Wow - simply wow. I loved this book. When I read the blurb of BAT OUT OF HELL being an Eco-Thriller, I wasn't sure what I was going to get - something that would lead to an extension level event, something that would morph into a walking-dead like survival horror? BAT OUT OF HELL could've turned into anything and I'm sure, author Alan Gold would've done a great job irrespective f the plot direction.
From the blistering opening stanza of death, decay and mystery I was hooked. And then the tact turn different - the narrative pulled and pushed into new directions that weren't at all what I had expected - in a good way.
BAT OUT OF HELL follows the unconventional path of politics, human activists, Hollywood, and vigilantes to drive a plot centered around a colony of bats responsible for spreading a seemingly incurable disease across the world (in this instance, the spread is more isolated to contained pockets rather than all out black death). Sounds a little too real doesn't it? Which is what makes this book so plausible and more menacing.
The writing is crisp and the dialogue captures the uniqueness of each character - be it the President of the United States in Nat Thomas or scientist Debra Hart (the two lead characters). Not to mention, that ending - one of the best I've had the pleasure of reading.