TREAD: Fallen Nation, by author Jeff DeMarco, reviewed by author Travis Borne
In the years of the second Civil War, and before the great tribulation, hope failed in the darkest of times.
Staff Sergeant Evan Decker is an EOD tech returning from war. The country he’s returned to bears no resemblance to the one he remembers. A virus has ravaged the population, as millions have died, the communication infrastructure is disabled, leaving the nation cut off, Washington D.C. is gone, wiped off the map. But who is responsible?
In the chaos, civilians and inner city gangs have risen up; at war with police and military forces, martial law has been declared. Ordered to do the unthinkable, Evan is at odds with his leaders; follow orders and become a murderer or attempt escape, risking both death and dishonor.
Follow Evan as he uncovers the conspiracy to enslave the United States, and risks all for the woman he’s growing to love.
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Travis Borne’s review:
I discovered author Jeff DeMarco while browsing Twitter. It seems this author is building quite a following, and fast! And for good reason. TREAD: Fallen Nation, is my 2nd read from Jeff and book one in his new series did not disappoint! If you’re looking for a read that’ll hook you from the start and keep you intrigued and guessing, and one that, like Jeff’s first novel, Into Armageddon, builds tension and fastens you to your chair, look no further.
I read TREAD in only three days, as the novel is not very long, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Book one apparently sets things up for what is sure to be an explosive series where all hell has broken out in the United States—where hardly anyone knows what in the world is going on. And this is just the beginning. Excellent dialog keeps the reader bolted to this ride—inside the story. I’m there! A real stage-setter, and with an action-packed high-speed ending, plus a short, throat-gripping epilogue. Whoa, I’ve just been arrested! I’m booked for the next book!
I can’t wait for the next novel in this new series. And while I found a few minor glitches in the editing, which in some novels can be a distraction, I found this not the case here. Five stars for fast pace. Characters get deeper with each page, a passion crescendo and secrets left unrevealed—but satisfyingly. And, like I’d discovered in Jeff’s debut novel, there’s technical jargon that made this stand out as one written by someone who hasn’t only been there, but must’ve done that. Very authentic. No seatbelt needed because I’m sure the next one, too, will bolt me to my chair!