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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
The Surge by Monica Abbott begins in 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Major George Hahn leads a group of U.S. Special Forces to the Babylon Museum. There they find a large heavy crate. From within the crate, two slender gray figures rise then dissipate. On the crate are etchings with embedded lapis lazuli stones. Hahn takes the crate to a Deep Underground Military Base, or D.U.M.B., to a team of research scientists working on super-soldiers known as Gilgamen. Operation Ancient Seed refers to the management and control of an enhanced population. The Surge, which follows an EMP, is part of a master plan to turn the minds of the population into robots. Anybody with D-11 in their system would be enhanced. NOVACC vaccine truther group and Dr. Johanna Silverberg, conspiracy theorist, warn the population against getting the D-11 vaccine as it contains a nanobot that rewrites their DNA code. Anybody without the D-11 vaccine must get to a place with vortexes or magnetic anomalies to reverse the Surge or face certain death from AMNW - accelerated muscular and neurological wasting. Cousins Rayner Pierce (electrical contractor) and Gideon Hahn (engineer) race their children to Sedona where the magnetite and the abundance of quartz with piezoelectric properties contribute to Sedona’s geomagnetism. They are followed by aliens Raff and Snuff and must use all their skills to survive.
The Surge is an action-packed story filled with interesting phenomena from aliens to enhanced people. Monica Abbott introduces the variety of characters as they enter the story, describing each one in detail including their personalities and appearances. The unusual locations are vividly depicted, making it easy for the reader to form a mental picture of the places and people. I especially enjoyed the dialogue between the friends and family members, including their banter and formal discussions. Reading this novel leaves a person with a feeling of achievement as the characters do whatever it takes to survive. The story is smooth flowing and a quick easy read, perfect for the upcoming holidays. I would recommend the novel to readers of any age who enjoy science fiction stories.