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Campbell returns to his “impressively convincing vision” (Publishers Weekly) of the apocalypse, as humanity’s last hopes struggle to outlive the end of the world…Leading the U.S.S. Nimitz survivors has forced Father Xavier Church to make some hard decisions, but he’s protected his flock. Only, his fortress is about to fall, and, this time, he might not be able to save themCampbell returns to his “impressively convincing vision” (Publishers Weekly) of the apocalypse, as humanity’s last hopes struggle to outlive the end of the world…Leading the U.S.S. Nimitz survivors has forced Father Xavier Church to make some hard decisions, but he’s protected his flock. Only, his fortress is about to fall, and, this time, he might not be able to save them all…Most people lost everyone they loved to the walking dead, but Evan Tucker didn’t have anything to lose. The folks on the Nimitz are the closest family he’s ever had. He’ll fight to his last breath to make sure nothing comes between them—no matter whether its the undead or the living…Coast Guard captain Elizabeth Kidd has always been a consummate professional, the opposite of her cruel pirate ancestor of the same name. But the Omega Virus didn’t just change people into zombies; for some, the change was more subtle, and much more nefarious…As the safe-haven of the Nimitz is besieged by vicious marauders and terrifying Hobgoblins, they come up against the most deadly obstacle they’ve faced yet, one they have no chance of defeating—the cruel whims of nature itself…...

Title : Crossbones
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Crossbones Reviews

  • Billy Roper
    2019-05-27 07:35

    No errors, typographical or grammatical, in this very well edited Zombie Apocalypse thriller, something which sadly cannot be said for some of the genre, particularly those serialized. This installment leaves one WANTING a sequel, to find out what happens to the handful of survivors after the West Coast is devastated by a 10.6 mega-quake. It's NOT a deus ex machina tool to save the least, not entirely, as it creates as many new problems at it alleviates. Warning: some of the characters this book builds up and tears down will gain more empathy from you than the ones who live to walk away. But then, real life is like that often, too, isn't it, so why should art not reflect it?

  • Colleen
    2019-05-23 06:47

    Quite easily the best zombies series out there. Perhaps the only series that I have given five stars to on EACH book. My only real complaint is that they could be longer. You grow to loathe the villain in this book in a sneaky manner--since at the start they are normal successful person and by the end everything is screaming for comeuppance. I could have used more backstory or had the events of the book spread out over a longer course of time, but that's okay. Part of the problem is I read the first 3 all in the same day, taken out from the library. So for this one, I had to impatiently wait till the release and immediately buy. I will have to go back and buy the first books too--I can already tell that this series will join the others I reread yearly. It follows the usual tropes: 1) Military turning on populace. Well, yes, this total happens on a large scale. Actually much larger than I've ever seen a zombie book do before. In the last book, we had a pyschotic commander in a tank facing off against the protagonist in a ruined crucifixed-zombie city; in this one, it's serial killers in a warship wanting the aircraft carrier that was reached with such difficulty. On some level I was sceptical when the villain of the story went bad relatively fast...but I guess having your world turned upside down, and then upside down again could do that to you. Final evaluation though, they are classic sociopath, but probably was able to mask it before. I'll have to have my brother read this book and get his Navy expertise on the details.Don't worry though! There's still good military on the Nimitz & there's always everyone's favorite Russian returning (I like how the last book's events run concurrently with this one by the way. Masterfully done.)2) Saddled with plucky child. Yeah, there's this. One of the main characters from books 1 & 2 spends most of this one protecting or searching for children. Which leads back to the hobgoblin mutation from last book, so this plot line was really well done.People should keep better watch on the kids though--or help the two that seem to always be stuck watching a ton of orphaned tykes on zombie filled aircraft carrier. 3) Because things aren't bad enough. Criminals taking over. Yep, definitely this. The first two books had the deranged televangelist-cannibal and the murderous-rapy meth head. The third had a outlaw biker who fashioned himself a throne of bones over a swimming pool of dead children he fed his enemies to. So naturally, the stakes have to be raised a bit. The death count is probably the same if not as theatrical as the last book's foe in this one.Seems like the safest role in a zombie apocalypse would be as Patrick Batmean or Hannibal Lector with access to military weapons. 4) Terrible government response. Well there's that displayed in this book. This one showed that Coast Guard HQ fell like in the first 30 seconds of the apocalypse. And since the people in this book basically only use their ship for evil, yeah the military wasn't helpful in this book. One bit that suspended disbelief was DEA trying to arrest them via helicopter while the city is falling. That seemed a tad illogical.5) Evil clergy? Nope not in this book! The bad ass priest is still around, and frankly I could have had more of his character. His was the one most missed in the last book for me. I think this is why I keep coming around to my central complaint of these books is more! There's a bunch of good characters, all very well written--it's nice switching around to multiple perspectives, since generally it's horrible everywhere, all the time for everyone. Also for the ancillary characters, I appreciate he keeps them alive long enough for me to go "aw." Perhaps I should add to my checklist of "out to sea!" since there are now so many zombie themed nautical books, and it was fun to be able compare those more directly to this one. These books make me not want to head into open water during an apocalypse. It's the safety trade off against easy access to water, food, and space. The other frequently seen device is the old "tragically whisked insanely far away from the rest of the group and have to make way back" seen in books like Blood Crazy or Day by Day Armageddon. Happened in this one too, but it was nice to get glimpses of how awful it was on land. Ugh now to find out what happens next in a year or so, since book ends on yet another cliffhanger.

