READ ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ S.L. GreyS he is on the journey to Sanctum He begins to ponder if his wife s precious pampered dog Claudette will be allowed into Sanctum I mean is it justifiable that a dog should be permitted a space in Sanctum that could potentially be given to human for their survival Then James muses that he could eat the gourmet dog food if food supplies run low He actually chuckles to himself that if supplies become really low he could even eat the dog It s ite ironic how James goes into Sanctum really disliking the dog but towards the end of the book ends New England A to Z up clinging to the dog for a reason to continue to live and surviveOne thing I did dislike about the book which may change when the actual book is released was the fact that at the beginning of the book there is a list of the floors and their layout and whose rooms are where within Sanctum This placement of the list in my opinion reveals too much even revealing characters we have yet to meet and revealing something inadvertently about Will Boucher I think it is aseful list but I would have preferred for the list to be placed in the book after the initial introduction of all the characters I found the way Jae offers to read to Caroline when she is ill and bedridden very endearing It shows you how he has been brought Alaska (Wolfstate Chronicles up to respect his elders andse his manners and be polite too I loved the interaction between the different characters and their personalities Throughout this book you go from the residents thinking Sanctum is some kind of vacation destination to it becoming increasingly restrictive The Selected Stories, Vol. 5 until the point it feels like a prison or a tomb that they all may endp dying inHelp does eventually arrive thanks to the residents pooling their resources and skills but has the help arrived in time Who will be left to rescueSo did I enjoy the book Yes I would normally say I do not read horror at all but this book was a brilliant mix of lots of post apocalyptic horror and what I can only describe as people watching Would I recommend the book Yes I d highly recommend this book It is a very thought provoking read There are many situations in the book where you ponder how you would hav The idea of this thriller sounded perfect for me millionaire families buying into an nderground complex to escape a deadly virus on the surface They end p getting trapped inside and then the chaos begins when the bodycount starts to riseI was initially disappointed with the authors writing style a collaboration between Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg The characters aren t great and I didn t feel much depth to them despite knowing their backgrounds and why they were there The setting isn t well described and the tension is on the whole a bit of a wash out There were only two characters I thought felt genuine James and Reuben It doesn t feel much like there is a killer on the loose but Brett a brutal 18 year old who bullies his way around the complex gets away with a LOT and that also didn t seem genuine given the circumstances The book isn t scary or thrilling and reads a lot like teen fiction rather than as mentioned in the blurb a Stephen KingMichael Crichton mash Genesis upI stuck with Under Ground however because the pages were turningickly enough and I m glad that I did After 250 pages of stumbling along the style and the substance ramps right Amber, Furs and Cockleshells up The tension is full on throughout the last 40 pages and the buildp
actually worth effort James really comes build p is actually worth the effort James really comes his own as a character and the ending is satisfying enough to not really comes his own as a character and the ending is satisfying enough to not like a cop out THIS is where the thrill comes into play I couldn t take my eyes off it and ended p sat in a car park racing through to finish before I felt I could drive home from workI think that if the whole book had been written with the same tension and skill as the final section I would have been able to give it 4 stars but as it stands I would give it 255 if I could Honestly it s been a few weeks now since I finished Underground and I ve found it difficult to find the enthusiasm to write a review I guess that says a lot about how I felt about the bookThe premise and genral idea of the story was brilliant A hidden facility built The Christian at Mass underground to shelter a handful of families from a worldwide pandemic of a killer flu As you would imagine the stress of this combined with living in such close proximity with strangers causes some issues andltimately a fair few murders There were Sunce je počelo da se zlati uite a few problems for me with the writing style of the book but I could appreciate a few social aspects the author explored during the story I liked the differing statuses of the characters some rich some poor and how this impacted the way they thought of and treated each other Racisim religion and a sexual predator were also thrown in for good measure and to crease dissension andnease within the group I could see how these were trying to build a