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  1. 5 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Dr. Claire Lyle is the Civilian Lead Scientist at a bioweapons facility. After 9 years of hard work, Claire and her team have finally developed the ultimate bioweapon — a lethal and malignant viruse Proud of her creation, Claire unveils her achievement to the military officers that she reports to. Unexpectedly, however, she is ordered to destroy her pride and joy. Indignant with the decision, Claire chooses to defy the order and embark on a path that will change the course of her career and that Dr. Claire Lyle is the Civilian Lead Scientist at a bioweapons facility. After 9 years of hard work, Claire and her team have finally developed the ultimate bioweapon — a lethal and malignant viruse Proud of her creation, Claire unveils her achievement to the military officers that she reports to. Unexpectedly, however, she is ordered to destroy her pride and joy. Indignant with the decision, Claire chooses to defy the order and embark on a path that will change the course of her career and that of her family. Claire’s Apocalypse is an excellent short story. The pace and prose is just perfect for that needed dose of horror. And, if you enjoy zombie graphic violence from the likes of George Romero and Duncan Ralston, Claire’s Apocalypse will not disappoint. Five terrifying stars. I received a digital copy of the book from Blackthorn Book Tours. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Goblin Reaper

    “They bite and claw and grab at my shirt and pants. They want to sink their teeth deep into my flesh and taste me—gorge on my being and turn me into them. They want to take me to the land of the dead.” 👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾         Have you ever wondered how the zombie apocalypse starts? I always used to marvel (not the good kind) over how a few people's carelessness or insane minds could affect the whole world in such disastrous ways. And Claire's Apocalypse could be imagined as a start to the "end of th “They bite and claw and grab at my shirt and pants. They want to sink their teeth deep into my flesh and taste me—gorge on my being and turn me into them. They want to take me to the land of the dead.” 👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾         Have you ever wondered how the zombie apocalypse starts? I always used to marvel (not the good kind) over how a few people's carelessness or insane minds could affect the whole world in such disastrous ways. And Claire's Apocalypse could be imagined as a start to the "end of the world" (beginning of the end, geddit? hehe) Claire's Apocalypse is a short story by K.T Rose which tells the story of Claire Ly— sorry, Dr. Claire Lyle— a scientist, who has worked long and hard for 10 years to come up with a deadly virus, V7. I'll refrain from talking too much about viruses and whatnot because let's be honest, we've had that enough in real life.             The first half of the story shares a little about Claire's past and the second half shows the actions of a person who would do anything for many (whatever the reason for wanting that money it may be) and the consequences the person sows ultimately. Strangely, instead of a "mad scientist", the intriguing factor for me in this book was the soldier who has one too many issues and needs a new psychiatrist in my opinion. He was kind of a question mark and I did not expect things to escalate so quickly because of him. It did make me wonder how he'd survive on the zombie-infested world though.             I would've loved to read more about General Murry but since this is a short story, I guess I have to be satisfied with what there is…. On second thought, maybe not— seeing (reading) how much of a jerk he is.  👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾👣🐾 It was kind of amusing and a little sad (in an "I pity you mockingly" way) to see (read) each character giving justifications to their horrible acts. Joel, Amelia, and Dr. Janet were the only ones with whom I sympathized and genuinely felt sorry. The situation got out of hand pretty quickly and the abrupt ending was just too sudden for me (if that even makes sense). It felt like someone slammed a door shut in my face. I was left wide-eyed, my body half-frozen, and my phone dangling in my hand. Though not an unpleasant position to be in, I'd still rather not go through that again. It did make me want more so that's a win right? Right.  The conversation in the second half was very engaging to read; it was like watching (reading) a tennis match between the two. Suffice to say, the last few pages kept my attention more than the first half.  If you want a quick horror read, get your hands on this book!  Trigger warnings: Graphic Violence

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anni

    Short stories are actually the supreme discipline of writing. Having neither much space nor time to explain and introduce relations, intentions or characters, every single word must be en point. 'Claire's Apocalypse' is a best-practice example for a science fiction horror short story. I entirely agree that one misses the obvious slasher-scream-and-undead mentality that one would normally wait for in a story that confronts us with zombies; but by the way the author connects the zombie topic with t Short stories are actually the supreme discipline of writing. Having neither much space nor time to explain and introduce relations, intentions or characters, every single word must be en point. 'Claire's Apocalypse' is a best-practice example for a science fiction horror short story. I entirely agree that one misses the obvious slasher-scream-and-undead mentality that one would normally wait for in a story that confronts us with zombies; but by the way the author connects the zombie topic with the protagonist's own -somehow tragic- fate, offers a perspective on zombie horror you generally don't get and this is why this story is a five star one for me. The story is a well-balanced mixture of a fast-paced and dialogue-driven beginning and a highly descriptive ending. I really really really adored the high tension that was developed from the difference in perceptions and actions between the paralysed Claire who perceived the scene in a blurry state and the quick zombies who seem to take over the place as their new natural habitat. As a reader, you feel Claire's helplessness and anger about herself in every facet through the alternating dialogues, monologues and descriptions which all belong to the 'straight-in-your-face'-type. The choice of characters contributes to the transparency of emotions. With Claire, the reader meets a strong figure on stage and with the way she behaves towards her superiors, colleagues and -indirectly- her family, the reader senses a certain depth in her character (which is difficult to produce on 37 pages). With this in mind, you've got the impression to face a competent, ambitious and at the same time thoughtful woman and that makes the ending of the story even more tragic. Right from the start, the story grabs you by your throat; with every page the grip tightens until the final sentence releases you and you desperately gasp for air. This is exactly the effect a short story should have on you: On the first few pages the story is your best friend, then it suddenly turns into your worst enemy and it leaves you out of nowhere (because it ended). But you can't let it go. You twist and turn it over and over again and with every time you read the story, another character trait opens up, another detail appears and you discover the different layers of the plot. So yes: Well done. And as the title indicates: It is CLAIRE'S apocalypse and this possessive 'S' can be interpreted in many ways....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin Figueiredo

