Review: ‘Aftermath’, Book Two Of ‘The Remaining’ Series

After reading The Remaining, the first book from D.J. Molles, I jumped opened up and started reading the sequel.  The Remaining: Aftermath picked up right where the first left off.

Captain Lee Harding, a soldier (one of 48 throughout the country) D.J. Molles The Remaining Aftermathsequestered in a bunker after fear of an impending pandemic is activated to fulfill his mission:

To help restore civilization and order by gathering and uniting bands of survivors to work together.

He has exclusive access to numerous caches of food, medicine, weaponry, and communications gear placed by the government before it was decimated by the plague.

While trying to fulfill his mission out of a strong sense of honor and commitment, he needs to keep himself alive and help others while battling hordes of zombie-like infected in a hostile wasteland. Not to mention, the bands of criminals who have mostly been co-opted by a ruthless sociopaths and criminal mastermind bent on getting said supplies by any means.

Facing impossible odds daily, Hardin’s steel resolve, jarring ferocity in battle, and above all, true goodness, are admittedly inspiring. The only easy day was yesterday, indeed.

There is so much more to the story than gore and killing. Themes of honor, morality, and faith compliment the necessary fight or die components, though they are fully there. I loved these books. Here is a great approximate quote from The Remaining: Aftermath:

America is an idea. The only way to kill an idea is to kill everyone who believes in it, and the last time I checked, I’m not dead.

Imperfect sympathetic characters, great character development, and excellent descriptions. An intense, relentless, and nail biting storytelling for anyone who appreciates the genre (especially those in uniform). The setup for the third book in the series was masterful.

The Remaining, and the Aftermath sequel are among the very best of the zombie/apocalypse/pandemic/survival type genre. Click here to read my review of The Remaining: Refugees.