The world is overrun by an unimaginable horror. The few surviving humans are scattered in tiny outposts across the world, hoping for reprieve - or death. Waiting on the runway of the abandoned Las Vegas airport sits the B-52 bomber Liberty Bell, revving up for its last, desperate mission. On board - six crew members and one 10-kiloton nuclear payload. The target is a secret compound in the middle of the world's most inhospitable desert.
All the crew have to do is drop the bomb and head to safety.
But when the Liberty Bell crashes, the surviving crew are stranded in the most remote corner of Death Valley. They're alone in an alien environment, their only shelter the wreckage of their giant aircraft, with no hope of rescue. And death is creeping towards them from the place they sought to destroy - and may already reside beneath their feet in the burning desert sands.
The fourth book in Adam Baker’s SF-horror series, set in a world in which human bodies are commandeered by an extraterrestrial virus and turned into mindless killing machines, is the most visceral yet. Baker excels at taking a small group of individuals and putting them in pressure-cooker situations where the enemy isn’t just the hordes of alien zombies but the darkness in the hearts of the still living.
In one of the most inhospitable environments known to man, Death Valley, an antiquated B-52 bomber crashes while on a mission to drop a nuclear bomb on a secret US military compound. The crew safely eject, then struggle across the desolate landscape to the only shelter available: the plane wreckage.
With little in the way of supplies and rescue a remote prospect, they must survive burning sun, freezing nights, injury, and the undead, which are more of a threat than ever, having begun to evolve a kind of intelligence. Told in terse, James Ellroy-esque prose, Impact is punchy and propulsive entertainment.
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