    Suspenseful with a shocking ending! As a short story, this one had me very intrigued. It wasn’t really a horror story but more of an intense, suspenseful, twisted story that will keep you on edge of your seat right to the very shocking ending. Claire made me feel excited and angry. Excited because she created something phenomenal that would get her the accolades that she so desires as a scientist, and angry over the decisions she makes that changes everything for the entire world. The thrilling i Suspenseful with a shocking ending! As a short story, this one had me very intrigued. It wasn’t really a horror story but more of an intense, suspenseful, twisted story that will keep you on edge of your seat right to the very shocking ending. Claire made me feel excited and angry. Excited because she created something phenomenal that would get her the accolades that she so desires as a scientist, and angry over the decisions she makes that changes everything for the entire world. The thrilling intensity when Claire made her ultimate decision kept me riveted to my seat with anticipation of what the consequences of that decision would be. I had a feeling the story was moving in the direction it was but then it takes a twisted turn, shocking me as I did not expect it to end the way it did. I honestly loved the story and the way it was told. It intrigued me, captivated me, shocked me and had me thinking about how very real this story felt in our environment today. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Izzibella Beau

    The main moral of this story was…don’t trust anyone. This was a short read, but one that set my mind in motion of what would I do if presented such a situation. Clair is a scientist who, with a colleague, spent years creating a virus, one which could destroy mankind. Once a new higher-up official is put into place, she is ordered to destroy the virus and all she’s worked for in her career. Clair questions what she should do, listen to given orders, or perhaps, seek another who’s willing to buy. The main moral of this story was…don’t trust anyone. This was a short read, but one that set my mind in motion of what would I do if presented such a situation. Clair is a scientist who, with a colleague, spent years creating a virus, one which could destroy mankind. Once a new higher-up official is put into place, she is ordered to destroy the virus and all she’s worked for in her career. Clair questions what she should do, listen to given orders, or perhaps, seek another who’s willing to buy. I won’t say what Clair chooses to do, you’ll have to read for yourself, but I can guarantee, you will question all those around you of who’s really your friend, or, are they an enemy in disguise.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mr Greig Ritchie

    Short story zombie fiction. Felt more like the opening chapters of a much larger book rather than a short, self contained story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samfreene

                Claire’s Apocalypse Imagine having the knowledge and power to create a bioweapon so powerful that it could start an apocalypse and take out millions of people in the world. Imagine a virus that you are as a scientist developed that is the most infectious microbe known to man. Would you want that power and what why would you create it? Claire is a top Infectious Disease Biochemist and her desire for innovation and push for success has led her to be accepted into the military’s Bioweapons             Claire’s Apocalypse Imagine having the knowledge and power to create a bioweapon so powerful that it could start an apocalypse and take out millions of people in the world. Imagine a virus that you are as a scientist developed that is the most infectious microbe known to man. Would you want that power and what why would you create it? Claire is a top Infectious Disease Biochemist and her desire for innovation and push for success has led her to be accepted into the military’s Bioweapons Program but at what cost. Trial and error and her dream hoping to come true working undercover and unseen for nine years  and creating V6790-H-7 or V7 so deadly it could kill an army of men or more. In her own mind she considered it a work of art and fulfilling its mission by taking over the body of a human in the matter of a moment and imagine bypassing immune intervention. The takeover so quick and power the forced symptoms that aided in quick transmission is a definite death sentence. Why is she so proud of this? Sometimes innovations can be deadly and what happens when General Murry wants into where she is his disapproving face and countenance says it all. Why does he look so angry? Things are not what they seen and General Landon Bosco is with him along with Special Agent Hooper. Not e3veryone is what they appear to be, and the program was strong for five years ensuring and hopefully disposing of specimens used to test V7, but things get more dangerous when Claire is told to destroy it. The Disposal Program is powerful, and it is the power. She cannot believe it. Bosco was one of the few outsides of the lab that cared about this program and virus. Janet Ramirez stood at a white board and worked through the night for this meeting. Claire begins by stating how long they have been working on creating the most deadly and lethal pathogen to man. She tells the history and what her insights are and her hope for the future and the release of this virus but on who and where? The killer was the fact that she does not have a vaccine and it would take time to create one as she has had not much luck containing V7 with a vaccine, but they are in trials now, but General Murry says two words: DESTROY IT! Is the department wasting time and money on this? This she states is a next generation weapon. It is hard to agree with what she has created as in the wrong hands who knows what could happen and why would anyone want to create a virus that could kill so many people and who would be the targets? His reasoning is sound to a point and microbes are dangerous and no isolated target. She feels it is safe and her lab state of the art and the proper protocols are in place but not everything or everyone is what they seem. The author creates doubt in the minds of those present at the meeting, Claire is determined to win the argument and not lose her nine years of work but what happens next will shock you to the core. Kel comes to her defense ad tries to support her. He has been on her staff as a physiologist for nine years and came from the Army which came first. Murry did not care, and he relates what he knows about the program and Claire realizes that this might be a losing battle but why is she alone with Hopper?  The General was impressed with eh tour information and he looked to see where the lab was that stored V7, but things start to unravel and even though she is world famous for getting a Nobel Prize, her career is about to fold. She is commanded to get rid of the virus and he feels it could wipe out so countries and innocent people and she comes back with it could wipe out all our enemies and it would put us beyond the biosciences in all other developed countries. At times you wonder if she understands the gravity of what she created and if fame from creating this is what she sees and not the long-term dangers. She refuses to listen and is now fired. There is a lot to process and you the reader must decide if you agree with the decision to destroy her work or will what Claire be attempting to do next. Someone agrees with her work and feels that what is created is a work of God. Can she go over the General’s head and what happens if he finds out? Forced to leave realizing just how this would affect her family, Claire is shortsighted and blind sighted at the same time. What exactly did Hopper have in mind and what transaction did she agree to and was it credible? In a bar with other people and not realizing what happened so far and that this man was not who she thought he was the author sets in motion something that will affect her forever. Watching a homeless man carrying on in a window and then Hopper relating facts about Bosco not realizing just what was wrong with Hopper what she agreed to benefit her family she might have discounted . What is the agreement she made about V7 and would her family be safe as a result but sometimes things happen and it’s too late and the ending will shock you even more? Just who is Agent Hopper? What is his motive for doing this to Claire? What will happen if V7 gets out? A deadly transaction, an even deadlier briefcase and an ending that lets learn the full impact of V7. Would you agree with what she did? What about Hopper what was his final goal? An ending that is filled with horror, fear, disaster and a virus that well you decide the outcome when you read the final pages and see and understand the result of what happens because of Claire’s Apocalypse. Characters that are developed and a final scene so vividly depicted and created it will haunt you for days after reading it. BUT? IS THIS OVER? Fran Lewis: Just reviews      

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Horror Report -Angela

    I asked to review this short story when the opportunity came up. This story is written not only by an author I’ve reviewed before, a novel, but also one of my fellow team members at Blackthorn Book Tours. To me, as a fellow writer, it is imperative to get feedback from all kinds of readers, including my peers. They have special insight into the writing process and can often offer some very valuable creative and constructive feedback. The chance to do this with a fellow team member was something I asked to review this short story when the opportunity came up. This story is written not only by an author I’ve reviewed before, a novel, but also one of my fellow team members at Blackthorn Book Tours. To me, as a fellow writer, it is imperative to get feedback from all kinds of readers, including my peers. They have special insight into the writing process and can often offer some very valuable creative and constructive feedback. The chance to do this with a fellow team member was something I could not pass up. Not to mention that I enjoyed the novel I first read by Rose, The Haunting of Hotel Gallagher (my review of it can be found on my website.) When I saw that Rose had written a short story, I jumped on the chance to read and review it. So, here we go! This short story, Claire’s Apocalypse, packed the punch of a full sci-fi horror novel into, get this, about 40 pages. 40 pages!!! Such a short read for right before bed…for the brave souls. Not only is this not the typical apocalyptic story, it’s much more realistic and possible than I think a lot of people realize. This adds an exceptional feeling of fear and suspense to the story. Rose is a true master of vocabulary; this must be pointed out. This short story is full of amazingly poignant word choices depicting the most vivid and terrifying images the mind can conjure up when reading this tale. This is truly an example of what I consider to be a practically perfect sci-fi horror story. And I am not usually a sci-fi fan. Normally it doesn’t really blow my hair back, so to speak. But this story gave me a new appreciation for the science fiction scene and the different uses of that theme. Although I don’t want to give too much away, I know you want to know a little about the story itself. All I am willing to say is that it is about a young woman working with biochemical agents that runs into some very real physical and moral dilemmas. Here is the summary: The world may be doomed by her mistake...unless she has the will to save it. In the laboratories of the nation’s secret Bioweapons Division, Dr. Claire Lyle houses vials that could trigger the apocalypse. After a decade of neglecting her husband and daughter to develop the virus, Claire has finally created the most infectious microbe known to man. Excited to share the news about her creation, she gives an update on the project to her new superior, only for him to demand it be destroyed. With all hope of negotiating for the project’s survival gone and a broken promise remaining where an effective vaccine should have been, Claire is forced to choose a different path, one which includes a distraught co-worker who is full of damning secrets. I strongly recommend this story. It was such a quick read and it really grabs you from the start and just keeps going. RATINGS 5/5 Stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Rowe