foundation of suspense f This is a book I was sent for free from the publisher but this does not affect my opinionsSo I actually didn t reuest this book it just turned p one day at my house and I thought it looked interesting but maybe not like my cup of tea Once I read the accompanying information sheet and found out that this is a duo of writers Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg I was interested as I had heard good things about Sarah but I still didn t know if it would be my thingI m happy to say that although I had my ibbles with this book I read it right through in one sitting which is something I ve not been able to do for From Beautiful Zion to Red Bird Creek uite a while and I think becuase it s a thriller it really gripped me and made me want to find out what would happen nextIn this book we re following a world where a big virus has broken out and the world seems destined for disaster People are dying in various parts of the world and when the virus is close to hitting America a couple of families from all over are prepared These families have invested a lot of money into a project called The Sanctum a luxurious self sustaining survival condominium situatednderground When each of these very different families arrive at the Sanctum they are there in the hopes of it being a safe place for them to hide away from the Virus but of course things go wrongWhat I did like about this book is that we play a lot with stereotypes here The families all have different ethnic origins and different views on how to behave within the confined space I liked the mystery element too as the book went on I found myself pulled in by the story and wanting to know who. Erg writing as S L Grey It is perfect for fans of Under the Dome by Stephen King and films. ,is actually worth
INITIAL THOUGHTSThe cover of Under Ground caught my eye on Netgalley and pon reading the blurb that piued my interest even Netgalley places this book into the Adult Literature category though when I read the blurb it made me think this book falls into the post apocalyptic genre Will I still think the same after reading it MY REVIEWI reuested this title from Netgalley and received a free e copy in exchange for my honest review The cover shows elevator buttons with the down arrow glowing red I like the byline of Fear Runs Deep as it fits ite a lot of the characters within the bookThe area around the site of Sanctum is in the middle of fields and forests in an isolated area of Maine From the outside and above ground Sanctum has a high chain link fence topped with barbed wire It is surrounded by two trenches that have to be crossed via cattle grates Once over the trenches all that is actually visible above ground is an entrance hatch The entrance hatch looks rather like a large safe door There is also a wind turbine above ground which powers Sanctum The actual living area of Sanctum is set 50 feet From Mistress to Wifey underground and is a luxury hide out from the apocalypse Just one of the luxury features of the Sanctum is high tech moving picture screens in the place of windows these windows change as the day goes on to give the illusion of day and night There is also a choice of different views Sanctum has been marketed to high earning professionals and preppers alike The book is about the people that bought into the idea of this haven then made their way to it when a virus made it look like the world was going to be coming to an end The man in charge of this Under Ground safe haven is Greg Fuller and his grand plans for the Sanctum haven t been entirely met there s lots ofnfinished jobs to be done like a whole apartment and the medical suite The one thing left Disney Infinity: Character Encyclopedia undone that causes the most discomfort to the Sanctum residents is the elevators are not fully operational which meanssing the staircases That s sort of the main reason why Will Boucher ends Dance With The Devil up being caughtp in the whole situation that ensues Will is desperate for the money he will earn from helping out at the Sanctuary as his wife Lana is terminally ill and they have large medical bills to paySo I ll introduce you to the inhabitants of the Sanctum that have paid a lot of money to have a place an apartment within itWithin the first group one of the inhabitants didn t even know Sanctum existed The Gill group consists of Tyson Gill his four year old daughter Sarita and the Au pair Cait Tyson is in the process for taking Cait to the airport for her to return to her home in Africa Then as soon as he realises that there is a potential apocalyptic viral outbreak her drives to Sanctum only stopping on the way only for car fuel and some Smitten uickly purchased clothing for Sarita Cait will be taking the place of Tyson recently passed wife RaniThe family that is very central to the whole book are the Guthries They are living in one of the smallernits within Sanctum and their family consists of father Cam mother Bonnie and the teenage twins Brett and Gina The Guthries are heavily into being preppers so when things become difficult in Sanctum they naturally want to be in charge and have plenty to say on what should and needs to be done Brett