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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Holocaust Engine: A Post-Apocalyptic Pandemic Thriller is a work of fiction in the action and adventure, thriller, and horror sub-genres, and was penned by author duo David Rike and Stephen Patrick. In this fascinating and gripping thriller read for adult audiences, we find ourselves in the Florida Keys when a terrifying virus forces them to become cut off from the rest of civilization. With nowhere to turn but in on themselves, the neighborhoods and islands become mighty fortresses and desperate encampments who want to keep the hyper-violent victims of the virus out. What results is a chilling community horror adventure like no other, and one which leaves you with a lump in your throat throughout.
Author team David Rike and Stephen Patrick have crafted one of the most interesting and original virus-style thriller novels I’ve read in a long while. As a horror fan, I felt that the violence, threat, and suspense were in excellent balance throughout the novel, with different aspects of fear coming through in a sophisticated way that elevates itself above shock value. The psychological aspect of how the area becomes divided really fascinated me, taking a small-town horror vibe and placing it in a wild section of waterways and tropical islands to enhance the danger. The more I got to know the characters and the progression of their skills, the more I wanted another book in this excellent series to devour right away. Overall, I would highly recommend The Holocaust Engine for fans of horror, thriller, and virus-style adventure novels.