    This review was originally posted at https://bit.ly/3s2RJiU. When Claire is fired by the new general and ordered to destroy the project she has been working on for the last 9 years she just can't do it. So when another offers to buy her project for 3 million plus 3 tickets for she, her husband, and daughter to an underground bunker she jumps at the chance. After all it is better for her viral infection to be locked away somewhere then to be destroyed like it never existed. What is the worst that This review was originally posted at https://bit.ly/3s2RJiU. When Claire is fired by the new general and ordered to destroy the project she has been working on for the last 9 years she just can't do it. So when another offers to buy her project for 3 million plus 3 tickets for she, her husband, and daughter to an underground bunker she jumps at the chance. After all it is better for her viral infection to be locked away somewhere then to be destroyed like it never existed. What is the worst that can happen? Or will she turn her back on this and do the right thing, destroying this thing that never should have existed and could end life as we know it. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I am always one for an apocalyptic book or even post apocalyptic so I was very excited for this book. This is kind of a starting point book. With most apocalyptic books it is after the catalyst, but this is what leads up to the apocalypse. Unfortunately, this book isn't completely implausible. Too many people play with biochemistry and things that are best left alone. I would like to know what happens next. If there is a cure. What the survival rate is. All kinds of things. Normally I try not to give things away, but since the title of the book includes that it is about an apocalypse I figure what I have disclosed is easy enough to guess. What the sickness does, how it is released, by who, and when is still a mystery. I hope that there is more to this story in the future as this only gives a snippet of what I want to know. It was a very intriguing story and I enjoyed reading it. I have to say that I absolutely hated Claire's family. Her husband takes advantage of her. I can't really say I hate her daughter. She's nine. So her snapping and saying things to her mother after she lost her job is forgivable. The husband though. He plays in gigs in a band while she supports their family. While I agree she should have bit her tongue and destroyed it he isn't helping matters any. While it didn't come out and say it it was as if the fact he may have to grow up and be a real adult was the worst possible thing that could happen. Can't say I respect those qualities in either sex be it male or female.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James

    Many authors will tell you that it’s harder to write a short story than it is to pen a full novel. With a novel you have freedom to roam the countryside, smell the flowers, talk to the animals, and camp out for a few nights. With a short story, writers tend to focus on a limited number of characters, a couple of settings, and a tight plot. Also, with a short story, it’s quite common for the ending to be ambiguous and open to interpretation: a lot is left to the reader’s imagination. A genre perf Many authors will tell you that it’s harder to write a short story than it is to pen a full novel. With a novel you have freedom to roam the countryside, smell the flowers, talk to the animals, and camp out for a few nights. With a short story, writers tend to focus on a limited number of characters, a couple of settings, and a tight plot. Also, with a short story, it’s quite common for the ending to be ambiguous and open to interpretation: a lot is left to the reader’s imagination. A genre perfect for the short story is horror. Detroit writer K.T. Rose writes horror, thriller and dark fiction, and posts some of her work on her website. Recently she published Claire’s Apocalypse, a disturbing short story that fits the criteria set out in the above paragraph. The main character is Dr Claire Lyle, a renowned scientist who specialises in virology, and is employed by the US government to head up their bioweapons division. After reaching a major breakthrough in the development of a weaponised virus, she and her colleagues are distraught when a new general takes over and orders the project shut down and the serum destroyed. Claire has devoted her entire working life on this project, to the detriment of her family and personal life, and she decides to take immediate and drastic action. K.T. Rose wastes little time and uses every word and scene to portray a woman driven close to insanity by the very nature of her job. She makes a rash decision that heralds the end of the world and the climax is both brutal and shocking. The action takes place in two locations: Claire’s laboratory and a coffeeshop where she hopes to meet the person who will help her with her dangerous plan. In the end, though, there is no way out for Claire. Nor is there one for any of us in this story. Claire’s Apocalypse is a great example of what might happen when people who should know better play God with the lives of others and nature itself. It’s well worth reading, and K.T. is an author to look out for.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zelda FeatzReviews

