Book Tour Reviews: AM13 Outbreak Series by Samie Sands

AM13 Outbreak Series:
Books 1-3
by Samie Sands
Genre: Zombie Horror
The deadly AM13 virus is taking over the world, creating hordes of
zombies and turning the few survivors into the hunted…
Survivors can only watch humankind dwindle to extinction.
They fight to protect their loved ones, to reach sanctuary, to keep their
sanity as civilization is destroyed around them, never knowing if
their next breath will be their last.
Will the person they fought beside soon be a flesh-hungry corpse, or even
worse, their own prey?
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Lockdown

AM13 Outbreak Book 1
Leah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to
impress a crush…
With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake
Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush
on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to
forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.
When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged
act…
The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads,
citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of
the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah,
Jake, and Leah’s best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few
who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.
That’s where she first encounters one of the infected…
Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has
another problem. Does she do as she’s ordered and stay at work? Or
should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with
her family?
She can’t go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed
to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a
contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from…
Breaking out of the Lockdown…

With a twist and twisted plot from the off-set this reads as most outbreaks and zombie apocalypses go:  The reality that ensues from any disaster is that it’s disorderly with understood needs to quarantine.

The first book in the AM13 Outbreak series is aptly named, Lockdown, the first stage / step taken when a disaster such as this occurs. Just like any first book in a series, the characters are built and the plot starts setting to help create the base for an entire series. For this, Lockdown does well with creating the “feel” of the situation. A contagious virus, AM13, creates havoc and the quarantines are failing due to the spread and the human mentality.

I tell you now as I have told my co-workers, if there is a radiation fall-out or any disaster while I am at work, I am ramming the fence, scrambling over it if need be and hiking it to my kids. The story unfolds and surrounds Leah, Michelle, and Jake as they begin their journey to breakout.

Do they succeed? Sorry, I don’t do spoilers! You won’t even figure it out reading the synopsis of the second book in the series as each one is written around the different stages of an outbreak surrounding different characters. So far, gripping start to the series I received for this book tour.

Forgotten

AM13 Outbreak Book 2
Every attempt to contain the deadly AM13 virus has failed, leaving humanity
on the brink of extinction…
The plague is spreading out of control with no cure in sight. Then the
government announces its new plan—a sanctuary in an area completely
untouched by the infected—as long as you can get there alive and
unscathed.
Ethan Watton has managed to survive this long, even with OCD making every
day more hellish than it already is…
Ethan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder dramatically affected his life before
the infection began. Now he’s desperate to get as far away from the
zombie virus as humanly possible. Isolated and afraid, Ethan thinks
there is no way in hell he will survive the epidemic.
Alyssa Turner has spent her teenage years prepping for the undead to
challenge her zombie killing skills…
Alyssa knows with absolute certainty that she will survive the AM13 virus.
She’s read all the books, watched all the films, and done all the
research. She’s strong, tough, and a self-proclaimed badass. Any
group would be lucky to fight alongside her…until the unthinkable
makes her doubt every skill she’s acquired.
Dr. Jones is a scientist who doesn’t understand why he was selected to
produce a cure…
Surely there are survivors more experienced in virology than he is. And what
will happen to him—and the rest of the species—if he fails? Is
the fate of the human race really resting on his shoulders? Or are
there others working toward the same goal?
With the zombies multiplying and survivors struggling to make it to the
sanctuary, Ethan, Alyssa, and Dr. Jones fight to fulfill their
destinies. If they fail, their fate is sealed, and they will join the
millions of others who have been…
Forgotten.

Stage 1, Lockdown, complete with utter failure to properly contain the contamination and stop the spread of the virus, AM13. Now sets the stage for those that have scrambled to survive while they make the decision to move-on or await what may happen, both scenarios have massive negative connotations.

Three survivors with vastly differing personalities with the exception of one, survival. Ethan is OCD, Alyssa the prepper, and Dr. Jones with the doom of failure hanging precariously over his head.

The second book of the series, Forgotten, pulls at the what-if strings a bit more than the first one and has more of a darker feel to it. It’s hard not to root any of the survivors on as the characters are well-written and the writing itself makes oneself thing “What would I do” throughout.

Follow along as they trudge through the apocalypse for their sanctuary.

Extinct

AM13 Outbreak Book 3
Writing books about the horrors of the zombie apocalypse is one thing—but
Georgie Blake can’t believe it has become her reality…
She never expected her fictional stories of blood, death, and the
consumption of human flesh to jump off the page into the real world.
She certainly didn’t think she’d survive this long if they had.
As a shy novelist, she was sure she’d be one of the first to die.
Safe in the Sanctuary, Georgie holds on to hope for a cure…
But that’s not all she holds on to. The government has promised the
people of the Sanctuary that they can return home. The rumours are
rife that there is an antidote on the horizon. But even if not, the
infected are dying out, throwing the treacherous AM13 virus to the
brink of extinction. If the infection dies out, this horrible
nightmare Georgie is living in will be a distant memory.
Until everything that’s right goes terribly wrong…
Soon after meeting some new friends in the Sanctuary, Georgie learns she’s
going to have to face the monsters outside the walls if she wants to
return to her old life. But for a scared, introverted bookworm, it
may be too much to consider…
Will Georgina conquer her fears of the dead to return home, or will she be
one of the countless others who have gone Extinct?
From quarantine to fighting for survival, we now enter the Sanctuary, the pinnacle of humankind’s hope. One should always wonder if the walls are meant to keep the monsters out or in, plus that the term “monster” is relative.
As we follow the virus, AM13, through its throws, will it become extinct or evolve leaving humans extinct? As the rumors abound with government promises (just like reality) we follow Georgie as she wrestles not only with physical demons (the zombies), but her internal demons.
All-in-all, a solid apocalypse read with varying characters and story-lines keeping it entertaining throughout.
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Samie Sands is a 28 year old freelance graphic designer who has recently
decided to follow her lifelong dream and use her creativity in a new
way by writing.
She has a degree in Media Studies and PR and has already had articles published in a
number of e-zines, including one of the most popular pieces at Zombie
Guide Magazine. She has also had short stories included in a number
of successful projects.
She lives in a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gain
inspiration from new places and different cultures.
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