Ciao, amici! I want to devote today’s review post to one book. True, I haven’t had much reading time lately, but this one deserves a day and a spotlight all to itself, regardless of my read-for-pleasure time.
I give you Viral Blues by C.S. Boyack.
★★★★★ Fast, Fun, and Fabulous
I’ve read many of Boyack’s titles, and one of the reasons I’m devouring his backlist is because of his characters. When I saw he published something new that took characters from many of his works and combined them into one unified story, I had to snatch it up.
It was everything I expected and more.
Viral Blues reminds me of A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—a large cast of heroes with various powers/talents/strengths who band together to stop a nefarious organization from issuing in an apocalypse. Boyack’s villains plan to infect the world with a deadly virus by distributing the illness through tainted batches of the vaccination that should save the population. Thank God he’s created many story worlds with heroes who can rise to the challenge. The motley cast of characters is assembled, and what ensues is brilliant—stealthy surveillance, epic zombie battles, and action-packed shoot-outs, all under the umbrella of snarky banter Lizzie and the hat are famous for. (Clovis and Lisa more than hold their own, and the rest of the group rises to the challenge, as well.)
The plot advances at a blistering pace climaxing in a final battle I couldn’t read fast enough. Kudos to the author for a masterful work. And bonus points for the teaser at the end. I’m really looking forward to more in this series.
If you haven’t already read Viral Blues, I can’t recommend it enough. What are you waiting for? There’s a little something for everyone in there.
Have you read this story? Or any of the books these characters come from? I’d love to know what you think. Let’s talk about it.