Jerry McKinney’s In Extremis is a novella that falls on the highly short side. I would almost throw it into the short story category as it clocks in at about 10 pages. While I’m not sure on the word break down count off the top of my head I feel it is extremely on the short side and that works against it. The reason that it works against it was because it really was a great read and I didn’t put it down for the 16 pages and just wanted more as it came to a close.
The story focuses on a nun named Claire and Father Job. The Father, even through the zombie apocalypse happening right outside of the Church’s doors continues to hold onto his faith. Not only is he able to do so but he is able to use it to inspire confidence and hope in those who have found a safe haven in his house of prayer.
How long can faith survive in a world where the dead is coming back to life and feasting upon the living? How can faith hold up the small circle of survivors who has have carved out a new home in the Church? You’ll have to read through to find out. I warn you though even with how short this one is you will get sucked and and you should enjoy how it plays out. The two leads are wonderfully well written and while it’s clear that almost everyone else is background noise they are used to heighten every moment that they are in.
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