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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Book Review: Zone War (Zone War Series Book 1) by John Conroe

Zone War (Zone War Series Book 1) 
by John Conroe
August 29, 2018
Pages: 341
A few short years from now, eco-terrorists unleash the worst attack the world has ever seen. Over 25,000 autonomous combat drones are released in Manhattan from the hold of a ship. Hundreds of thousands are dead, and the entire island is evacuated and quarantined in just a few days’ time.

Ten years later, Manhattan is still empty of humans, with the exception of the salvage specialists of the most watched reality show in history: Zone War. Produced live and unedited, the show follows five teams of armored vehicle specialists who brave the active drones to recover lost riches and collect bounties on dead ones. Ram it, slam it, grab the goods and bull your way back out. And don’t break down, because no one will be coming to your aid. Armored entry is the way to go… Unless…

Meet Ajaya “AJ” Gurung, sniper’s son, drone technician and Zone infiltrator. Following his father’s footsteps while forging ahead in ways all his own, AJ has the potential to be the most successful recovery specialist of all time. The drones are changing, the rules have been thrown out and nothing about the Zone is what it seems. Adapt or die.

In the near future, Manhattan is attacked with over 25,000 autonomous combat drones that were released by eco-terrorists and hundreds of thousands of people are killed. The entire island has to be evacuated and quarantined to keep the number from rising. Ten years after the attack and the drones are still controlling Manhattan.

The only people who venture onto the island are salvage specialists. A popular reality show, called Zone War is produced live and unedited which follows teams of armored vehicle specialists into the area to recover lost riches without being killed by the drones. AJ, who was raised as a sniper, is a drone technician and Zone salvage person. He is the most successful recovery specialist that has ever went into the Zone and this brings unwanted attention his way.

Conroe has branched out with his new series Zone War’s and it is every bit as good as his Demon Accords series. Imaginative artificial intelligence mixed with a bit of possible romance and death brings a new adventure for Conroe fans to enjoy. AJ is the type of character that is humble and has no idea how special his skills are. His family is likeable and relatable which adds to the appeal. If you like Terminator or any robot books or movies really, you will enjoy this.

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Denise B

About the Author:
Conroe wrote his first readable novel, God Touched, right after finishing his daughter's copy of Twilight and muttering: "Vampires don't farging sparkle!"

With seven more books in the series and a stand alone novel (Black Frost), he doesn't seem to be slowing down. He cut his reading teeth on the likes of Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, JRR Tolkien, Robert Heinlein, Andre Norton, and H. Beam Piper.

Financial professional by day and author by night (actually by morning), he bangs out his stories with fingers that are usually sore from forge burns or getting beat up at the dojo.

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