    To start with I have to say, do not be discouraged by the creepy cover of this book. The story is not nearly as bad as the cover looks. If I saw this cover in a bookstore, I would without a doubt pass it by. Imagine you created something that could destroy humans, a bioweapon like no one has ever seen before. Before you have the chance to create a vaccine, the virus is released and you are forced to watch the destruction unfold, unable to do anything to stop it. This was an introduction to K.T. R To start with I have to say, do not be discouraged by the creepy cover of this book. The story is not nearly as bad as the cover looks. If I saw this cover in a bookstore, I would without a doubt pass it by. Imagine you created something that could destroy humans, a bioweapon like no one has ever seen before. Before you have the chance to create a vaccine, the virus is released and you are forced to watch the destruction unfold, unable to do anything to stop it. This was an introduction to K.T. Rose for me and I found myself enjoying her writing. Her story is short and to the point with just enough detail and graphic information to keep you hooked from start to finish. Dr Lyle has spent nine years creating the perfect bioweapon; V7. A deadly virus the puts the US way ahead of their enemies in the field. She is excited and proud of her achievement. When her boss retires and a new Major takes over the division she cannot wait to share what progress she has made. Only to have him demand that it be destroyed. Eager to keep nine years of work alive, Dr Lyle steals the virus and sells it to the highest bidder, only to have the virus released and her family put at risk. This book is only 37 pages and long and can easily be read in one sitting. I found myself gripped from the first line of the book eager to see where the author was taking her story. Pre COVID this book would have seemed far fetched and extremely unrealistic. However, with the world we are living in and all the conspiracy theories flying around, you find yourself almost believing this tale. This sci-fi, horror story is perfect for the times we are living in and will appeal to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and horror. Conspiracy theorists just might find this rather intriguing as well. Just remember this is a work of fiction, do not take it too seriously. I found I loved this little tale and recommend it for a quick read that is guaranteed to leave you wondering, just a little bit.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Protagonists that readers learn to hate are one of my favorites - because it’s so hard, as a writer, to create someone that people can relate to, yet come to despise throughout the story. No, I wouldn’t say I despised Claire of “Claire’s Apocalypse” by K.T. Rose. But it was hard to like her, that’s for sure. Dr. Claire Lyle has finally created the world’s deadliest weapon - a virus that, once inside in a person, will rapidly cause them to get sick and die. With this weapon, America can destroy a Protagonists that readers learn to hate are one of my favorites - because it’s so hard, as a writer, to create someone that people can relate to, yet come to despise throughout the story. No, I wouldn’t say I despised Claire of “Claire’s Apocalypse” by K.T. Rose. But it was hard to like her, that’s for sure. Dr. Claire Lyle has finally created the world’s deadliest weapon - a virus that, once inside in a person, will rapidly cause them to get sick and die. With this weapon, America can destroy all its enemies and end all wars (or start them, depending on how you see it). For me, it’s hard to like a person that willingly creates havoc and violence. Dr. Lyle has worked almost 10 years on this virus when a general comes and orders her to destroy it. That’s where the story pretty much starts, so I won’t spoil any of it for you. You must read this quick thriller story if you want to see what happens. Which I HIGHLY recommend you do, because once I started this, I didn’t want to stop. 36 pages flew by and I found myself reeling at the climax. I have never read anything by this author before - but I definitely will be soon! I loved this story. I love how the author created such 3-dimensional characters in such a short amount of time. And the tension this little tale brings! My eyes were glued to my screen. The one complaint I have - I wanted MORE! I usually love when authors keep their stories short (nothing drives me more nuts than pages and pages of literally nothing happening, just to make a book a novel length). However, this is one of the few exceptions. Rose obviously has a talent for writing interesting, 3-dimensional characters. I would’ve loved to have a bit more background on the characters in this story. Go show this author some love and check out her newest short story, “Claire’s Apocalypse” on Amazon today!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Review Title: Claire's Apocalypse by K.T. Rose Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Short Story Rating: 5 Stars As most of my reader will know I have a love, hate relationship with short stories especially those in the horror genre but I was intrigued by Claire’s Apocalypse which centres around Dr. Claire Lyle working for the Bioweapons Division as she creates the most infectious microbe known to man. After years of working on the virus known as V7, created to be the next big bioweapon, Claire’s who Book Review Title: Claire's Apocalypse by K.T. Rose Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Short Story Rating: 5 Stars As most of my reader will know I have a love, hate relationship with short stories especially those in the horror genre but I was intrigued by Claire’s Apocalypse which centres around Dr. Claire Lyle working for the Bioweapons Division as she creates the most infectious microbe known to man. After years of working on the virus known as V7, created to be the next big bioweapon, Claire’s whole department is shut down but she refuses to let the virus be destroyed so she takes it and intends to sell it to the highest bidder. It turns out that the highest bidder is someone known to her as is the person coming to collect it. While she waits Claire reflects on everything she has sacrificed to get to this moment and the truth behind what she is going to do. When her contact arrives, she realises that while she has her money the tickets to an underground bunker safe from the virus are only for one person not her whole family as she was promised and while Claire tries to call off the deal but it is too late. Overall, Claire’s Apocalypse was an interesting story and the premise would have been great for a full length novel similar to World War Z in tone. Claire was also a deeply flawed protagonist as she has ordered things done in the name of science that were horrific but when the tables are turned on her and she is confronted with the reality of what she has created she is remorseful and the only regret she has is not being with her family at the end. I would highly recommend Claire’s Apocalypse for horror fans just looking for something to whet their appetite or to break the dreadful reading slump.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free copy of Claire’s Apocalypse through Blackthorn Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity! This short story is simply amazing! I read it in a single sitting and even when I was finished I couldn’t help but want more! But, in a good way! This is a must for zombie fans! This short story is definitely short, being roughly 37 pages. But it packs a punch! This was a slightly different take on zombie apocalypse than I’m used to seeing. Often, I see stor I received a free copy of Claire’s Apocalypse through Blackthorn Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity! This short story is simply amazing! I read it in a single sitting and even when I was finished I couldn’t help but want more! But, in a good way! This is a must for zombie fans! This short story is definitely short, being roughly 37 pages. But it packs a punch! This was a slightly different take on zombie apocalypse than I’m used to seeing. Often, I see stories where we’re already in full swing of the apocalypse or we get to see the start of it. But in Claire’s Apocalypse, we get to see the creation of the virus. Personally, I didn’t think this was too far off from being real, which makes this even more creepy to read and think about! I won’t say too much otherwise I’ll be spoiling it, but I just loved this take on apocalypses. It was interesting to see the thoughts behind the creation of this virus. Why they felt the need to even think of it. Why they felt it should exist. Even though I didn’t agree at all with their reasoning, it was still fun to read about. I will say from the start of the story it was obvious the virus had gotten out, but the how wasn’t clear. So it was captivating to not only see the creation of this virus but how it had gotten out and the events that led up to it. As I said, this left me wanting more. And I mean this in a good way. I felt the story itself was just the right length. Though, I still would have loved to see how the virus spread after its initial release. After finishing this, I just want to read more zombie apocalypse books! This has definitely pushed me back into my zombie mood! I think this would be perfect for any zombie fan! It’s a super quick read and fills all the zombie needs of a zombie fan!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jess | dapper.reads

