154. Juggernaut (Adam Baker)

Thursday, February 07, 2013
THEY SEARCHED FOR GOLD. THEY FOUND DEATH.  Iraq 2005. Seven mercenaries hear an enticing rumor: somewhere, abandoned in the swirling desert sands, lies an abandoned Republican Guard convoy containing millions of pounds of Saddam's gold. They form an unlikely crew of battle-scarred privateers, killers and thieves, veterans of a dozen war zones, each of them anxious to make one last score before their luck runs out. After liberating the sole surviving Guard member from US capture, the team makes their way to the ancient ruins where the convoy was last seen. Although all seems eerily quiet and deserted when they arrive, they soon find themselves caught in a desperate battle for their lives, confronted by greed, betrayal, and an army that won't stay dead. 
When I started reading Juggernaut, Adam Baker’s second installment in his zombie trilogy, I didn’t think I’d end up finishing it – it started a bit slow for me and wasn’t holding my attention. Fortunately, it quickly picked up pace and I found myself looking for any excuse to flip through a few pages. Juggernaut is the prequel to Baker’s first book, Outpost, and provides us with an origin story for the virus that ends up spreading around the world. The book is almost nonstop action (once they get out of war-torn Baghdad); it wasn’t until I was reminded by one of the characters checking their watch towards the end that everything had happened within a mere 24 hour period. I don’t often say this but I hope this story gets made into a movie. A great cheesy action movie like we used to have all the time in the 1980s. If you’re looking for an action/adventure/horror combo you can’t put down, pick up a copy of Juggernaut. Wait, pick up a copy of Outpost first and then pick this up.


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