Title: Infected Rage
Author: William Blackwell
Review: After the dramatic and emotional exhausting events of Poison Rage I was extremely curious to see how Blackwell would wrap up this trilogy. While I loved this trilogy I didn’t really want it to end which only happens with the best books. The first thing that stood out to me was this final book opens with a prologue unlike the previous two books and I was intrigued. We are introduced to a mysterious killer releasing a feral cat on the beach, given the fact we know the title play into the overall story I have a feeling the cat maybe infected with something that it will spread all over town. We meet Kathleen once again using her physic abilities to help other not that it always goes to plan when she comes across a dark presence lurking inside of an elderly widow called Jon. She immediately confides in her friends who are all anxious that this will blow up like in the previous novels.
As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel Blackwell waits no time in introducing the gore to the story and almost immediately the characters we have come to care for are once more drawn into strange and mysterious events. Blaine asks Kathleen to see if she can pick up any reason for Jon’s untimely death which she doesn’t but she doesn’t notice things are off with her friends namely Russ and Jacob.
As we cross ¼ mark in the novel we see what Kathleen does for a living with her physic business and how she helps people and apart from the prologue and Jon’s death nothing unusual has happened yet. As the police investigation continues Blaine notices some strange things in the form of the sword necklace a replica of the sword using the send James Maling to hell and Jon’s infection that may have come from the mysterious cat which the police are looking for in order to terminate it before it infects others.
As we approach the halfway mark in the novel things start to get strange which Blaine coming across two people feeding off an elderly man like zombie but they aren’t. We the group trying not to drawn into these events as they have been in the previous novel where their mental state were tested to the absolute limits. We the reader also get to see the infection in different ways, in Jon’s case he was already infected and then we get to see someone else get infected and how quickly it spreads and what it does to people. Things get stranger when Lori a lawyer who we met earlier at a physic reading from Kathleen knows Sid the man she is working for has a hidden agenda in opening a casino in town, they are also the people giving away the sword necklace but for what reason is still a mystery. One thing I liked about this book was that unlike the previous novel Blackwell isn’t that forthcoming with the answers to the questions the reader is accumulating and it adds more suspense to the climax of this trilogy. The relationship between Jacob and Kathleen has also taken a strange turn especially after what happened in Poison Rage and it seems to be playing on Kathleen’s mind.
As we cross into the second half of the novel we see Kathleen, Jacob and Blaine dealing with the new virus with Kathleen even being contracted to help the police where she can but we also see them dealing with their own lives and their own ghosts. It was interesting to learn who is behind the Rage Virus before the characters do which hasn’t happened in previous novels so I was very excited to see whether Kathleen and the others are going to be caught in the virus’ effects or whether they will stop it in time. As more and more people are infected by the mysterious virus and the police having no answers and no cure things don’t look good for our gang of paranormal investigators. We see a literal game of cat and mouse taking place and I had no idea of who was going to come out on top.
As we approach the ¾ mark in the novel Kathleen, Jacob and Blaine are struggling to cope not only with the virus but the mysterious man who seems to be following Kathleen and even attempts to kill her at one point. We also get to see prolonged effects of the virus in Snyden who is the first person we see infected who hasn’t died or turned into zombie-like state. After the casino’s grand opening ceremony where the gold necklaces were given out the rage hits the masses and things get bad.
As we cross into the final section of the novel we see things get very serious and our character hiding out in an isolated cottage until they are evacuated or a cure is found, although to Blaine’s credit he does have a plan B should things go wrong. When the truth is revealed and the prospects of rescue and survival are quickly the dropping the group try their best just to stay alive. The final pages of Infected Rage were great bringing the whole story full circle but leaving that little shred of doubt that it could start all over again and it also leaves an opening for Blackwell to continue the series in the future if he chooses to.
Overall, I loved the entire trilogy and while this last book didn’t have the pace of the previous two it had everything they had and more. The story arc itself is more character based with the same set of character being thrown into different deadly situations. I loved everything about this series from the world, to the characters, to the conflicts and I highly recommend it to all fans of horror, paranormal novels.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by the author
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Also see: Poison Rage by William Blackwell