is the mini version of his father all camouflage guns and prepping Gina has to be the dutiful daughter compliant and doing as she is ordered very seen has to be the dutiful daughter compliant and doing as she is ordered very much not heard The nlikely couple of the highly anxious James Maddox and his highly strung wife who wears the trousers in the relationship Vicki also have an apartment in Sanctum Vicki insists on her dog Claudette being allowed into Sanctum The dog is definitely Vicki s baby and eats gourmet dog food and actually drinks bottled Evian water which gourmet dog food and actually drinks bottled Evian water which a problem in the latter half of the book You come to the conclusion within a short time that Vicki values Claudette than her husband James There s also a strange tension between the Maddoxes and Tyson GillAnother family in Sanctum is the Park family father Yoo jin or Eugene as his english nickname his wife Stella a dentist and their teenaged games and internet obsessed Jae Lin Jae There is an instant conflict towards this family from the Guthries who don t like foreigners etc causing some ite racial nastiness It s 1898 uite ironic as Gina Guthrie immediately crushes on JaeFinally the last family is the Dannhauser s arrive and cause a stir as the elderly Caroline appears to be ill She arrives with her husband techie Leo and daughter who cares for her Trudi a 42 yr old ex ballerina The Guthrie s demand that the Dannhauser s must bearantined Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, until they can be sure Caroline does not have a contagious disease or the dreaded virus that is going to cause the apocalypseSo what happens with all these families Sarita Gill goes wandering in the night to find a lost toy and discovers the dead body of Greg Fuller with small bloody footprints leading away from the body Will Boucher becomes the elected leader of the disgruntled group The residents of Sanctum are already disappointed in their so called 5 star luxury safe haven that doesn t have a medical centre or a medical professional The nearest thing to a Doctor in Sanctum is Stella Parks who is a dentist Will sort of gets the leader position as no one wants the Guthrie s to be in charge of anything Everyone is nervous as to whether Greg s death was an accident or murder Things become worse when Will tries to input a security code and the system goes into lockdown When the residents realise they can no longer open the outer hatch of Sanctum as the code has literally died with Greg Naturally there is panic and lots of other things happening both to the individual families and the group as a whole There are deaths but I m not going to say who of how they dieSo what else can I share without giving too much away There s the rather cold hearted and gory solution the Guthrie s comep with to Lay My Burden Down unlock the lockdowned room the Dannhausers arearantined in Another horrifying incident is someone attempts to rape Cait Tyson Gill s Au pair Then there s the sweeter fairly innocent boyfriendgirlfriend thing going on between Jae and Gina Leo Dannhauser is somewhat of a mystery too he is so Vérité (Love at Center Court, uiet about his past even with his own daughter Leo almost seems hauntedDon t think the book is all gore and darkness there are some lighter comedic sections too I enjoyed reading from James point of view A page turning locked room mystery from the combined talents of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenb. Was behind some of the grisly goings on When thinking about what I didn t like about the book it s mostly the racism and the ending I guess the author s wanted to include some very different characters and put them all together in a place trapped away from the outside world and see how they would react but there is a lot of racism rampant in the book and this is never really solved view spoilerunless you count by killing off the racist character which I personally felt was a bit of a cop out hide spoiler This novel sees a group of characters fleeing across America when a pandemic hits the country While most are panicking the apocalypse has proved these people right they are prepared having purchased apartments in a luxurious survival condominium where they can sit out the disaster in air conditioned comfort complete with pool plenty of supplies and great medical facilities Well almost For almost as soon as the new residents move in it is clear that organiser Greg Fuller has been cutting corners The lift is not working there is no doctor and the d cor has been done on the cheap The inhabitants of The Sanctum are a wide ranging group and include gun crazed survivalist Cam Guthri What a thrilling read All very apocalyptic but on a small scale as a virus descendspon America and a group of strangers who have all invested in an Beyond the Qumran Community underground sanctuary make their way to it to escape the end of the world But once they re all locked inside and amidst the already tension filled encounters between the different characters a dead body is found and a murderer is now on the loose It s a simple setup but the writing elevates it and the characterizations sets