Crossbones by John L. Campbell

Author: John L. Campbell
Category:  Literature & Fiction (Adult), Horror
Series:  Omega Series, Book 4
Publisher:  Berkley
Release Date:  September 29, 2015
Media:  Pre-Release eBook
My Rating:  2 Stars


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 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…


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.

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