Erryn reviews Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness, Book #2) by Keira Andrews, published July 24, 2016 by KA Books 249 pages. The audiobook was released May 12, 2020, is 8 hrs and 3 mins and is narrated by Tristan James. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read the book: I loved book one and couldn’t wait to see how this turns out.
Adrift in a post-apocalyptic world, they only have each other. Is it enough?
A virus that turns the infected into zombie-like killers spreads through a burning world thrown into lawless chaos. Lovers Parker and Adam have escaped to the open sea when they hear a message over the airwaves from a place called Salvation Island – a supposed safe haven.
Orphaned as a child, werewolf Adam has always longed for a pack. He’s eager to investigate the island, but Parker doesn’t think for a nanosecond that the voice on the radio can be believed. He doesn’t trust anyone but Adam and is determined to keep it that way. They don’t need anyone else complicating their struggle to survive. Or do they?
Danger on the high seas can surface in a heartbeat, and if Parker and Adam aren’t careful, the current will drag them under.
When I read Kick at the Darkness, I was impressed. Written years before the current pandemic, there was an air of realism but true fiction. A virus that turned humans into Zombies, a werewolf on the run with his human lover. These days I can visualize it. Adam and Parker escape the United States – and humanity – by taking a boat and leaving shore, down the east coast headed toward the Caribbean. These days, in real life, rich people are doing all kinds of things to escape COVID including hiding out on their luxurious yachts. Of course they’ll have to come ashore for food and fuel but that’s what the employees are for.
How many of us would love a means of escape? A way to protect our loved ones? An ability to stay away until it’s safe to return?
Alas, I live in the real world. But I can sink into well-written fiction to try to put aside the daily reality.
Parker and Adam are on a boat, as I said. But soon they aren’t alone. During a bad storm they find a family in distress and decide to help. Soon after that, they are opening the home (or boat) to this group and sharing their stores. Parker has sailed for most of his life so he’s comfortable on the water. He shares his knowledge with both Adam and the family they’ve allowed to join them. I think there’s some relief in being around other people, including two young children. Gives a reason to want to keep going. To find help. To find Salvation.
Salvation island, to be precise. They hear a voice coming across the radio, a beacon in the expanse of water, beckoning them to join a group of survivors on Salvation Island. The journey will be treacherous and Parker is leery. They were taken in with a group of survivors before and Adam endured the equivalent of torture. Parker is unwilling to risk his werewolf boyfriend’s safety again.
But can they stay on the boat forever?
I won’t give away the final decision they make but it does provide some interesting plot fodder. And, of course, it’s not smooth sailing. It’s death and destruction and Zombies and the great unknown. Everything I want in my escapist fiction right now. And how does it all end? Well, this book does provide a somewhat satisfying ending, but I am hoping in the future Ms. Andrews writes a final instalment. Alas, it might be some time in coming, but I get to rest well knowing this book did round out the duology nicely.
I want to mention Tristan James. He always does a stellar job of narrating and he did again with this book. I really enjoyed it and can highly recommend it.
9.5/10 pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars