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1st To Die notes; Chapters 5 to 7

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 5

Detective Inspector Lindsay Boxer is called to the scene of the homicide, protocol is followed even though she is still reeling from her doctor’s appointment.

I kept hearing the doctor’s words sounding over and over in my head. In severe cases, Negli’s can be fatal.

The reader is then following her as she approaches the Mandarin Suite and the final resting place of David and Melanie Brandt. Continue reading

The Gates notes; chapters 6 to 8

The Gates

Chapter 6; In Which We Encounter Stephanie, Who Is Not a Demon but Is Still Not Terribly Nice
Stephanie is Samuel’s babysitter, and she isn’t very good at it. In fact, she sounds like the kind of person who shouldn’t be left in charge of any children, at any time, especially as she has no temper for little boys at all. She has lots of time for older boys as she gets her boyfriend to threaten little Samuel whenever the boy displeases her. Sure Samuel plays pranks but every young boy does that and she should either accept that fact or move on to other employment. Like a milk round. Still if she was any good at babysitting she wouldn’t be suitable for this book and the author does a rather splendid job of making me dislike her and her bully of a boyfriend (named as Garth). Continue reading

Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 7

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 7
Vayl is a fantastic person to work for/with.
How many bosses order a high class breakfast for you, laden with all the food you love to eat on those special mornings. i.e. The mornings that you wake up bruised & battered thanks to some covert, underhanded, sneaky bad guys.
Only in fiction can this ever happen.
So, as Jaz salutes Vayl, so do I.

I saluted his closed door with my mug and said, “To you, Boss. May you never realize how much I truly like you.”

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World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 4, 5, 6 & 7

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Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 4, Jesika Hendricks.

This young woman has lost her family, and yet tries not to think bitter thoughts. I’d like to think that makes her a good person, or at the very least, a compassionate person.
No, maybe being compassionate is the better deal.
Being a good person relies too heavily on what other people think of you as a person, defined by society’s rules.
Compassion may be what allows her to continue to help clearing Canada’s lands of dismembered body parts, regardless of her own personal tragedy.

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 5, Mary Jo Miller.

Considering pre-war, Mary was just another typical mother/worker, she’s shown herself to be a smart lassie.
Yeah, she helped build & manage Troy but her views; she accepts her share of the blame, for the mismanagement of those early days. She and her family were one of those that bought into Phalanx, she believed in the fallacy of a cure.
She knows different now and it shows in her final comments.

At least we’re cleaning up our own mess, and maybe that’s the best epitaph to hope for. “Generation Z, they cleaned up their own mess.”

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World War Z notes; Total War chapter 7

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Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 7, Total War; Chapter 7, Todd Wainio.

It’s been a while since I had time to read for the fun of it, this is the last chapter of Total War and it makes sense that it’s Todd Wainio who closes the 7th part of the book.
The man who survived Yonkers & all the shit during the outright & total war against the ghouls has had some tales to tell.

This chapter focuses on the closing stages of the Z war, the meticulous search for any remaining enemies in America. How they used a staggered line approach as they would search for plane wreckage in our time frame, or a crime scene.
Weather was a major obstacle, as was night-time.
They were reluctant to move during the night, it doesn’t surprise me as there would be less light pollution and so night would truly be pitch-black. Fog was another problem as the world climate would’ve changed rather dramatically. As evidence suggests, the nuclear winter has drastically changed the global temperature and winter’s are now especially long & harsh.
Todd was one of many soldiers during this time, slowly pushing from the Rockies to the Atlantic coast, reclaiming their country literally inch by inch. It apparently took three years to clear the way and I would imagine the mountains would have proved the most difficult. The three main army groups (North, Centre, and South) had to move as one long line, covering every inch of America, sounds like an extraordinary effort and I can only hope they had enough radios (or similar lines of communication) to make sure nothing slipped through their net. Which is where the idea of the Force Appropriate Response came into effect, destroying the minor zombie threats and allowing the units to leapfrog their way across the country while keeping the line unbroken.
Effective but it must have been extremely difficult in practice.

He is more than aware of the similar predicaments of other countries, he states that a BBC film showing Britain’s clean-up operation creeped him out enough without the extra “mood music”. He seems especially grateful that he was discharged from the army prior to the clean-up operations in Canada & Mexico, who obviously didn’t have the same access to manpower & resources as their neighbours. Continue reading this post

World War Z notes; Around The World And Above chapter 7

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Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 6, Around The World And Above; Chapter 7, Admiral Xu Zhicai.

[Note: For the sake of clarity, Western naval designations have replaced the authentic Chinese.]

It seems the Chinese authorities allowed the zombie virus to ransack their country. The army really thought that throwing more people/soldiers to the zombie hordes would solve the problem. Idiots. Pity the poor fools who just ended up as fodder, someone else to be eaten and thus join the ranks of the undead.
Obviously Admiral Xu had no love for the plan to save his country, but orders are orders I guess and he obeyed.
He understands now, of course, but there seems to have been some hostility towards a certain Captain Chen and his plan.
If the army hadn’t been so arrogant, as the Admiral puts it, perhaps they wouldn’t have dismissed the Redeker Plan so carelessly. The army truly was secure in it’s superiority over this and any threat.
They really were dense about the whole situation.

So, it fell on China’s navy to find the solution to this devastating virus. How can they save their people, their civilisation. There was and is no cure.
Captain Chen’s plan, according to the now Admiral Xu, was to escape the mainland. Alone and without authorisation.
It seems that Captain Chen was Zhicai’s commanding officer at the time, he explains how his family was on base already but that his shipmates had to get word to their relatives.
The plan being that they would “get underway” fully stocked with the usual supplies, plus the families of those crew members assigned to the Admiral Zheng He submarine. Continue reading this post

World War Z notes; The Great Panic chapter 7

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Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 3, The Great Panic; Chapter 7, Todd Wainio.

The imagery of this chapters opening is very vivid.
Max must have gotten the idea of the statue from the iconic “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”.
Max’s description of Todd’s physical appearance is just evocative as the statue. From the old before his time look to the parallel gouges on his cheek, Todd has obviously not only seen it all but had to live through the experience.

I can kind of see where Max may have gotten some of his ideas from, for this chapter. Historical events like World War 1 & 2 and the Zulu wars all have that “lions led by donkeys” syndrome. Most generals think that they’re the ones who win the wars but it’s not. It’s just an ordinary soldier with a gun and some guts. Especially the soldier who can’t see the reason (if any) behind the whole debacle.
I can envision the battle of Isandwala as being the most similar to Todd’s recollections. An advanced army, with vast numbers and superior weaponry getting their heads handed to them on a silver platter.
At Isandwala, the Zulu people royally kicked the British Army (and rightly so). An advanced professional army verses a bunch of natives armed only with shields, iklwa’s & assegai’s. Later learning to use their enemy’s weapons.
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