Blue Fire by John Gilstrap

Person peeking through hole titled "Thriller"

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was so freaking good!!! This is a post-apoc story with a strong female lead, but told through multiple views then weave together to tell a heart-racing story of desperation, danger, and survival.

I was sucked into this one from page one, and I couldn’t put it down! I did realize about halfway through that this is book 2 in a series, but honestly, I was able to read this as a standalone, however, I want to go back and read book 1 now!

I highly recommend this one for readers that enjoy post-apoc stories that show how people try to survive after a major disaster.

Where to Find This Book:

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John Gilstrap, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Jonathan Grave novels, continues his acclaimed Victoria Emerson thriller series with Blue Fire. In the wake of a global conflict that has devastated America, one woman must lead—and protect—a community of survivors determined to rebuild all they have lost . . .

They call it Hell Day—a world war that lasted less than twenty-four hours. Nations unleashed weapons that destroyed more than a century’s worth of technology. Electrical grids cannot generate power. Communications and computers cannot run. And the remnants of the U. S. government cannot be depended upon. Those who survived must live as their ancestors did, off a land ruled by the whims of nature.

One-time congressional representative Victoria Emerson has become the new leader of the small town of Ortho, West Virginia. She has been struggling to provide food and shelter for the town’s inhabitants, while coping with desperate refugees. An autumn morning’s calm is shattered when her teenage son sounds the alarm with the cry “Blue Fire”—the code phrase for imminent danger.

A band of National Guardsmen intends to take Ortho and its resources for themselves. They have enough soldiers and firepower to eliminate anyone who dares to stop them. But Victoria swore an oath to defend and protect her people, and she isn’t about to surrender. It’s time to tap into the traditional American values of courage, ingenuity, and determination – and fight fire with fire.

Just the Facts:

Blue Fire by John Gilstrap
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic
Series: Victoria Emerson Thriller, Book 2
Publisher: Kensington Books
Pub Date: February 22, 2022


I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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