    This was listed as a horror and while I can see that, it didn’t have the fear factor I was hoping for. It was an enjoyable story but I do feel that it was a bit too short. Basically Claire makes a virus. Claire is told to destroy said virus. Claire doesn’t want to. Claire doesn’t. Claire breaks the world. Pretty common storyline. There are many underlying bits to this story though that made it quite enjoyable for me. First and most importantly to me, this story makes me think about blind trust. This was listed as a horror and while I can see that, it didn’t have the fear factor I was hoping for. It was an enjoyable story but I do feel that it was a bit too short. Basically Claire makes a virus. Claire is told to destroy said virus. Claire doesn’t want to. Claire doesn’t. Claire breaks the world. Pretty common storyline. There are many underlying bits to this story though that made it quite enjoyable for me. First and most importantly to me, this story makes me think about blind trust. We do blindly trust people in positions of authority to be responsible. We assume that they have the best interests of the majority at heart. This story brings to light the real life horror of when that doesn’t happen. Secondly, what will any of us do to protect the ones we love? This is clearly written on an apocalyptic level, but it doesn’t start out that way. In reality though, would any of us think it’s the end of the world until we were knee deep in it? Third, trusting your gut. Here is where I gotta not say much or I’ll ruin the entire story. Basically though, gut instincts - should we really trust them? Overall, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. This short story really got me thinking. I did enjoy it though.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Graham Sillars

    Firstly I’d like to thank the lovely folk at Blackthorn Book Tours for giving me a free copy of this fun little book with a request for an open and honest review. There will be some spoilers in this review... I thoroughly enjoyed this quick and chilling little read. With a glut of zombie books and movies and other media out there it isn’t often we get a story that begins with the origins of how the zombie hordes came into being. Here we meet Dr. Claire Lyle. She works as a scientist/virologist in a Firstly I’d like to thank the lovely folk at Blackthorn Book Tours for giving me a free copy of this fun little book with a request for an open and honest review. There will be some spoilers in this review... I thoroughly enjoyed this quick and chilling little read. With a glut of zombie books and movies and other media out there it isn’t often we get a story that begins with the origins of how the zombie hordes came into being. Here we meet Dr. Claire Lyle. She works as a scientist/virologist in a governmental establishment that is developing weapons for chemical warfare. She and her team have spent the last 9 years working on an airborne virus called V7, which if released will kill, then reanimate its victims as mindless zombies who are intent on consuming the flesh of anyone they come into contact with. Claire’s superiors are anxious that this should be nipped in the bud due to the inefficient nature of the vaccine that has been created in tandem with V7. She makes a snap decision that she will not destroy the virus and instead decides to sell it in the hope of it never being let loose and to preserve the safety of her young family. You can imagine what happens... This is a well written and engaging short story that really builds a feeling of fear and impending destruction. The ending, where most stories in this genre begin, is, as you can imagine, somewhat gruesome.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Faydra | PuzzledBooks

    "The creation came from Claire's mind; she's the true genius that brought it to life." Summary: Claire has created a bioweapon unlike anything seen before: a quick-acting virus with a 100% mortality rate. When she is instructed to get rid of it, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for sending me a copy of this short story. When I first saw the small wordcount, I was both intrigued and unsure; to pull together a rounded story in such a small number of "The creation came from Claire's mind; she's the true genius that brought it to life." Summary: Claire has created a bioweapon unlike anything seen before: a quick-acting virus with a 100% mortality rate. When she is instructed to get rid of it, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for sending me a copy of this short story. When I first saw the small wordcount, I was both intrigued and unsure; to pull together a rounded story in such a small number of words is a tough feat, but Rose did a fantastic job. It felt very much like a piece that would sit perfectly in an anthology, but it works as a standalone as well. Rose also took a rather common zombie trope (scientist creates bad disease, what if it gets out?) and by focusing on the scientist who created it and her inflexible hubris, it was both unique and strangely apt for the happenings in the world today. I really enjoyed Rose's writing style, and she will definitely be an author I will read in the future. With how well she handled this story, I would love to see what she brings to a full-length novel.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    “They bite and claw and grab at my shirt and pants. They want to sink their teeth deep into my flesh and taste me—gorge on my being and turn me into them. They want to take me to the land of the dead.” Dr. Claire Lyle is the Civilian Lead Scientist at a bioweapons facility. After 9 years of hard work, Claire and her team have finally developed the ultimate bioweapon — a lethal and malignant virus Claire is so proud of her creation and unveils it to the military officers that she reports to. She is “They bite and claw and grab at my shirt and pants. They want to sink their teeth deep into my flesh and taste me—gorge on my being and turn me into them. They want to take me to the land of the dead.” Dr. Claire Lyle is the Civilian Lead Scientist at a bioweapons facility. After 9 years of hard work, Claire and her team have finally developed the ultimate bioweapon — a lethal and malignant virus Claire is so proud of her creation and unveils it to the military officers that she reports to. She is told to destroy it, kill it! Claire then chooses a path that will change her families lives and her career forever. Claire’s Apocalypse is such a great short story.I haven’t read many horror stories so this was perfect for me to try them. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be reading more now. I received a gifted digital copy of the book from Blackthorn Book Tours for my honest opinion

