In Jason Gehlert’s horror-thriller Contagion, a deadly, unknown virus spreads through a leper colony in Africa, transforming its victims into zombie-like monsters, until their bodies break down.
Before long a small team of scientist show up, along with the US military, and that’s when the fun begins. And by fun, I mean brutal violence, sex, and a bunch of killing.
Contagion is a fast-paced chiller. Author Gehlert has filled the pages with break-neck action. At a slim 213 pages, Contagion delivers the wallop of a much longer book. Picture a Clive Cussler book, for example, with the boring parts left out.
While Contagion is never boring, it is poorly edited. In some sections, it reads like the first draft of a novel, full of grammatical errors, clunky dialogue and odd word choices. It was enough to frequently pull this reader out of the story.
However, it is clear that Gehlert has some genuine storytelling passion. I hope he can find a good editor to help him elevate his work to the next level.
— Mark Justice