it apart from similar fare Trying to figure out who the killer isite a ride And just when you think you may have a handle on things bodies start turning Daniels Pet upAll in all I finished the book in 2 days and loved it Totallynexpected plot developments and the ending had me floored Tell ya what Go to the bookstore or library Find this book Close your eyes step three feet to the right and pick any book It will be better than this one You have a superficially interesting setting that becomes and implausible the closer you look You have a diversity in the cast of characters that has to be called trying way too hard And each character is carrying way too much baggage just to make the plot complicated I suspected trouble right away when the elevator didn t work That hints at a plot that won t work Losing Control unless characters mobility is restricted Authors must have realized early on that the outside threat couldn t be long lasting because otherwise the book is just about people running out of food and water So to maintain tension the only solution is view spoiler to have them all locked in because only one guy knew how to get out and let s make sure they can t get a signal out either how convenient hide spoiler First of all a warning Under Ground induces claustrophobia Unless you have chocolate Chocolate helpsThe Sanctum is annderground bunker system meant to be Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (light novel) utilised if the world faces an apocalypse and let s face it nothing so great in a book as a good apoca SL Grey is a pseudonymsed by Sarah Lotz who I ve read and Louis Greenberg who I haven t They ve previously collaborated on the Downside horror trilogy Under Ground however is a standalone novelThe premise of Under Ground is very similar to that of Day Four a novel by Lotz published earlier this year Day Four follows a large diverse cast of characters stuck aboard a Marooned Cruise Ship Inducing A Sense Of cruise ship inducing a sense of and PHILIPPINES 1/1M3 uncertainty the characters are stalked by annseen horror and lose contact with the outside world which may or may not be in a near apocalyptic state Under Ground is much the same except it s set in a luxury survival condominium The Sanctum A virus is spreading flights are being grounded so the wealthy clients who ve bought into The Sanctum s condos all make their way there A bunch of spoilt mostly pretty سفر عاشوريات _ 1000 جملة ساخرة unpleasant people being coopedp together in an The Angel Intrudes (1918) underground bunker which is rather less fancy and spacious than they were promised goes about as well as you d expect and gets even worse when someone turnsp dead and the residents discover they may not be able to leave or even call for help Under Ground starts off so fast moving and absorbing it practically reads itself Like Day Four it gives a lot different characters alternating chapters keeping the pace speedy and creating lots of cliffhangers It s set in Maine not it really matters the bunker could be anywhere but has an international flavour with the cast including Americans Brits South Africans and characters with German Korean South American and Indian heritage Unfortunately Under Ground rather runs out of steam the longer the group are trapped er Clarions Call underground And it really doesn t help if you ve also read Day Four as so many of the details are similar including the descent into sualor as things start breaking down and supplies become scarce what is it with these stories and stuff about toilets not flushing The authors attempts to make Gina likeable fall totally flat and her romance with Jae feelsnnaturally shoehorned in I m not sure what I thought of the ending either though I liked the journal formatThis book has a good premise but it kind of slows down and peters out about halfway through and never regains the exciting momentum it has at the beginning It s a fun easy Claimed by the Wolf 1-4 uick read compelling but lacking any true omg moments view spoilerIt s a spoiler to say it so I can t really warn anyone offnless they happen to have taken the risk of clicking on this spoiler tag of course but it isn t actually horror either It s a straight p murder mysterythriller I suppose there s no claim that it is horror but given the authors background and how others have shelved it on Goodreads that was my expectation If I d known otherwise I d have been a lot less keen to read it hide spoiler Actual Rating 35What happens when a racist sexist gun obsessed family It s the Chinks fault Brett says They re getting what they deserve Yeah Chinks fault Brett says They re getting what they deserve Yeah you see how fast the virus is spreading into the US It s a malicious threat militarized It s going to hit and it s going to hit s big Worse than there It was aimed at Or All the Seas with Oysters us But how come their own people are dying Daddy I venture as politely as possible so that he knows I m not debatingDaddy shrugs Some foulp They dropped a vial or something I bet they experiment on their own Brett says Chinks. Such as The Hole and The Descent with a pinch of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christi.