Resurrection America – a Review

Political chaos, a mad scientist, a not-so-mad scientist, a determined sheriff and a town that has been taken hostage all mix together in this book about horrifying events that could become reality.

Sheriff Rick Johnson of Resurrection, Colorado, discovers this when his deputy calls him in a panic from the old mine. Their connection is interrupted, and the sheriff can’t get hold of him again. Upon investigation, he finds there is a fence around the mine—a fence shouldn’t be there—and something is going on in the mine that has been closed for years. And outside the mine, it is dead. No animals of any kind can be seen, not even a bird.

I really wasn’t sure what was going on up at the old mine yet. Zombies? A serial killer? Vampires? The deputy had seen something that scared him. What was it?

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The guy in charge of whatever is going on inside the mine comes out and talks to the sheriff. The mine is going to reopen under him, and the work will be done by robots. Rick is told to keep quiet about what is going on, and his town, a town that is dying, will benefit. Keeping things quiet for a few days shouldn’t be a problem. At least that is what he thinks. But nothing is ever easy.

Rick has finally found Dahlia, someone he wants to share his life with. She has no reason to ask him about what is going on up at the mine. But like I said, nothing is ever easy. the mayor starts questioning him about the disappearance of his deputy. To make things even more complicated, his scientist ex-girlfriend shows up again and wants to go up to the mine and retrieve something that she left behind in her lab.

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Resurrection is crowded for their annual Fall Festival. This year’s festival is a success until alarms go off and armed tanks surround the city. The residents and visitors are told that a virus was accidentally released and that all of them have been infected. There is a way out though: the government has developed a vaccine that if taken within three hours of being infected, the virus will be rendered harmless.

None of this makes sense to the sheriff. He begins to question what is happening and the strange things that he has seen. The people in Resurrection trust the sheriff. Will he be able to save them from whatever is going to happen?


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In the first part of the book, the reader is told that something bad is going to happen in the town of Resurrection, Colorado. You just aren’t told what that bad thing is. And from the get-go, the reader knows that something not quite right is going on up at the mines. Could it be the robots that the sheriff was told were going to work the mines? Could it be the virus that was released? Or could it be something much worse?

This story and its ending are truly terrifying, telling of things that really could happen. It also tells the story of one crazed man who will do whatever it takes, no matter how many lives are lost, to bring America back to being a power to be feared.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you would like your own copy of Resurrection America, I have provided an Amazon link below.

Amazon Link: Resurrection America

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Favorite Sentences:
Rick took note of the signs of a raw temper just under the surface of the cool exterior and filed it away for later use.

Twenty minutes a day on a treadmill followed by twelve hours at a desk in a computer lab wasn’t exactly great training for an alpine climb.

America was an eagle that had willingly crawled back into its cage and forgotten how to fly.

The greatest lesson was that when the menu of options didn’t offer anything, then simply toss the menu.

The man’s head was shattered into pieces, carved up by the errant drill.

New Words Learned:
altruistic – unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others

thermobaric – (of an explosive device or explosion) detonated by means of an explosive substance reacting spontaneously with air

truculent – aggressively hostile; belligerent

About the Author:
Jeff Gunhus is the “USA Today” bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the “USA Today” bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on

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