They helped destroy the world. Now they have to survive the new one.
For rentboy Nico Fernández, it’s a simple job: seduce a presidential advisor to help cement approval to launch Project Juggernaut. He’s done similar work for General Logan McClosky before, and manipulating people for his favorite client beats the hell out of being trafficked for slave wages in some corporate brothel.
Zach Houtman feels called to work with the most vulnerable outcasts of society. But his father, the Reverend Maurice Houtman, insists that Zach work for him instead as he runs for Senate. Zach reluctantly agrees, but is horrified to see his father leave behind Christ’s mandate of love and mercy to preach malicious zealotry and violence instead. Zach even starts to suspect his father is working with fundamentalist terrorists.
When Project Juggernaut accidentally unleashes a deadly plague that claims billions of lives, Nico and Zach are thrown together, each bearing a burden of guilt. With only each other for safety and solace, they must make their way through a new world, one where the handful of people left alive are willing to do anything—and kill anyone—to survive.
Juggernaut tells a story about how a virus wiped out the human race in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society. It’s a very well written, well developed story with a variety of stories throughout this one book and a bunch of different well developed characters. Since I have not read the first book in the series, I was afraid I might be lost. However, this works well as a stand-alone because it is a prequel to the entire series.
Nico and Zach have amazing chemistry together! I could not help but want to know more about this couple and their dynamic. Nico works for his mother at her successful business as a rent boy. His family and job are everything to him. On the other hand we have Zach – he lives to please people and make them see the good. Things happen in this story that I don’t want to give away, but there is a lot of angst and suspense and action throughout. Also, a few of the scenes were a little tough to get through, but well worth the effort to finish.
I really enjoyed this prequel and look forward to reading book 2 in this series.
The weapon that nearly destroyed humanity may be their only salvation.
Rhys Cooper’s unique immunity to all three strains of the virus that nearly annihilated humanity has brought him the unwanted attention of Clean Zone scientists. They’ve summoned him for testing—ostensibly in the hopes of finding a vaccine—but Rhys’s partner, Darius Murrell, has good reason not to trust any government. He and his comrades in Delta Company were unwitting test subjects for Project Juggernaut, the military experiment that gave them superhuman abilities and unleashed the pandemic. Doubting the government’s intentions, Delta Company refuses to let Rhys go alone.
Fear of infection has kept Zach Houtman and his lover Nico Fernández apart for a decade. They meet rarely, just long enough to coordinate their spying on the head of the government’s virus research division. Secretary Littlewood is a vicious predator, and they suspect he’s trying to acquire the strain of the virus that would make him superhuman. To stop him, they need the perfect bait: Rhys.
For Rhys, helping them might cost him his relationship with Darius—or his life. For Zach and Nico, even if their plan succeeds, they still face the ultimate question: can infected and uninfected people ever live together safely?
The second book in the Strain Series, Bane is full of more turmoil and angst for Nico and Zach. Fear of infection has kept them apart for a long time. It has affected their relationship horribly where they only meet up to spy on the government. Rhys’ immunity makes him the perfect specimen to test for a vaccine, even though his partner, Darius, does not trust the government at all.
Nico and Zach can’t seem to get ahead of all of life’s circumstances. They know that things have happened for the greater good, but that doesn’t mean they have to like it. I wasn’t sure if these two could work in this book, but they did. I found Nico’s protectiveness over not wanting to infect Zach to be sweet and caring, even if it meant they were apart. It was his way of protecting the man he loves in his own, weird, way.
Poor Rhys and Darius have been together, but Rhys is so damaged from the abuse he went through. The dynamic between these two works so well. The author did a fantastic job of growing these two characters and their relationship. Everything gets laid on the line between these two and they end up in a very good place after all the turmoil and angst. I really, really, loved this couple a LOT!
While this story may not be for everyone, this one and Juggernaut are well worth reading for those who enjoy m/m and dystopian stories. The world building and writing is like no other and grabs the reader’s attention and holds tight.