The days are getting shorter and the nights are drawing in, winter is upon us! It’s that time of year when all you want to do is get cosy in the warmth and read a good book!
Author Edmund Kelly has just the book for you!
Addiction & Pestilence
Brian Phillips lies alone in the Lumpton Treatment Center, reflecting on the poor choices that lead him there. When a deadly virus is unleashed, Brian must flee for his life—aided only by a strange, otherworldly figure …
Meanwhile, Drew’s life is turned upside down when his wife walks out following an explosive argument about his drinking. The next morning he receives an untimely phone call, sending him to his ailing mother’s bedside.
As Drew arrives in Florida, a horrifying plague spreads at an alarming rate throughout the Earth. He must now make the long journey home on foot, encountering others along the way—each with their own hidden addictions. As the world is plunged into chaos, can those remaining fight through a disintegrating humanity and overcome their demons … or will they simply succumb?
A compelling look at addiction and the perseverance of the human spirit, Addiction and Pestilence is the exciting first installment in Edmund Kelly’s Slaying Dragons series.
Addiction & Pestilence received a ☆☆☆☆☆ review from Kw Book reviews. Read the review below
“Addiction & Pestilence” by Edmund Kelly is a post-apocalyptic novel, the first in the Slaying Dragons: A Journey Through Hell series. The novel starts off by telling the story of Brian Phillips, a man who ends up in Lumpton Treatment Center due to his rocky past with drugs. One day, out of nowhere, a creature not of this world enters Brian’s life and from there on, he must figure out a way to save himself and the people of the world. At the same time, Drew, a man who drinks too much, is feeling hurt as his wife Annabelle tells him she wants a divorce. He flies to Florida to visit his sick mother but when he arrives there he notices there is much more going on around him. The sickness is spreading, and soon it will manage to take over the entire world. Will Drew, surrounded by close-knit strangers, be able to protect and save them? Ultimately, will every person on Earth manage to overcome their own addictions and be able to save themselves?
There are a lot of characters in this book. At first, it was difficult for me to follow each character’s background. But by the time I finished reading I realized that the characters bring the story to life. Each person introduced in this story, even the minor ones, have a unique backstory. I thought it was very smart and realistic to show that every person around you has their own“dragon” to slay, meaning, some sort of addiction to conquer- whether it be drugs, alcohol, or even a craving for love and attention. I was especially engaged in Drew’s story. He could certainly be unlikeable at times but overall proved that he is a good man of worth who happened to be swept up in something that damaged him. Unfortunately, it can happen to the best of us, and this book really helped me wrap my head around that idea.
The use of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is super creative and interesting. This book focuses on the White Horseman. If you’re not familiar with the biblical story, the White Horseman spreads evil and pestilence (hence, the title of the novel,) and this is basically a modern re-telling of it. The twist of faith it brings into the novel makes it more complex and compelling to read. I am excited to see how Kelly manages to incorporate the other Horsemen throughout the rest of the novels in his series.
Overall, being a quick read, I liked this book a lot. I am not usually a huge fan of post-apocalyptic stories but this one had me hooked. Once I really got into it was hard to get me to stop reading it. I felt like I was watching an episode of the TV show Supernatural. Before reading the book I assumed it would be about something totally different, but ultimately it managed to pleasantly surprise me. Kelly’s writing flows very well, and the way he incorporated each character’s story and managed bring them together shows off his talent of writing. It seems he has a vision for each person he writes about and I can’t wait to see where it all ends up. I suggest this book to any person who loves a magnificent, end-of-the-world story that will stick with you. I know this story will always stick out in my mind as one that was hauntingly entertaining, but also managed to teach me a valuable lesson about people and overcoming addictions.
Find out more about author Edmund Kelly and his work on his official website www.edmundkelly.com