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Into the Ashes by Lee Murray

February 23, 2019 - 9:37 am No Comments

Into the Ashes by Lee Murray

Published by Severed Press on 19th February 2019

263 pages

3rd in the series featuring Sergeant Taine Mckenna and things are getting worse on the central plateau in New Zealand. With his task force, he is responsible for evacuating any residents that have not made it out in time. Unbeknown to him, his ex-girlfriend Jules is on the hunt for a reptile, that is near extinction and a group of prisoners have been left to escape. With their lives in danger from Mother Nature, can they all survive?

Whilst this follows on from Into the Sound, it can be read as a standalone, although to get the full McKenna effect, I would read the others first.

As with the other stories, Temera, explains the Maori folklore and he is never far away with his purerehua. The bond between Temera and McKenna is still strong and whilst Temera has self-doubt, he still tries to help. 

This was my favourite so far, and whilst there were no ancient creatures to battle, it was full on as they were up against earthquakes and a volcano. Their lives were in danger from the moment they stepped onto the plateau.  At the start, the story is split into three, Mckenna is on patrol, Jules is reptile hunting and the prisoners are trying to flee from danger. The fight or flight response of the prisoners adds intensity to the story as their actions were always unexpected. It was good to see some of the other characters from previous books make an appearance and if I was Karl Pringle, I think I would find another job far away.

The ending was a surprise and I am wondering what will happen next to McKenna and Co. I hope that there will be more to this series as I am sure that there are some other creatures that McKenna has not come up against.