Length: 292 Pages
Publisher: Toes in the Water Publishing
Release date: May 7, 2018
Synopsis: FACT: There is a parasite which rewires mammal brains for extreme aggressive behavior… … and over half of all the world’s mammals are already infected, but aren’t symptomatic because the parasite remains dormant in their hosts. Like a ticking bomb, this puppet master patiently waiting for the right time to set off its hosts against the world. That time is now! A canceled flight due to a volcanic eruption and a violent animal attack at their port, almost cause Ted and TJ to miss their transatlantic cruise and a needed escape from their busy lives in the US. But there will be no peace or tranquility on this cruise as something is very wrong: animals have started to attack for no apparent reason.It will take Ted and TJ’s unique skills to not only survive their cruise, but to understand an apocalypse of madness which appears to have struck the whole world. With mammals outnumbering humans 10,000 to 1, is this the end?
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Apocalyptic fiction is my favorite genre, and Madness fit the bill perfectly with its twist on the end of the world. In Madness, something has happened to the animal population. Animals attacking other animals and people. Mr. Williams, our protagonist, is an author of the apocalyptic genre, and is smack in the middle of it when things go south. M.L. Banner takes his time setting up the many characters. He gives them a personality, and provides a good feel for the world in general. With the Williams’ are on a cruise headed back to the states the shit really starts to hit the fan, after narrowly escaping animal attacks while in Spain.
I was glad to see Ted Williams written as regular guy with a common phobia, making him a regular guy. There are many characters who add to the mess going on and helped to keep the story moving along. The pace was steady and at every turn a new level of craziness happened during the five days that elapsed in the book. As if the animal attacks aren’t enough, we get a second apocalyptic event to enjoy! I won’t spoil the surprise, but it’s good and it wasn’t expected.
As with all the books by M.L Banner, he builds them from a solid base of science. I find it enjoyable and think this makes his stories more believable. I was thrilled to learn there will be three books in this series. I’m ready for the next one and the wait is already too long.
M.L. Banner, Biography-
ML Banner is an award-winning and best-selling author who writes what he loves to read: apocalyptic thrillers which thrust regular people into extra ordinary circumstances, where their actions may determine not only their own fate, but that of the world.
The Highway and Stone Age Series’ (including three #1 best-sellers) are those kinds of stories. Not only fast moving, each has regular and amazing characters who have to make life changing decisions, all while the earth is experiencing an apocalyptic event unlike anything imagined.
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