My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am a sucker for a good disaster story. I really am. It is sort of like the human predilection to watch a train wreck. You know what’s going to happen, but tearing your eyes away is almost impossible. From the very book title, Salby Damned, you know it is going to be one of those kinds of books. This is offering by Indie Author, Ian D. Moore is simply too good to pass up. Go ahead, watch the carnage … you just have to!
The story chronicles the actions of the protagonists Nathan and Evelyn as they end up fighting their way through a bio-weapons disaster of biblical proportions. Along the way, they find themselves in the company of Holly and Tom, who are two children who were separated from their mother. Along with a cast of characters, we see Nathan (who happens to be a former British Military Sargent) and Evelyn (who happens to be a Bio Scientist working for the military) work their way through a difficult situation.
During their work, Nathan becomes victim to the bio-weapons that it turns out Evelyn had a hand in creating.
Writing a book like this can be difficult. There are minor plot lines you have to entertain as a writer and ensure none of them are left unresolved. Ian does a masterful job at this as he ensures the reader is always wondering, but just long enough that when that plot points advance, you are rewarded for your short wait.
Character development can be difficult for a new author and even here Ian dealt with it like a true pro. I always tell people the mark of good writing is when you care about the characters. I truly cared about what happened to them. They seemed real to me and that is when you know the writing is good.
I will say that all-in-all, Ian did an excellent job on Salby Damned and I think it is highly likely I will be reading his second book in the series in the very near future.