Ravage is fantastic apocalyptic horror novel by Iain Rob Wright an author who is becoming something of a legend in this genre with his unique terrifying story telling ability.
Life wasn't all bad for Nick Adams he had a beautiful wife a son he adored, a nice house a good car in fact the only thing about his life he didn't really like was his mundane job as the manager of a mobile phone shop, the job paid well by most other similar jobs standards but what Nick really hated was the conference calls he hated to make every night forced to listen who the other shops had or hadn't performed that day.
Nicks first exposure to the chaos sort of just happened really after nick had had an unusually quiet day at work with poor sales something that wasn't totally strange but coupled with the fact that the whole town centre was unusually very quiet and they few people about all seemed to be under the weather either coughing or just generally distant as of some sort of trance. So with business at a low point Nick closed up the shop and headed home to make his conference call. Unusually when Nick made the call he was promptly told that it was cancelled almost of the other managers where sick and hadn't gone in to work, so with that nick sat down with his wife and son who was now also showing signs of being ill and although Nick didn't fancy catching it himself he hated seeing his son Ill more.
Nick is woken in the night by what he thinks are burglars but when Nick investigates the noises downstairs he is met a horrific sight, his young son is eating a piece of raw meat straight out the fridge and when Nick tries to intervene his son attacks him like a wild animal, tragedy strikes and Nick tries to wake his wife but to his horror his wife attacks him too. Forced to flee the family home Nick soon discovers that it's not just his family that this unexplained event is happening too it appears the whole TOWN and maybe the Country and beyond has been struck by this disease or virus or whatever it is.
Nick soon finds help others who are also running from this madness and as the group head for the country where they believe they will be safer.
The story then splits to another group of survivors stuck up a massive hill in a fair ground / zoo in the grounds of a country house, this section of the book tells there story of survival when the madness started changing people into monsters.
The book then pulls the two stories together and sends the reader into a dramatic and pulse racing journey of loyalty, friendship but the book did leave me at the end completely shocked as I wasn't expecting it to end the way it did, although that is not a criticism as it just shows who good the author is at leading you one way before throwing you in a completely different direction like a theme park roller coaster.
Overall if you’re a fan of the horror, apocalyptic or zombie genre then I would defiantly say check this book out and I am sure that you won't be disappointed.