The Last Bastion of the LivingBy Rhiannon Frater
Stand Alone NovelGenre: Futuristic Zombies, Adult, Dystopian, Syfy/Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
The Bastion was humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. A fortified city with a high wall, surrounded by lush land rich with all the resources needed to survive, protected by high mountain summits, and a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, the Bastion became the last stronghold of the living on earth. But one fateful day, the gate failed and the Inferi Scourge destroyed the human settlements outside the walls and trapped the survivors inside the city. Now decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city as resources and hope dwindle.
Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her whole life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of her lover, Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.
Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.
Order signed books from Rhiannon Frater's online bookstore
I read this during the Books, Brains ‘n Blood read-a-thon in August and I aaaalmost put it down to move onto something else that would be a quicker read. The beginning was confusing and it was hard for me to get into the story and wrap my head around this new world. But after a while I definitely changed my tune and in the end I very much enjoyed this book. It has multiple types of zombies (aka Inferi Scourge), the blood and gore that I love and expect from Rhiannon’s writing, mucho political corruption, mystery and suspense that follows such corruption, and some very interesting twists. Rhiannon Frater has hit yet another homerun zombie book. This story has stuck with me more than most books.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5