Helen Small is journalist at the largest news organization in the Republic of Texas, and a survivor. Seven years after a plague – known as Pan21 – has culled humanity in half, the Republic is falling into a totalitarian state. Survivors – the few who contracted the virus and survived, though they lost all pigmentation in their skin and hair and eyes – are being vilified by William Chaste, the new Administrator of the Republic. An army of Chaste’s zealots known as the Grey Alliance has taken on the “patriotic” call of protecting the Republic from survivors, who they believe – based upon false information from Chaste – are still spreading the plague.
When a mob of Grey Alliance supporters murder a survivor, Helen finds herself in an increasingly hostile and fearful atmosphere as she attempts to uncover the truth and expose Chaste’s lies. All the while, she struggles with her own guilt at having survived the plague that killed both her husband and son. Amidst all of the bleakness she meets Francisco Stiles, an artist from the barrio in Denver who offers her a chance at a real life – and love. Average citizens and co-workers become more hostile towards her (and all survivors) and she loses her job because she makes people uncomfortable and fearful. Having lost everything, she decides to go to the barrio to be with Stiles.
Tensions escalate in the Republic and Helen is attacked and then arrested while driving to Denver. She is put in jail without any rights or even a phone call. Two articles by her appear on the Republic Voice website – written and uploaded before she was fired – questioning Chaste and proving he is lying. She and the virologist who helps her with the science are announced as terrorists for spreading false and misleading information.
Helen realizes no one knows she is in jail. No one knows where she is. At her lowest moment, she understands that she has to rely on herself to escape.
With her comm dead and charging, she drives to Denver. Chaste intensifies the lock-down of the Republic. The plan to round up survivors is announced and Helen is identified as the author of the articles and misinformation spread about Pan21. The hunt for her as a terrorist is officially on.
Agents Of The Undertow is a thrilling, compelling and addictive novel that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. Agents Of The Undertow is book one in the Pan21 series written by the talented author Jack McDaniel and what a brilliant start to the series the book is! Agents Of The Undertow is a book that is captivating thanks to the unique premise of the story and the enthralling literature courtesy of Jack McDaniel. I have always been drawn to dystopian novels and so I was compelled to read this book when I discovered it and now that I have finished it and have already started reading book two, I can happily write that Agents Of The Undertow is an incredible and refreshing dystopian novel that does not rely on gimmicks and an abundance of action. Instead, McDaniel flawlessly weaves themes throughout his book that ensures that he does not have to rely on such topics and the result is a captivating story that all readers should have the pleasure of reading.
Agents Of The Undertow is a multi-layered plot that will take the readers on a journey through a dystopian America in which a deadly plague knows as Pan21 has wiped out the majority of humanity with only a few survivors remaining. The reader will be taken to the Republic of Texas, and here a few survive however those that have survived have now lost all pigmentation in their skin, hair, and eyes thanks to the vicious virus. The survivors have more issues to face then just their health as they are being ‘vilified by William Chaste, the new Administrator of the Republic.’ William Chaste has taken it upon himself to create an Army known as the ‘Grey Alliance’ to ‘protect’ the Republic from the survivors as he believes that they are still spreading the plague that is responsible for killing half of humanity. The reader will follow the protagonist of the story and journalist Helen Small as these events unfold. Helen will discover Chaste’s terrifying plot while she fights to survive both physically from danger as well as from herself as the guilt she experiences from surviving the plague, when her family did not, torments her. The result of all of this combined is an enthralling, profound and chilling story that will challenge the way you think as well as excite you from beginning to end.
The story of Agents Of The Undertow is highly original and unlike anything I have read before. I am an avid reader, and I read a lot of dystopian novels as it is a brilliant genre, however, I have found lately that the majority of these books in this genre are lackluster, predictable and unoriginal. The author of Agents Of The Undertow, Jack McDaniel has managed to accomplish the almost impossible, he has managed to write an entertaining, unpredictable and original story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats – so the complete opposite of some not so great dystopian novels!
Jack McDaniel is a phenomenal writer who knows how to grasp his reader’s attention from the first page. McDaniel, instead of writing a long build-up thrusts his reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is immersed and captivated by the story quickly. I am impressed by McDaniel’s ability and decision to place the reader in the thick of the drama early on because sometimes a long build-up can kill the story before it has even started, so I am impressed with McDaniel for his excellent plot device.
McDaniel is not only brilliant at weaving intelligent plot devices throughout his book; plot devices such as twists and turns and shocking moments, to entertain his readers, but he is also a fantastic writer for his descriptive literature. The descriptive powers of McDaniel will immerse the reader in the novel as they will be able to entirely imagine every fine detail, details of the barren landscape and even the survivors who have a unique look thanks to their loss of pigmentation. The use of these vivid descriptions will make the reader want to be apart of the story even more as they feel included by McDaniel and this is just one of the many magnificent qualities courtesy of McDaniel.
As Jack McDaniel has written a chilling, thought-provoking and captivating story that will easily entertain readers for many days and nights, I, of course, have to award the thrilling book five stars! If you are a reader who loves dystopian novels but find they are all similar, then I challenge you to read Agents Of The Undertow because it will remind you that there are fantastic dystopian novels out there still that are original and highly entertaining! Please do read the preview of the book below and make sure to check back next week because my review of the second book in the series – Agents Of Hope – will be live!
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