Saturday, September 12, 2015

Book Review: Z Plan: Homecoming by Mikhail Lerma

Z Plan: Homecoming
by Mikhail Lerma
Post-apocalyptic, Zmobies, Horror, Military

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Cale's unexpected journey began while deployed to Iraq as a U.S. Army soldier in Z Plan: Blood on the Sand. When a ferocious virus spread across the globe, his military training proved not to be enough. In Z Plan: Red Tides he traveled on land, sea and air as he desperately tried to reach his family back home.

Now on U.S. soil, Cale's limits are put to the final test as he pushes his way through the undead. But something even more sinister follows his every move. In a world where the weak die and every glimmer of hope seems extinguished, Cale’s toughest challenge will be to overcome his inner demons. Can he survive the last leg of his journey?

Z Plan: Homecoming is the thrilling conclusion of the Z Plan Trilogy.

This ARC was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

It took me this long to review this book because I'm having a hard time saying goodbye to Cale. It felt like us readers from the first book to this last one, were with him throughout his journey to his way home, home meaning his family. Needless to say, seeing his family again is something that Cale truly deserves.

Mr. Lerma's writing is outstanding. There were very graphic scenes that had me gasping and biting my fingernails, moments of hope that had me cheering for Cale to never give up and those times I felt like crying out of relief because Cale got a reprieve from the horrors he comes across. And lastly, I want to hug them all, Cale, Lauren and their little daughter, friends who helped him along the way, those that were gone and those who were left behind. Every bit of it felt real that when I reached the last page, I honestly don't know whether to feel relieved for the ending or be sad that his journey finally came to a close.

Mr. Lerma is a promising author, and the entire trilogy is a series that should definitely be part of your bookshelf-- no, should be the books you take to bed because you can't stop reading it. And hopefully in the future, a novella be released as we get to see how the children of the survivors adapt to the world they now live in (ahem ahem).

Rating is 10/5

Mikhail Lerma was raised in the small town of Holdrege Nebraska. In the third grade he wrote his
first short story, in which the main character was a monkey. Not taking his career as a writer too seriously after that, he finished his high school years by joining the army when he was only 17.He spent 10 years in the army starting as a truck driver and eventually becoming a combat medic.

While deployed to Iraq in 2007 he spent missions in a turret as gunner. In his free time he began writing a story having nothing to do with monkeys. Only time will tell if this was a good career move. With encouragement from his friends and family he decided to start taking his writing seriously. Storytelling has become a passion of his, with a strong interest in horror and science fiction.He is currently going to school to become a paramedic, and finishing his first series for Permuted Press.

He lives in Iowa with his wife and three daughters. He does not have a pet, but if anyone would like to donate a male dog to level out the hormones in his house that would be much appreciated..

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