What can I say about this… except it’s an incredible follow up to Whiskey Delta! I almost wish I’d given WD a lower rating, just so I could rate this a higher one LOL. It picks up pretty much where book 1 left off, but it is written in such a way that if you didn’t read WD you wouldn’t be too lost. It’s not so much about the zombies this time, but the aftermath of that and the internal conflicts both within the Army and within each person.
Dr. Ross, (which actually is the doctor in book 1), is again recruited to find a vaccine for the zombie virus that had started to sweep the nation. Even though the first known victim, code name Papa Zulu, has been captured and quarantined, there still needs to be a vaccine to prevent another wave from attacking humanity (which some uber anti hospital hipster probably wouldn’t get anyway…). There isn’t just a race to find a cure, but a competition of sorts. There’s a constant “rooster fight” within the lab’s walls and Ross dislikes anyone who questions his authority. Highly intelligent, but highly insecure he doesn’t like his pretty assistant because she denies his advances, and is so sure her appearance gets her through life and she wouldn’t be taken seriously anywhere else. His researcher is killed upon the base attack and Ross only questions the validity to make sure he doesn’t lose credit for creating the vaccine. The doctor is kept under lock and key for several reasons once the lab is raided. Yes, this guy is a jerk and I was hoping he hadn’t lived from book 1.
Outside the research lab is a different game. As Sgt. Dezba is recovering from a severed hand and PTSD in a facility he learns to work with a mechanical hand while Sgt. Saunders tries to fill in his shoes and deal with a pseudo relationship with the platoon’s LT Braun. Both of them deal in their own way which is, ironically, much like each other.
As they’re fighting what they think is the enemy, they come to the conclusion that it’s their own forces fighting them, all in an effort to dis-way them so they can get to the remains of Papa Zulu first. It’s LT. Braun’s ass when people die due to a disobeying of orders, even though that disobedience brought the Army’s biggest victory in this war. His argument is that he had no way of knowing, given the platoon’s situation, that the orders were in fact coming from where/whom they were supposed to, and considering the Mage – the highest up- might be dead. I’m with Braun on this one. I’d rather pay for insubordination than blindly follow what might be a counter attack and set up. Another group of soldiers in history blindly followed orders-they were called Nazis. I’d rather be judge by 12 than carried by 6.
There are a few loose ends where the end of the book is concerned and to quote Braun “this can’t be the end…there has to be more…” His relationship with Saunders is brought to attention, there’s a traitor (or 2) in their midst, and his platoon might have a new leader.
Please tell me there’s another book after this one!
A true page-turner full of gripping martial action, starring realistic and well-developed characters, Papa Zulu is a great follow-up to Whiskey Delta.
Set in the zombie apocalypse, the story focuses on a conflict between two surviving militant factions – one that is working towards stopping the spread of the virus by creating a vaccine, and the other towards getting their hands on this vaccine – through whatever means possible – for mysterious and dark ends.
Throughout the story zombies pose an ever-present threat. Williams puts a fresh and terrifying spin on our flesh-eating foes, who display an eerie intelligence, making them much more than mindless. Think ambushes. Strategy. Zombie hoards with tactical sense.
All in all a riveting tale of intrigue and battle, Papa Zulu will leave you eager for the next in the series!
It’s the sequel to Whiskey Delta. I would recommend reading Whiskey Delta before reading this one just to get a hang of the characters and the things that go on.
In this book, the fighting against the Whiskey Deltas continues.
There is a lot of fighting going, soldiers talking all the time, and some very descriptive details of how everything goes on. Also, at this point they have created a vaccine to save the people and help them survive against those Whiskey Deltas.
In addition to that, Dezbas (who I mentioned in my Whiskey Delta review from book one) is in this book too. There’s something about his character. When you’re reading the book and getting to know about him, you kind of feel for him. In my opinion, he’s different than all the other characters.
As I said before a lot fighting goes on. And soldiers are talking the whole time. It’s a mix of emotions all together. It’s anger, desperation, hope, and more…
Overall, both books are new and original. They’re not your everyday zombie and survival books. Check them out! And keep in mind that both books are meant for mature audience due to army talk in them.
Here is a quote that I thought was powerful and sometimes true (if you think about it):
“Given time, people can learn to depend upon the walls that imprison them, even hug their chains.”