R.P. RuggieroR.P. Ruggiero lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two sons. He spends as much time as he can in the outdoors and strives to live by Robert Heinlein’s credo that, “Specialization is for insects.” When he is not outdoors, writing, or learning a new skill, he works coordinating people to achieve their
BRUSHFIRE PLAGUE II: RECKONING
After Cooper Adams tells the world the shocking truth about the origin of the catastrophic Brushfire Plague, he faces a series of dire consequences. Driven from his home by betrayal, he flees with his son and others to a remote hideaway. Their dangerous journey brings them face to face with a desperate world spiraling into collapse and new challenges that cost Cooper dearly. He soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly conflict with a local strongman bent on domination of the local population. When he strikes a blow for freedom against this petty tyrant, he faces impossible choices in trying to save his son’s life – and to protect his innocence. Amidst their daily battle to survive, Cooper is shocked to learn that the Brushfire Plague has new layers of treachery and conspiracy that continue to upend their world. Can Cooper Adams survive the violence, hunger, and a world racing toward Armageddon? What will it take to elude those pursuing him to silence the truth? Will his son survive and at what cost? How will Cooper resolve the growing tension between two women that offer their own set of impossible choices? In the end, Cooper faces this reckoning with only a small band of trusted friends, his faith in the truth, and his fading hope that the crumbling world around them can somehow be salvaged.
"After reading the first installment of the Brushfire Plague trilogy, I anxiously awaited the release of Brushfire Plague II: Reckoning to see where Ruggiero would take the cliff-hanger at the end of the story as I knew the characters would have to quickly evolve to deal with new threats and continue to survive through the devastation caused by the plague and its aftermath. Without hesitation, I can say that volume two did not disappoint.
The vibrant imagery used throughout the second book drives a strong connection between the reader and the story, making it less about the topical events happening (though the thrill-factor during the action scenes won't let you out this book down for even a second) and more personal. In scene after scene, you can't help but see a part of yourself in each of the characters when they are at their best and worst reacting to the horrific circumstances that snowball as the story unfolds.
Perhaps the most impressive part of this book, however, is the skill with which the author keeps you engaged in the story while subtly helping to teach basic survival planning without getting preachy or over complicated. The common-sense advice and forecasting of what would likely be very realistic scenarios in a post-apocalyptic world are hugely instructive and will benefit anyone who reads this book.
I loved it, I've bought this and the first volume for friends and family, and I can't wait for the third volume to drop."
- Amazon Review