Dallas Police Sergeant Jake Hathaway is on duty one February afternoon when he parks his patrol vehicle in front of his brother’s middle-classed house. He leaves his K9 partner, Roscoe, in the marked police sport utility vehicle and walks inside to wish his one-year old nephew a happy birthday. What should be a joyous occasion quickly sours as Hathaway is attacked by two creatures that were once his brother and sister-in-law. No longer recognizable, their faces do not appear human. Their eyes are saggy and swollen, with dilated tiny pupils. These THINGS are not dead, nor fully alive, but somewhere in-between. This would be just the beginning of an “Infection Armageddon.” But Unbeknownst to Hathaway, he himself was partially responsible for this contagion. Years earlier he allowed a group of Federal Government scientists to conduct top secret experiments on a few of the soldiers in his U.S Marine Corp unit.
Jake and his friends battle many mutations along the way and overcome much adversity while developing new friendships and questioning the loyalty of some previous ones. In the process, they procure information that explains how the Infection Armageddon began and provides clues as to a possible solution. Now, Jake must find a way to end the outbreak before THEY end HIM, along with all of humanity.
WICKED AWAKE is extremely clever and brisk-paced. The narrative is witty, even when horrifying. -Steve Greenlee, critic