Recently, the nice folks over at Prepper Press sent a copy of the newest addition to their fiction lineup for me to review. The book, Brushfire Plague, follows its hero as he comes face to face with what could be the end of mankind - a plague of apocalyptic proportions.
The premise of this book is right up my ally, although I have always assumed that TEOTWAWKI would bring about disease, rather than disease bringing about TEOTWAWKI. Brushfire Plague gets right down to business. Rather than dawdling around, the author (R.P. Ruggiero) immediately sets the stage for impending disaster.
I have to admit, as I began reading this book, I had low expectations. The first chapter was somewhat hard for me to wade through. However, the more I read, the more engaging and well written the book became. By chapter 2, I was hooked. Brushfire Plague is definitely a page turner.
I read this book in two days flat. I laughed out loud more than once, got frustrated with the hero for not being more prepared and empathized with the difficult decisions that were required. I was caught by surprise by plot twists that I wasn't expecting and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
After I finished reading (I had talked over many of the finer points with Sir Knight as I made my way through the book), I passed the book off to get a male perspective. Sir Knight proclaimed the book a great read - pure fiction and pure fun. He really enjoyed the characters. He thought they were very memorable and one even reminded him of our own "Captain Crunch". Sir Knight thought the TEOTWAWKI scenarios were very realistic and the dilemmas that the characters faced were very "real world".
I heartily recommend Brushfire Plague. Although it made my agent orange act up (nothing like a good book to rekindle that prepper fire), it was very engaging and I enjoyed it immensely. Don't put Brushfire Plague down after the first chapter. Keep reading - you'll be glad you did!
And now I am eagerly awaiting the second installment!