Afognak by James Rains


By: James Rains
Pages: 276
Published on: March 12, 2015
Afognak by James Rains

Run. Fight. Die.

The island of Kodiak, Alaska has been harboring a dark secret for centuries, and that secret is about to be unearthed.

Dr. Joseph Karikoff and a group of survivors race against time to flee the horrors unleashed on the island in this apocalyptic biomedical thriller.

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Andi's Review


So I received this book awhile ago, and there were some formatting issues, and I couldn’t read it.  I got a new kindle, and they sent me a new copy and TaDa it works now.   If you don’t like medical terminology or medical dramas, I would stop reading.  However this one mixes Zombies with Medical terminology and some drama.  Do I still have you interested.


So Alaska, other than being cold and isolated, has a lot of anthropology and archaeology treasure troves.  It is one of the last places that individuals are starting to research, probably because of the aforementioned cold factor.  This story takes place on a remote island that you have to either fly into or boat into.  No this is not fiction, there are many islands like that, in fact the Japanese were stationed on such islands during World War II.  OO see what I did there, I threw in history as well.  Get all those social sciences in.  Anyways, on this island there is a population around the 1000s, a hospital, a police station, a college, a dock, some stores, a lot of radar, satellite dishes, military stuff, oh and some archaeological digs.  So we can skip everything else and get to the archaeological dig right now.  A location for a burial was found, and with it the skeletons of not only animals but also humans.  of course the bones were brought back to the college in attempts of figuring out what it was, and how it would change the face of history.  Well it did change the face of history, but I doubt it was in the way that the scientists had hoped for.


People that were at the dig started getting sick, and then starting to ooze green and black stuff from their mouth.  They also started to attack those that were not infected.  See where I am going with this.  People start to realize that things are bad, like really bad, when all of the communications go down.  In hopes of saving those who have not been affected, the police chief, a man with a past, decides to hit the Oh Shit button.  okay that is not what it is called, but seriously, that is what it is.  Anyways the government gets involved, and we know how sideways that can get, guess what?  It goes sideways, people die, lots and lots of people.  A side plot that is part of the main plot, but also not develops and you start to learn about the Police Chiefs, past, which of course can’t be wine and roses.


All sarcasm aside, this is really a good book, and it does not have the stereotypical “not infected run to mall” well because there isn’t a mall.  The author was able to detail the land in such a way that it seems like you are there with the uninfected.  However it goes beyond this, into a more indepth medical thriller than I originally thought. The author also seems to have at least a grasp, or a good consultant who knows the ins and outs of the medical field enough to make the scientists sound real.


The relationships between the characters and between the characters and the story are interesting.  Some individuals you feel are going to become integral and you start to like them, because no one likes a red shirt, you know they are going to die.  If you are going to kill someone off in 4 pages, don’t give their life story, because it doesn’t matter.  Other relationships are good, you can see why the author has put certain people in it, some for comedy relief, some for making a decision that could save or damn everyone, and those who you feel may have a life after this book.


There are a couple of things that I don’t like about it.  First the Bear, seriously you could have left the bears out of the story, because I felt bad for the bear, and I hate reading stories where there is an animal that gets hurts.  Unless it is a shifter, then it is human, and I don’t have the same heart strings being pulled.  It doesn’t need to happen, especially when another animal senses the pain/death and starts moping around.  Seriously, it is not needed.  The other thing that I didn’t like was the ending.  It was too 28 Days Later or Day of the Dead for me.  I would have liked to see a conclusion that was one, not leaving it open for another book.   Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book, and it was unique, I actually liked it, but apparently I thought deep about this book by the review I just wrote.


4 fangs



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