Parasite (Vertex #2)

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Title: Parasite (Vertex #2)
Author: Soren Summers
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Horror, Dark Fantasy, Apocalyptic Horror
Page Count: Approximately 69,000 words
Reviewed by: Natalie
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

It’s been one hundred and forty-five days since the world ended. Paragon has swept through the city of Pleasance like a reaper’s scythe. Now the dead walk the earth, seeking the flesh of the living. Still Jarod Samuels refuses to die.

As a hunter, Jarod safeguards the Hive, the ruined mall he calls home. He exterminates zombies to protect the city’s last few survivors, and to keep Gabriel Anderson unharmed, their lives intertwined now more than ever.

But in a city ravaged by Vertex’s corruption, there’s no telling what dangers each day will bring, whether the threats within the Hive’s walls might be deadlier than those without – or whether monsters from the past still lurk and linger in the city’s shadows.?

This romantic horror story is approximately 69,000 words in length.

Every year a reader has a new author they discover who blows their socks off. In 2016 my discovery was Soren Summers. In 2017 he continues to impress me!

I read Monster his debut novel because another reviewer gushed over it. I read the bonus material that accompanies Monster because the man is smart when it comes to marketing. I read Smolder because it’s a spinoff that also happens in the same universe.

So of course, I was anxiously awaiting Summers’ next release. And boy did Parasite deliver. It was action packed and full of so many HOLY COW moments.


The timetable is a few months after the shit has hit the fan and Pleasance was overtaken after the showdown at Vertex headquarters. The bodies have piled up, and the conspiracy is far reaching. We know that many people have been turned into zombies. Jarod and Gabriel are still together and are fighting side by side. We don’t know how widespread the outbreak is but the undead are everywhere. Jarod and Gabriel are stopped by armed officials while trying to escape the city and end up squatting in an abandoned mall with other survivors. The reader is then taken on a journey with Jarod and Gabriel. Will their relationship survive, is everyone in their new group trustworthy? Why are some of the undead different than others?


Summers delivers! He left me on edge the entire time. I loved everything about this story including the secondary characters. And the whole Hargrove aspect, I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. I was literally screaming at my Kindle like, “WHAT WAS THAT? WHATTTTTTT?” My gosh people, what a thrill ride. I’m being somewhat vague with the more meaty details in my review because I don’t want to spoil. But trust me, if you’re a fan of gay horror, with romantic elements, this is your series.

I have to say my favorite part of the book, was the “mind eraser.”

I’ll never view blowjobs the same again.

Summers is an author I will continue to follow. He has a unique way of having a story unfold, and it’s his unique style that continues to appeal to me as a reader.

I give Parasite 4.5 exciting stars.

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