The Horde Is Coming For You | Antivirus by Michael Koogler

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Antivirus by Michael Koogler is a science fiction thriller with a twist of gruesome. It kept my mind engaged and my skin crawling until the end. This novel was a bit outside my normal genres—a bit more on the hardcore science fiction side than I tend to read.

There are compelling characters throughout Antivirus, I immediately connected with Jennifer and Jon Sheppard. Their relationship felt real and believable. I understood the conflict they both felt in relation to their careers and their need to make sure the other was happy. And their dog, Dakota, filled out their family, and became a real key player in the unfolding of the plot. I could see him bounding around the house and backyard wrestling with Jon and protecting Jennifer. I actually disagree with the book’s blurb on GoodReads. This book, in my opinion is about Jon and his family.

The computer virus, introduced in the Prologue, was a real character to me as well. The level of sophistication of the software and its ability to adapt was amazing. I was reminded of the movie, Her, which showed the tender side of intelligent, adaptable AI. The Horde is the complete flip of that. Imagine Hannibal Lecter as a virus. *shivers*

I will admit that Antivirus was a bit gory. The gruesome bits were a bit too much for me. The way the virus consumed people was disturbing. As the book wound down to its conclusion and the virus ramped up the body count, the gore escalated. There is only so much guts and gore this girl can take. I’m barely able to watch people bleeding to death on television without getting a bit squicked out.

Antivirus was a thrill ride I wasn’t expecting. If you have a weak stomach, you may wish to proceed with caution. And be prepared to be haunted…hunted by The Horde.

book review antivirus michael koogler


book review antivirus michael koogler

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Author: Michael Koogler
Published on: April 10, 2015
Pages: 242
Series: The Horde Series #1
Genres: adult, science fiction
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My Rating: Thumbs Up


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

1 Kindle copy of Convergence
1 Kindle copy of Antivirus
1 physical copy of Convergence
1 physical copy of Antivirus

About Michael Koogler

Michael Koogler was born in Dayton, Ohio and resides today in Coralville, Iowa with his wife and children. He is an avid reader of fiction, enjoying the talents of numerous independent authors right along with some of his favorite legends like Stephen King, Terry Brooks, and RA Salvatore.

His first full-length novel released in 2012, beginning his career as a published author. Hade's Gambit was co-written with fellow authors Jed Peterson and Jaren Riley and the follow-up novel, The Rise of Cain, was released Fall of 2013. He also has an appearance in the paranormal anthology entitled Sadistic Shorts, as well as another short story in the 2015-released horror anthology, Never Fear.

2015 has been busy, seeing the release the sci-fi horror Antivirus, as well as an epic fantasy entitled Convergence, the first novel in a 4-book journey called the Earth War Saga. On September 4th, Kingmaker, an apocalyptic thriller hit the shelves. And still to come is a short and terrifying horror story about the fear of clowns appearing in the Halloween release of Never Fear: Phobias. The 4th quarter of 2015 will also see Mirror, the second story in the Earth War Saga and Risen, continuing the Seals of Krypteia storyline. 2016 holds much promise, too, including the continuation of both of those series, as well as a stand-alone sci-fi novel called The Souls of Mars and the much anticipated Antivirus 2.

He continues to balance his time between work, family, and penning additional future best sellers.


5 responses to “The Horde Is Coming For You | Antivirus by Michael Koogler

  1. I’m 40K words into Antivirus 2 right now. Also working on a pure sci-fi, Mars genre book that has a sentient AI. Must be something with computers. 🙂