  • Papaphilly
    2019-06-08 07:59

    Crossbones is a novelist in transition. John L. Campbell is starting to translate from zombie centered work to one that is character centered in a zombie world. He is doing a nice job of it. Make no mistake, the zombies are there and still important, but Campbell is growing and exploring the world he created. His characters are developing a backstory and that is what is starting to separate him from the rest. Crossbones is starting to ask the question what next? Campbell has written another novel in his easy to read style that is both engrossing and fun. He is showing a world that is starting to crack from the pressure of dealing with total collapse, where the best of intentions lead to inhumanity. Great read and a great genre novel.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-05 12:55

    Another fantastic book by John L. Campbell. I absolutely love his books. There's so much depth to his characters. His character development is so good that sometimes I have a hard time continuing reading the book(s) because I don't want to know what happens. And the characters that are meant to be hated, well I can really despise them. He makes it so easy to love and hate his characters. His story lines are amazing. He's able to build a good story without taking forever to get to it. Can't wait for the next one. At least I hope there's another one.

  • That Girl KL.
    2019-05-29 13:57

    I hate you. Seriously. Why did this have to end!!Now i gotta wait months and months and months to see what happens to everyone cause that freakin ending.. GAAH! No i hate cliffhangers!Please. I need to know what happens to Skye! I don't care about anyone else.. Just gimme more Skye!!Thank you.

  • Ernie Quimby
    2019-05-24 12:39

    This is a good series. However, being a Navy Hospital Corpsman that served on a Nimitz Class CVN, I find myself wishing for more technical accuracy on the description of the the ship. I can tell you as big as they are they are nowhere near as vast as described in the story and "rubberized decking" often mentioned when talking about the hangar or flight decks, is not at all a fair description of the unforgiving nonskid found on those surfaces.

  • Jane
    2019-06-06 05:51

    Heart stopping!Mr. Campbell, you have made reading a book nearly fatal to readers. Thank goodness I can put the book down for a bit and take a much needed breather... but not for very long. Pirates! Mega-quake!A defibrillator is very much needed for this book!WOW!

  • Larry Klemens
    2019-06-02 13:32

    Another good book in the Omega Day series. A lot of twist and turns that kept me wanting to read it. Can't wait to get the next one.

  • Brian Clopper
    2019-05-29 06:58

    Really solid read! Had me excited to jump into the next one!

  • Zoe Schoppa
    2019-05-29 13:30

    Crossbones reinforced a lesson that I should have learned a long time ago. I truly need to read the description a bit more thoroughly before I commit to reading a book for a review. This is not a book that I enjoyed and I don’t recommend it. That said, this is due to my lack of research rather than of the merits of the writer and the story. My negatives:--The genre of “Horror” doesn’t show on the NetGalley page. It says Literature/Fiction (adult). Horror is not my thing.--Zombies are also not my thing. This is where my lazy reading of the description sent me awry.--Crossbones is full of violence, sex, and foul language. I had not gleaned this from the publishers description.On to the positive:Campbell is a good writer. The character building was strong and there are a few characterizations that I found humorous. Hippies becoming militaristic is one of them. There is a character that was truly hard to like. She received her comeuppance and that is my favorite moment in the book. It is a testament to Campbell’s skills that he was able to make me hate her so vehemently.I had not read the first three books in the Omega Series but for the most part Crossbones stands on its own. As would be the case in any series, you miss some of the history and the initial character building when reading it as a stand-alone. There are occasional references to situations that I was not privy to that would have been nice to understand but that background is not necessary to the enjoyment of the story.As a side note, I started reading this book while returning home from vacation in Seattle. My husband and I had ridden the ferry and visited Bainbridge Island during our stay. It was pretty incredible to be reading about the places in Crossbones that I had literally just visited.Crossbones is full of action and very fast paced. If you love zombies and action this book is for you.I received an advanced reader copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher.For all of my reviews visit Blessed and Bewildered

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-12 11:42

    Crossbones is the fourth novel in John L. Campbell's Omega Days series. This story picks up with our survivors on the Nimitz and introduces a few new not-so-friendly faces. Crossbones is certainly not lacking when it comes to suspense and ultimate thrills. The characters are forced to face something even deadlier than zombies when it comes to protecting their prize, the Nimitz. Campbell continues to impress with his ability to tell a realistic down and dirty fight. Crossbones is filled with heartbreak, revenge, and pain. This novel will leave you chomping at your fingernails and cringing with anticipation. We continue with some of our favorites from the Omega Days series and some favorites finally meet their demise with this story. As a huge fan of John L. Campbell and the Omega Days series, I am impatiently waiting for the next book in this series. The ending of Crossbones will leave you counting down the days until the release of book five. Campbell is a master at telling a horrifying zombie story and tugging at your heartstrings with his characters. Keep an eye out for the next book in this series and of course my review when it comes out!

