Panic (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 1)

Panic (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 1)

by K.R. Griffiths

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Michael Evans is only in rural St. Davids to maintain a low profile after his time spent as a city cop ended in disaster. The town is perfect for him: isolated. A tiny population. Virtually no crime.

Until the night the strange canisters fall from the sky and the town priest starts killing people with his teeth. To Michael, the bloodbath looks like a murder case that the quiet town's two police officers can't possibly handle.

But this isn't just a crime scene.

And the priest is just the beginning...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045265591
Publisher: K.R. Griffiths
Publication date: 08/30/2013
Series: Wildfire Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 228,485
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

K.R. Griffiths is a former journalist and editor turned novelist. He is the author of Horror/Science Fiction series Wildfire Chronicles. Five installments have now been released: Vol.1: 'Panic', Vol. 2: 'Shock' (a novella), Vol. 3: 'Psychosis', Vol. 4: 'Mutation' and Vol. 5: 'Trauma'. After 15 years spent living and working in London, he now resides in Wales with a cat that thinks it is a dog and an imagination that sometimes concerns even him.

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Panic 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book awhile ago and, while not a very long book, had such an impact I remember the story clearly today. The different points of view of the same story unfolding was very interesting. The author did an excellent job of creating the beginning to what could be a very realistic apocalyptic event. And the descriptions of the "monsters".... I still get chills. I would like to warn that there are VERY adult themes in this story. It is unfiltered and shows how low (and high) humanity can go when the end of the world happens. Read with caution! I will be reading the next books as I am curious in what way the writer will take this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only gave this book three stars for several started off very innocent and I had a clear thought of how this book would go, but as I started reading that idea was obliterated secondly, it is very wordy throughout;there is some dialogue in some places, but the majority of the book is a lot of endless sentences, however for a short book, it worked...I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see what was the cause of the "monster"
Stevec50 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Griffith's "Wildfire Chronicles". That being the case the book presents more questions than it answers and sets up the situations that lead into the following volumes.  It also introduces a number of characters, some of whom may survive the incidents that bring them together. The canisters fall one night on the English countryside. At least one falling in the small town of St. Davids, where the book opens. The first person who comes into contact with the object becomes infected with something which changes them. These aren't your by the by-the-book zombies, as those that become victims are not dead.  I'm reminded more of George Romero's THE CRAZIES, where the virus causes insanity and homicidal tendencies.  No brain eating going on here. Police Officer Michael Evans is part of the two-man detail in St. David.  He had hoped the quiet town would help him heal from events in the past that not only left him emotional scarred but drove his wife to leave with his daughter. His great hope is to one day go back to his old life and regain the love of both the mother and child.  As events unfold Micheal must learn to deal with more than the small problems that usually plague his new beat We're so used to these stories taking place in the U.S. where everyone from police to the guy down the street are armed to the teeth, that it's odd to be reminded that the police in Britain don't have immediate access to the heavy firearms we are accustomed to seeing in these stories.  A nice change of pace and a good set-up for the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book overall. I didn't know what to expect going in, but it was delightfully unpredictable and had a great, fast pace. The storyline has a very unique premise and keeps you reading eagerly throughout. I was a little disappointed at the length, and while some scenes were meticulously detailed, other scenes, IMO, felt like it was gleaned over and felt rushed. However, I will be looking forward to the next in this series, and I would recommend this! :)
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BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
Very seldom do you get a dystopian novel involving ghoulish creatures that is heavy on atmosphere. Sure, you have the everybody undead/a couple of survivors/whatnot, but rare is the book that every page drips with the confining atmosphere of St. Davids, Wales. What Griffiths has done here is to convey not only dread and fear, but also claustrophobia. St. Davids spends the day of its downfall steeped in thick fog, with its residents cut off from the outside world with no TV, radio or cell phone signal. Clearly, this creates the effect of being scared in your bedroom closet. The terror is there, and it's close, and it doesn't have to be very far away to terrify you. The ghouls themselves, are unsightly (literally) and represent the basest of our instincts. They kill for no other reason than to kill, and when there are no more people to kill, literally move on. St. David's day of infamy literally ends with no one left to turn off the lights as the only survivors leave. The fact that there are a very limited number of characters in the book adds to the sense of claustrophobia. As the human population shrinks, the opportunity for rescue/salvation must come from within the survivors themselves. Even as one of the characters is severely injured, he finds a reason to continue; his backstory is tragic and sad, but the opportunity to make it right drives him to continue. With the story taking place in the UK, there is no opportunity for "gun porn" as most residents - and many policemen (I'm thinking) do not own or carry guns. Even though there are no guns available, such weapons would have been a waste when 99% of the town has become slobbering, hellish beasts. I was quite impressed with what Griffiths did here, and feel confident that I will carry on with this series. PARENTAL NOTE: There is a scene of torture/implied sexual assault towards the end of the book. BOTTOM LINE: A very good read and different take on the ghoul genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has nothing to grab the readers attention. It drags painfully slow much like watching has grow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Senseless graphic violence does not make a well told story. I felt that the plot was driven from one gory scene to the next. Most readers like to get involved with the characters, I couldn't feel anything for anyone and couldn't remember a single name. This book might float someone's boat, but for me it was an epic Titanic disaster. Jp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bad point: If scenes of graphic violence of more then the physical nature are upsetting to you.. don't read this book. Just fyi. The good points of the book: is while the writing is sometimes hard to follow... the author has a poetic use of words that are beautiful in descriptions. I know the author worked hard on this, so I hate to leave a negative review, but I feel like people need to know what they are getting into before they invest themselves. They can make up their own minds on whether or not they liked the book, but at least they know what to expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much gratuitous violence. I read huge amounts of all types of books, but the blood and gore were too much. Didn't finish the book...too gory for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually avoid anything even closely resembling zombie apocalypse crap but enjoy pandemic type thrillers. The variety of characters, subplot and wriiting style make this series a quick read and allow me to enjoy despite its zombie-ish nature
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different take - very enjoyable read !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, very suspenseful, great character development. I was really pulled into the story and want to find out what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kinda formula but plenty of action, fast reading, heart pumping OMG chases and all in all a fun read. I'll be looking into reading the rest as I MUST KNOW what happens to the trio of survivors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read, well worth the money.
lucyb2 More than 1 year ago
not the best zombie story I read, one of the worst... sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical mostly because the book was FREE. I thought it must be horrible because they are giving it away. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING if you are a fan of horror. Reminds me of the movie The Crazies.
SarkuraCherryBlossom More than 1 year ago
loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulled me in from the beginning and did not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Thoroughly engaging, gripping stuff from start to finish. The pace is pretty relentless, and the tension is cranked up nicely throughout. I've never been to Wales, but the setting sounds awesome - quite cinematic actually [a movie in the making for sure]. Most surprisingly, for a horror/zombie theme the characters are incredibly well fleshed out [pun intended] as people who's back story and struggle for survival in amongst the chaos makes you actually care about them. I understand from the authors website this is his first novel, and with that in mind, it's an astonishingly accomplished piece of work. I very much look forward to the follow up 'Psychosis', which is due later this year. A real page turner from start to finish. Five stars.