  19. 4 out of 5

    thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)

    Dr. Claire Lyle is the country's top Infectious Disease Biochemist and Civilian Lead Scientist of the Bioweapon Program. After nine laborious years, she and her team finally developed a virus called V7, the most lethal pathogenic weapon. However, when asked to destroy it, she made a decision which inadvertently unleashes something deadlier than the virus. This was an intense and fast-paced sci-fi horror short story which was pretty good and perfect if you're looking for something short and thril Dr. Claire Lyle is the country's top Infectious Disease Biochemist and Civilian Lead Scientist of the Bioweapon Program. After nine laborious years, she and her team finally developed a virus called V7, the most lethal pathogenic weapon. However, when asked to destroy it, she made a decision which inadvertently unleashes something deadlier than the virus. This was an intense and fast-paced sci-fi horror short story which was pretty good and perfect if you're looking for something short and thrilling. Although the plot is not something new for a zombie horror story, it was the writing that made this book worked for me. I am hoping that there will be more to Claire's Apocalypse since this short story was more like a prologue to me personally. Overall, it was good and left me wanting more! ***Thank you Blackthorn Book Tours and author K. T. Rose for this copy to read and review. *** TW: gore details

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Book Summary: This book follows our main character Claire who has spent the better part of a decade creating this virus. The virus can create the next apocalypse. She has also spent the better part of a decade, neglecting both her husband and her daughter. When she finally created one of the most infectious diseases in humankind, she is excited to share the news. She sits in a cafe with her superior and his only want is to unleash this virus on humankind. Will Claire be able to save humankind bef Book Summary: This book follows our main character Claire who has spent the better part of a decade creating this virus. The virus can create the next apocalypse. She has also spent the better part of a decade, neglecting both her husband and her daughter. When she finally created one of the most infectious diseases in humankind, she is excited to share the news. She sits in a cafe with her superior and his only want is to unleash this virus on humankind. Will Claire be able to save humankind before it is too late? Or will the virus start something no one is ready for? Thoughts: This was a great read! I loved the ending and thought that it could be somewhat longer. I think that this will be great for those who want to start reading Sci-Fi and Horror but don’t know where to start. I loved the aspect of this book and how the author wrote this. My only problem is I wish it was longer so that way, what happened at the end can be explored more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sylv • She/Her shamelessmoodreader

    Perfect for fans of Twelve Monkeys, The Stand or The passage, Claire’s Apocalypse is the story of killer zombie virus being unleashed upon the world. What is really intriguing about this story, and what made it stand out for me is that Claire- the protagonist, is the creator of said virus. I really enjoyed this short story, it was fast paced, driven, interesting and the science was fun to read and believable. I always love stories with a morally gray cast, and the abrupt ending gave me that pit Perfect for fans of Twelve Monkeys, The Stand or The passage, Claire’s Apocalypse is the story of killer zombie virus being unleashed upon the world. What is really intriguing about this story, and what made it stand out for me is that Claire- the protagonist, is the creator of said virus. I really enjoyed this short story, it was fast paced, driven, interesting and the science was fun to read and believable. I always love stories with a morally gray cast, and the abrupt ending gave me that pit of the stomach feeling which only comes with good horror. Four star rating from me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Definitely recommend Claire’s Apocalypse if you’re looking for a quick horror fix, and I’m excited to have found a new voice in the genre. Thank you so much BlackthornBooktours for sending me this story to review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen (kmo.reads)

    Having previously read a book by K.T. Rose , I jumped at the chance to read this short story. Claire is a Biochemist for the government and she created V7 which if released, could kill everyone. It was to be used as a war tool, but a new General shuts down 9 years worth of work. Claire is upset and makes a rash decision that affects not only her family, but other innocent people. Sometimes the people you think you know, you really don’t know. This short story was a bit slow in the beginning, but Having previously read a book by K.T. Rose , I jumped at the chance to read this short story. Claire is a Biochemist for the government and she created V7 which if released, could kill everyone. It was to be used as a war tool, but a new General shuts down 9 years worth of work. Claire is upset and makes a rash decision that affects not only her family, but other innocent people. Sometimes the people you think you know, you really don’t know. This short story was a bit slow in the beginning, but picked up at the end and turned out to be a great read. This is not for the faint of heart as this is a horror short story. Thank you to the author and @blackthorntours for the #gifted copy of the book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    enjoyingbooksagain

    A Zombie Horror Science fiction I started out really liking this story it’s about a scientist named Claire who creates a bio weapon called V7. V7 is Claire’s creation she’s been working on for nine years. Then one day in walks General Murray who asks Claire how V7 Is coming and Claire has to admit she needs more time. That’s when things change the general tell Claire to destroy V7 but she not having that he will not destroy her creation. Claire ends up fired and secretly walking out the doors with A Zombie Horror Science fiction I started out really liking this story it’s about a scientist named Claire who creates a bio weapon called V7. V7 is Claire’s creation she’s been working on for nine years. Then one day in walks General Murray who asks Claire how V7 Is coming and Claire has to admit she needs more time. That’s when things change the general tell Claire to destroy V7 but she not having that he will not destroy her creation. Claire ends up fired and secretly walking out the doors with V7 a bio weapon. Does it end up in someone else hands? That’s were I will leave you if I tell you more you will know the story 😊

