San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats

September 6th, 2012 kimbacaffeinate Review 1 Comment

6th Sep
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats
San Diego 2014 The Last Stand of the California Browncoats
by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #3.1
Published by: Hachette
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic
Source: Purchase
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It was the summer of 2014, and the true horrors of the Rising were only just beginning to reveal themselves. Fans from all over the world gathered in San Diego, California for the annual comic book and media convention, planning to forget about the troubling rumors of new diseases and walking dead by immersing themselves in a familiar environment. Over the course of five grueling days and nights, it became clear that the news was very close to home…and that most of the people who picked up their badges would never make it out alive

The Newsflesh trilogy is hands down one of my favorite series. Filled with zombies and complex lovable characters it is a series I will re-read again and again. When I learned through Bea@ Bea’s Book Nook that this novella was available I immediately hit the click, confirm, buy button on my Nook Tablet. This tale takes place at Comic- Con in San Diego in the year 2014. It tells the tale of one of the largest Kellis-Amberlee outbreaks. I loved every, freaky, horrible detail of this tragic event.

Mahir Gowda, head Newsie of After the End Times,shares with us eyewitness accounts of the horrific event. He manages an interview with the only known survivor named Lorelei. She attended comic-con along with her parents and their friends. Referring to themselves as Browncoats they were all diehard fans of the sci-fi show Firefly. Before the outbreak they were busy setting up their regular booth to sell, posters, t-shirts, cokes and souvenirs of the show. Then the unthinkable happened. Kellis-Amberlee was still relatively unknown and the majority of the population was completely oblivious to the dangers. The tale that unfolds is terrifying, touching and filled with some of the first heroes of the rising.

San Diego 2014, was a fascinating read, and the references for sci-fi geeks like me had me laughing. By the time Feed takes place, the world knows all about the Kellis-Amberlee virus and the precautions to take, so this was a raw look at how they learned this. Grant brought the characters to life, shared final moments and provided us heroes. I laughed, I screamed and a cried.

I highly recommend this to fans of the Newsflash trilogy and can only hope Grant brings us more.

Copyright (c) 2011-2013 Caffeinated Book Reviewer

About Mira Grant

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged. Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama. Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same. Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

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One Response to “San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats”

  1. Bea

    LOVE this series, it’s so damn good. I’m glad you enjoyed the novella!