Author: Nora Roberts
Publication Date: 5th December 2017 by Piatkus
Category: Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Book Review
With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins…
They call it The Doom – a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year’s Eve in the Scottish countryside. There’s something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.
The story begins in Scotland in the run up to New Year, with the extended MacLeod family on an annual trip to their farm. As Ross MacLeod and his twin brother, Rob, were out in the fields shooting pheasant for the pot, they could have no idea of the horror that would be unleashed that day.
Back in New York Jonah Vorhies, a paramedic, and his partner rushed Ross MacLeod, with his wife in attendance, to hospital. Jonah knew Ross was already dead. He’d ‘seen’ the events leading up to this moment, even as he hated this…thing…whatever it was he had…he couldn’t stop it.
Across the river, Lana Bingham experiences an unexplainable and huge surge of her powers. She and her partner, Max Fallon, are witches but Lana’s abilities had never equalled Max’s. Until now.
Arlys Reid, a national news reporter, with her intern, Fred, tries to keep her reports up to date without causing more panic. The newspapers however are full of reports of deaths, murders, suicides, attacks, as well as acts of kindness. There is meant to be a vaccine available which never seems to materialise. When Arlys gets word of the true tally of deaths her outlook changes.
Her heart jumped. “More than two billion? Where’d you get that number?”
“I’ve gotta keep that under the vest. But it’s real, Arlys, and it’s going up a lot faster than the people in charge of this clusterfuck are saying.”
“But…Jesus God, Chuck, that’s nearly a third of the world population. A third of the world population wiped out in weeks?” Sick, she scribbled the numbers down. “And that doesn’t count the murders, the suicides, the people killed in crashes, fires, stampedes, the ones who’ve died of exposure.”