Still working hard to uncover the truth about the origins of the zombie virus that is threatening the world, journalist Hunter Morgan gets an unlikely ally when Mark Chen, youngest son of the co-owner of Chen-Zamora Pharmaceuticals provides him with information showing that his father has been part of a long-standing plan to cull the earth’s population.
Moving from the desert at the Texas-Mexico border to a remote bunker in China, Mutation Z5: The Dragon in the Bunker by Marilyn Peake continues the saga of a secret government plan to create an army of zombies that backfires as the zombie virus gets out of control and threatens to destroy life on earth.
The story focuses on Morgan’s quest to get his information out to the public while at the same time evading a worldwide manhunt and protecting his newborn daughter, saved from the ambush that killed his wife and older daughter.
Chilling suspense from the first page to the last, it unfortunately does not come up to the quality of the first three in the series, being a bit too choppy in places, and seems to be rushed as the author gets closer to the end. A slower pace would enhance the horror the author describes. Hopefully, the next in the series will moderate the pace a bit to allow the reader to get deeper into the story. My criticisms notwithstanding, this is still an interesting read.
I’m giving this one three and a half stars, but hopeful the next will be better.