamiliar to him begins. Five Days Dead is a wonderful work of post-apocalyptic fiction. The novel takes you on a joyride. It is a man versus the world kind of story, and readers can definitely relate to the feeling of facing challenges alone, albeit in a fantasy version of the earth. It’s worth picking up if you’re on the lookout for a thrilling page-turner. This is a book that truly excites its readers!