Genre: Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, SHTF, Dystopian, Adventure/Quest
The Zzyzx Operation is the fifth installment of the seven-part series, Jeremy’s Run
Six friends and two dogs are stranded deep in the howling wastes of the hottest and driest desert in North America. It is July. They are on foot. Civilization as we know it is over. There will be no rescue. There can be no escape. Most of us fear death, until it becomes preferable to life.
From an early reviewer: “This series has me completely hooked. I’ve waited a long time for Book 5, and it’s finally here! Book 4 was so amazing, I didn’t think it could get any better. But it just did. Well done, Mr. Gustav! What a ride!” — Nate R. (in Colorado)
If you’ve been reading this series, you may have an inkling of what Jeremy and his friends are about to endure in their desperate bid to escape the nightmare of post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Clichés are sometimes exceptionally apropos. In this case, “from the frying pan into the fire” pretty much sums it up.
If you haven’t partaken of this journey, we hope you’ll join us for the ride. For those unfamiliar with the series, here’s a brief recap.
In Book 1, LA Dark, an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, triggered by high-altitude nuclear detonations takes down the U.S. power grid and everything electronic. Five friends living in west L.A. realize that fate has landed them in one of the worst places possible. They resolve to flee the city for southern Utah.
In Book 2, Blood Loss, these five amateurs, unprepared entirely for the bitter and deadly realities of a rapidly collapsing and lawless society, make a series of mistakes and pay dearly. Reality is a harsh schoolmaster.
In Book 3, Run Through the Jungle, the group grows to eight. They make it as far as downtown L.A. Had they known what lay in store, they might have reconsidered.
In Book 4, The Prophet’s Niece, Paula Ivanova is reunited with her uncle, Hiram Ezekiel Smith, the powerful and charismatic Prophet, Seer, and Revelator of a cult of his creation. He’s been expecting her. Her friends think she’s there to visit. True enough. Few acts are more intimate than murder.
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