Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Volume One by W.J. Lundy

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an introduction into the apocalyptic world of Staff Sergeant Brad Thompson. 

The radio goes quiet while on convoy in Afghanistan, a lost patrol alone in the desert. With his unit and his home base destroyed, Staff Sergeant Brad Thompson suddenly finds himself isolated and in command of a small group of men trying to survive in the Afghan wasteland. The local population has been afflicted with an illness that turns them into rabid animals. They pursue him and his men at every corner and stop. Struggling to hold his team together and unite survivors, he must fight and evade his way to safety. 

Publisher: Phalanx Press (May 29, 2014)
79 pages
Editor: Monique Happy

I gave Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Volume One 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads.
The book was purchased as a Kindle Edition.

Words can't describe how happy I am to have found a new series to really get excited about! There are good books in this genre, and then there are the ones that stand out from the rest-- the ones that make me want to purchase all the books in the series in one shot and keep reading. 

W.J. Lundy's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot falls into the latter category. From page one, I was captivated and the story just gets better as it goes. There has only been one other series that has sparked this kind of enthusiasm right from the start. It's great to find another!

Lundy's characters are soldiers who find themselves stranded in Afghanistan when the zombie outbreak hits. With no way to communicate and absolutely no knowledge of what is happening, they must find a way to survive the first few days of the outbreak. There are some victories, but there are also great losses. Once they are somewhat settled into a safe location, the soldiers' focus turns to helping the small number of survivors they find in the city. 

I am impressed with Lundy's ability to build his main characters without going into a large amount of detail about them. There is so much action in the book, there isn't much room for an in-depth look into each character. I felt I got to know the main character, Brad, and a few of his fellow soldiers quite well through their actions and their interactions with each other. 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is very much a military story. Sometimes, these can become overly technical and may not appeal to the general population. This isn't the case here. As someone who does not have a military background, I never once felt lost in Lundy's use of military-related terminology.

What happens to these stranded American soldiers? Are they going to be able to return to the United States? If so, will they be returning to a nation that has been utterly destroyed as a result of the zombie outbreak? All these questions, and more, were bouncing around in this head of mine as I finished Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Volume One. That left me with only one option: I had to have the next book in the series, Tales of the Forgotten. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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About the Author

W. J. Lundy is a still serving Veteran of the U.S. Military with service in Afghanistan. He has over 12 years of combined service with the Army and Navy in Europe, the Balkans and Southwest Asia. W.J. is an avid athlete, writer, backpacker and shooting enthusiast. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in Central Michigan.
I developed the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot series from notes and ideas I had put together while deployed to Afghanistan. I had been jokingly asked how we would defend against a zombie attack.
I wanted to tell a story that portrays the military that I know, that displays our actual capabilities. These are my thoughts, I hope you enjoy them, and thank you for reading.
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