I have to admit, this story has a unique beginning. It's rare in its horror and tells of a man who saw things differently. So much that he put himself through some serious rationalization!= but he made it fun read and kept me on my toes!
Stage 3, by Ken Stark is about poor, but very quick on his feet, Mason Tenby. Or should I say, Hank Mason? Ha-Ha! In the beginning, that's a joke even he makes. Anyway, the world's gone to pot. Forty thousand feet in the air is where the story starts off. Mason had been on a return trip from what should have been the happiest day of his life, but something occurred, leaving him alone and depressed. While asleep, in a drunken stupor, something happens and the other passengers end up in a bad way. He doesn't let this affect him though, even sleeping off the remainder of his vacation while overly intoxicated. With a need to escape the real world, he wakes on the verge of a dying one...
This story is about a man who's given up on humanity; he's a self-made misanthrope. But out of that same hatred, he develops a love for a girl who needs his help. So through the wilderness that was once San Francisco, they travel to an Urgent Care center to find someone. During this journey, they encounter various dangers: predatory creatures, With empty-white eyes, the creatures once human, are unbelievably fast and vicious and cannibalistic. Then there's more... Can they survive? Can he handle what he may have to do for his traveling companion?
The world is at an end and everyone's gone insane! I enjoyed Stark's version of the apocalypse. There is no Patient Zero and there's something new added. The monsters were easy to imagine and the action was carefully described so I could see exactly what the author wanted me to see. I liked it; it was a change of pace that kept me turning the pages. Also, I loved seeing Mason's view on life change. He went from angry and selfish to a loving, caring guy for someone he didn't even know long. It was a period of growth that made the story worth while.
If you're looking for a change up in the zompoc, check out Stage 3 by Ken Stark. I grabbed my copy on Amazon.com. Have a good one, while I move on to the next read!
March 18, 2016
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