  • Cynthia Terrones
    2019-05-31 12:52

    IF THE SURVIVORS ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT.RE-READ this book to make sure a correct review was left as I mistakenly didn't leave one the first time I read it. Father Xavier, Calvin, Rosa, Evan & the rest of their group, consider themselves family and for the time being, think their safe, from anyone or thing that would wish to cause them harm. But being on a grounded Aircraft Carrier out in the Bay may have caused them let their guard down, not so much against the undead, but also against the living. Captain Elizabeth Kidd, has saved her brother Senior Chief Charlie Kidd, from arrest by the DEA and certain death at the hands and teeth of the undead, as she doesn't believe the charges that were brought against her brother, in the beginning of all the chaos around her. But as she does what she can to keep her crew and the last of her living family member alive, will Captain Kidd, lose what's left of her humanity in the process? Another book, in one great Series, by John L. Campbell, that will keep you reading, from cover to cover, not wanting to put in down until the very last page.

  • Chase
    2019-06-02 11:47

    This book was very entertaining and interesting for me to read. This is the final book of the "Omega Days" series with the world just getting worse and worse and more characters were dying every chapter. It was very intense at first with all of the characters struggling to survive. One thing that I really liked about the book was how interesting some of the characters were. Many of them were getting stronger and becoming more adapt to the harsh world that they were living in. John L. Campbell expresses a lot of depth about each of the characters. I immediately hated a lot of the characters in the book but in a good way because some of them were so evil which made it very fun to read. The entire series kept on the edge of my seat, it always made me think about who was going to die next. It stinks that this was the last book of the series because it was left on a cliffhanger. Hopefully, John L. Campbell will right another prequel. I would recommend this book to people who like post-apocalyptic fiction and books that always keep you on the edge of your seat. This book is pretty intense so I don't recommend it for younger kids. Overall, I would rate this book 9/10 stars.

  • Polly Krize
    2019-06-06 07:48

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Having not read the previous books in the Omega series, I felt that I had missed a lot of the character development and background for this book. Nevertheless, I believe it can stand alone as the story progresses well with a lot of action in this dystopian/horror genre. With the walking dead (or zombies) basically controlling all the land, a large party of survivors has found safety on the aircraft carrier Nimitz. When Coast Guard Captain Elizabeth Kidd sees the Nimitz as a prize, the inherited characteristics of her pirate ancestor help her to devise a way to claim it.

  • Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
    2019-05-25 13:41

    3 - 3.5 starsThe villains were flat, flat, flat, especially Chick. I am getting frustrated because a bunch of the good guys met completely senseless deaths, and then our little group of survivors endured an unlikely cataclysmic natural disaster that is going to force them out of the safety of their hidey hole. I'd like to see some rebuilding at lasts, instead of constant destruction and despair. And what was up with the Hobgoblin????

  • Patti
    2019-06-06 07:34

    Campbell is one of the best zombie authors writing today. His attention to detail, his well-drawn characters and his willingness to let go of popular characters is the mark of a great writer.Crossbones did not disappoint. Lots of drama, both zombie-related and not, not a lot of nice and sweet moments, but there are a few.I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment.

  • Devan
    2019-05-16 06:33

    This can't be the end right? I need to know what happens. I need to see my friends through this horrific experience, I need the light at the end of the tunnel. This series is extremely well written and easily sucks it's reader into this fictional terrifying world. It offers a fast paced adventure to any reader daring.

  • Camille
    2019-06-07 07:29

    Exciting until the last pageI don't love the fact that each one ends in a cliffhanger. And I don't love the hobgoblin aspect. (Wtf?) But these books are a great read. That I try to avoid late at night.

  • Janet Johnson
    2019-06-13 12:40

    Awsome awsome awsome. Next to the walking dead. This series is mind blowing. Love the characters!!! This series keeps you on our toes with every page!!

  • Paul Lisi
    2019-05-21 11:54

    Great bookI enjoyed all of the books in this series. This book was very entertaining. You should read it. , .

  • Chris
    2019-05-27 09:46

    Didn't like this one as well. I hope it is not over

  • Cindy Minigh
    2019-05-27 05:35

    Great read!!One of the best zombie apocalypse series! Can't wait for the next book! Story line and characters are great! You won't be disappointed with this series!

  • annise sullivan
    2019-06-15 05:39

    One of the bestOne of the best zombie apocalypse stories out there. Mr. Campbell makes the characters so real you laugh ,cry and cheer right along with them.

  • William Siracuse
    2019-06-01 09:51

    ArrrghYet again another solid outing in this series. It's a pirates life for me...pity it's filled with zombies and hob goblins.

  • Christine Wall
    2019-06-13 10:51

    I still look forward to the next in the series but this one did not capture me like the last 3.

  • Thomas A LaRosa
    2019-06-02 11:45

    Another fun bookI can't put this series down. Is that a good description? Seriously action packed with parallel stories. Who can resist it?

  • Roxanna
    2019-06-16 08:33

    This book just gets tougher and tougher. I love the badass chicks, even if they are so brutal I have to gird myself to read the next chapter. It is worth it.