A new virus is being experimented on. On one hand, there is a fast recovery and healing period and could have military benefits. However, the life span for those inflicted, is brief.
In addition, in the military facility where this is being experimented on with convicts from death row as volunteers for the experiment, vampire like symptoms develop.
One day, the monsters get out and kill the guards and officials. Only a precocious young girl named Amy Harper Bellafonte and a former FBI agent, Brad Wolgast, survive.
The vampire like beings spread their terror. Chicago and other eastern cities fall and California declares itself independent and becomes a safe haven for humans and a barrier for the monsters.
Similar to Stephen King's classic, "The Stand," Amy and a few other survivors must risk their lives to save the world.
Well plotted with excellent descriptions, this is an enjoyable read. The author does a good job in making the reader interested in the story and in Amy. Because of his skillful plotting, this vampire, world threatening novel is a very entertaining read.