An extract from the book Bernard Cooper Zombie Slayer: The Attack Of The Infected available from Amazon. This is the first book of the series published by Cools And Fools Publications
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“…Bernard reached the gates and shot through them, he was now driving a fully fuelled heavy truck and he was armed. There was only one thing to do now and that was to get home to Southampton as fast as he could and find his family. Bernard headed for the A31 for the 35 mile drive home down the M3. Without traffic the journey should take 56 minutes but the drive home was littered with abandoned cars and lorries, some were on fire and many were piled up as they drove into each other. Infected people were running around the roads looking for fresh meat and the non-infected were running for their lives. The journey home was long but relatively smooth.
Bernard had a few run ins with some ‘bite-ies’ that resulted in him mowing them down with his truck or placing the odd bullet or two in their skulls. The journey home took 5 hours, Bernard wasn’t sure what he would find when he got home but as he approached Southampton south of Eastleigh he ran into a large traffic jam. Vehicles were parked along the M3 waiting to get into the newly appointed safety zone of Southampton. There were hundreds of heavily armed troops patrolling along the motorway in groups and all wearing heavy protective body armour and helmets with visors. There was no visible skin on any of the soldiers; they were covered to minimise any risk if they were attacked by one of the infected.
Huge fences were being erected and above Bernard could hear the whirring sounds of military owned Boeing CH-47 Chinooks as they flew overhead delivering more fencing and troops to the area. It took several hours for Bernard to get through the barricades; everyone was being tested for the virus. A quick blood test would reveal whether they had it or not and were performed in the vehicles surrounded by armed soldiers. A doctor would take a blood sample as troops looked on aiming their guns into the vehicles. The blood sample was placed inside a computer that would quickly analyse it looking for the virus. The blood testing machine was being pushed around on a wheel trolley by doctors also all covered head to toe in protective clothing.
Bernard watched on as the military doctors went down the line testing people. When anyone was given the clear they were waved on and allowed to enter the city, those who failed were taken away from their vehicles. Those who were deemed too far gone were walked down the bank off the motorway and onto a field where several large marquees had been erected. Bernard watched as several of the infected were taken into the closest of the marquees, a few seconds past then he heard organised gun shots. They had been executed. Another marquee connected to the one used for killing the infected had smoke billowing out from the far end, it was in there that the military hid the furnaces where they disposed of the infected bodies.
Those that failed the blood test but had yet not shown any of the signs of turning were taken away and loaded onto trucks. They were to be taken away to be studied at local hospitals and kept in a ‘prison city’ for the infected which was being built in Portsmouth. Scientists and doctors wanted to find a cure and a vaccine and these people would be their test subjects for experiments. The infection usually took hold fast and so they had to act quickly, occasionally some people would turn slowly but this was rare. Anyone who resisted or tried to run away from the soldiers dragging them from their vehicles were shot. Bernard had witnessed a young couple who had been taken from a silver Fiat Doblo, several cars in front of him, who had tried to make a run for it get shot in the back of their heads on the side of the road as they ran.
The team of doctors and their protecting entourage or armed troops made their way to Bernard’s truck, the door was opened and several guns were aimed at him, because of the height of the cabin Bernard was asked to step out of it.
“Over there against the side” shouted a senior soldier.
A doctor took his arm and placed a needle and syringe into his arm and withdrew some blood. Because of the close proximity of Bernard was to the doctor he had the end of a rifle barrel pressed hard against his cheek.
His blood was placed into the computer and tested, he passed, he was clean. He half expected to be kicked out of the military truck he had required and forced to walk home but as the troops searched the back looking for stowaways screams could be heard further up the road. Bernard turned to see a large number of people running towards the city barricades being chased by around 20-30 ‘bite-ies’
“Action stations, every available soldier to go and engage with the enemy now NOW NOW” shouted the senior soldier still pointing his gun towards Bernard, troops that were surrounding the truck ran further up the motorway and those who were searching the back of it all jumped out and joined the battle further up the M3. Gunfire filled the air as hundreds of troops ran to meet the attacking infected and stop them getting any further.
“Get in the truck and get moving now” Shouted the senior soldier who was still standing near Bernard….”
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