by Steven Konkoly writing as Lee West
Book 1 in the Blue Lives Apocalypse series (2016)
Sam and Jane Archer walk out of a backcountry-hiking trip into a living nightmare. Their car is vandalized and dead, along with every other vehicle in the trailhead parking lot. Unable to get a cell phone signal, and spooked by a threatening encounter–they resign themselves to a long hike home, suspecting a possible EMP attack against the United States.
What they discover along the way shakes them to the core!
The electrical grid has been down for two weeks, plunging the world as they once knew it into complete chaos. Citizens live in helpless terror of violent gangs–the police hunted down and killed on sight. Food and essential resources have dwindled to nothing, taken by the wild bands of marauders that have risen from the collapse to murder and plunder at will.
Little hope remains, as Jane, a local police officer, and her husband Sam, a military veteran, start the harrowing journey home to save their only daughter Lea–before she is consumed by the madness.