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The Dead City by Dylan Morgan is an exciting continuation of book one, The Dead Lands. It is now four weeks after the initial team entered the Presidential bunker on Hemera. Their mission was to rescue the President after the nuclear war. Now a new army from Erebus consisting of four hundred men and women has arrived. Lieutenant Marshal, along with Ryan, Jayde and the rest of alpha squadron are here to secure the building. They are to retrieve the riches rumored to be hidden in the Presidential bunker. Colonel Paden needs the gold and jewels to fund his army back home and returning empty-handed isn’t an option for him. The city is a disaster and filled with mutants which were created as a result of the nuclear war. In addition the surrounding cities are filled with bandits making this operation even more dangerous.
Dylan Morgan gives us a strong female protagonist, Jayde. She holds her own quite well and doesn’t let the sideways looks and comments of her male counter parts get the best of her. We also have Colonel Paden, who is a piece of work and a great antagonist. He only cares about what he can gain from this mission and has little concern about the welfare of his men and women. The Dead City is a constant battle with crazy mutants and there is no shortage of action. The futuristic weapon technology fits very well within this scifi world created by Dylan Morgan. There are double crosses and backstabbing between the colonel and his lieutenants which had me cheering that the bad apples would be removed from the equation. The action is nonstop, right to the end, as everyone realizes the mission has gone south. The ending left me wanting more and I hope there will be a third installment to the story.
Length: 310 Pages
Publisher: DJM Entertainment
Release date: August 31, 2016
Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.
Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive.
Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival.
Dylan J. Morgan, Biography-
Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.
A member of the Horror Writers Association, he has published 8 books, all available on Amazon.