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sophiaaaa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow! I love a good short story and this is definitely one of them. It’s crazy to think a past and present perspective can be portrayed in such a short story but it really worked. I think having a woman as the main character who is a military biochemist is amazing, portraying how us women can have such amazing high ranking jobs in a society that is supposedly all about equality (which we all know is bs) is great! I was really rooting for Claire and her family to have a happy ending but it wouldn’t be Wow! I love a good short story and this is definitely one of them. It’s crazy to think a past and present perspective can be portrayed in such a short story but it really worked. I think having a woman as the main character who is a military biochemist is amazing, portraying how us women can have such amazing high ranking jobs in a society that is supposedly all about equality (which we all know is bs) is great! I was really rooting for Claire and her family to have a happy ending but it wouldn’t be an apocalypse if their safety wasn’t jeopardised.

  25. 4 out of 5

    anakdenesor

    It's just a short story of main idea in this book which is zombie. I feel a bit devastated because this book could be a great book if it been develop more about the content. It feel like hanging, with no climax and suddenly it end. I also totally do not agree with the main character who so stubborn and don't want to destroy the virus just because they working on it for 9 years. How come they want to create an army of death bodies. It's cruel! And beyond the nature. It's just a short story of main idea in this book which is zombie. I feel a bit devastated because this book could be a great book if it been develop more about the content. It feel like hanging, with no climax and suddenly it end. I also totally do not agree with the main character who so stubborn and don't want to destroy the virus just because they working on it for 9 years. How come they want to create an army of death bodies. It's cruel! And beyond the nature.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eddy Wu

    A short story succinctly told. Well packed details flesh out the characters. Conflicts between characters brings depth and makes the story development alive. The negotiation scene feels familiar yet fresh. The ending is what the reader wanted to find out in if it has uncanny resemblance with world events or it is a fictitious story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paul Preston

    Compelling quick read that keeps you wondering and delivers a bloody good time. This would be an amazing prequel to a whole series of stories. I could easily see a short story collection about multiple pov and it is because of the easy writing style that just makes you part of the story and connected with the characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This feels like a great prequel to a zombie apocalypse story. I like the build up and how you're not quite sure what's going to happen until the last bit of the story. Also, I appreciate Claire's actions because it shows just how smart and naïve somebody can be. This feels like a great prequel to a zombie apocalypse story. I like the build up and how you're not quite sure what's going to happen until the last bit of the story. Also, I appreciate Claire's actions because it shows just how smart and naïve somebody can be.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    My full review can be found here: https://thereadingwife.com/claires-ap... My full review can be found here: https://thereadingwife.com/claires-ap...

  30. 4 out of 5

    lacy white

    Find this review and others like it at https://aravenclawlibraryx.wordpress.com oh my lord. why am i so bad at putting down my trigger warnings? okay, so the trigger warnings that i remember is: violent death, blood, biochemical warfare, and gore. i think that's it? forgive me, readers! 2021 is the year of short stories for me, thanks to Blackthorn Book Tours. They have been providing me with some great books so far and this one is no exception. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of short stories. Find this review and others like it at https://aravenclawlibraryx.wordpress.com oh my lord. why am i so bad at putting down my trigger warnings? okay, so the trigger warnings that i remember is: violent death, blood, biochemical warfare, and gore. i think that's it? forgive me, readers! 2021 is the year of short stories for me, thanks to Blackthorn Book Tours. They have been providing me with some great books so far and this one is no exception. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of short stories. I mention this in another review, but usually what happens is I get so sucked into a story and then it’s over, just like that. But this short story was different. This appealed to me because it is very reminiscent of Resident Evil. In case you don’t know, I am a huge fan of Resident Evil, the games not the movies. I’ve only seen one movie of Resident Evil. My favorite RE (resident evil) is probably RE7. I’m a huge Ethan Winters fan. Don’t even talk to me about the ending of Resident Evil Village because I will cry. Of course, I haven’t watched every gameplay of all the Resident Evil’s because there is a lot but I have definitely enjoyed the ones I’ve watched. Anyway, I enjoyed this short story, in case that wasn’t obvious. Claire was a pretty developed character for a short story and I found myself rooting for her. We got to know her personally and why she does what she does. Her decisions, while not the smartest, had a good motive behind it and I can’t fault her for that. The plot was developed well for a short story. We got a lot of information but not too much. It didn’t turn into info dumping, which can sometimes happen with science fiction. That information was also easy to understand, which is another downfall of science fiction. Science can sometimes be hard to understand. If you have an understanding of what Resident Evil is, especially in the first couple of games/movies, then you will be able to understand what is going on with this short story. Overall, while short, this was well written with a great main character and an interesting plot. Hopefully, one day, the author will adapt this into a full length novel because I think it would be amazing. And, honestly, I am just greedy. I want more of anything that I love.

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