“McBride writes with the perfect mixture of suspense and horror
that keeps the reader on edge.” —Examiner
In a research hangar in Virginia, a Unit 51 team studies an ancient but long-dormant virus that can transform human physiology—and turn it into something else. . .
In the Amazon rainforest, a newly evolving life form known as Subject Z acquires the ability to think conceptually, build elaborate traps, create new carriers—and spawn a new race . . .
In Mexico and Turkey, the men and women of Unit 51 race to uncover a global link between the mutations: a connection as ancient as the oldest tombs on earth—and as alien and unknowable as the universe itself. But time is running out. The infected are growing in number. And the nightmare is going viral .
“This novel is for everyone who’s still a little scared of the dark . . . a very good
—The Oklahoman on Subhuman
“Thriller powerhouse McBride begins his Unit 51 series . . . evoking feelings of shock and terror.”
—Publishers Weekly on Subhuman
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McBride's third Unit 51 thriller (after Forsaken) traverses continents to deliver a smorgasbord of bombastic plots involving alien invasions, viral outbreaks, and drug cartels. As in previous volumes, the paramilitary team of Unit 51 hunts down a sentient, alien, and ever-evolving threat, now in the form of "Subject Z." Series newcomers should not expect much plot review to orient them in this fast-paced quest, but, despite the complex web of characters, readers will still find it easy to dive in, mostly because McBride's fragmentary style splatters words, cultural references, and body parts across the pages and never hits the brakes though some jargon-heavy, illogical scientific shortcuts will pull scientifically minded readers out of the world (as when a pair of scientists conclude that a mummified humanoid's tattoos must be crucial to stopping Subject Z based on deeply faulty logic). Readers who allow the barrage of verbiage to stun their sense of disbelief are in for some thrilling entertainment.
Applaud the series finale!
Good solid exciting ending to the series! Applaud the efforts taken to close the stories on some well-loved characters, and that is what it is….love. You can’t carry three books following so many character story lines without that graceful care of their personalities and values! Great winding path to the near-catastrophe conclusion.