This is the Blurb for Dan Soule’s The Ash:
Even on the day of his divorce, Constable Jim Castle just wants to get back to his family, but no one can risk going outside. Not anymore. Worse still, when the fallout starts, Jim is hostage to a gang of armed thieves in a rundown farmhouse. Their plan is simple: wait it out as the radioactive ash piles higher and try not to kill each other. But they don’t have to worry about any of that. Because all their assumptions about what caused the end of the world are about to be snatched away – like a body into the ash.
A blend of The Road meets Alien in the English countryside, The Ash is a breakneck horror ride. Another of Dan Soule’s Fright Night tales, where even if one man can face his demons, it still might not be enough. So turn the page and get pulled screaming into… The Ash.
This is my first taste of Dan’s writing and I’m annoyed that I’ve left it this late in life to find him. He writes horror at a breakneck pace that means you don’t want to put the book down. His characters are easy to empathise with and the situations he creates are the result of meticulous research. If you enjoy your fiction when it’s fast-paced and exquisitely executed, you’re going to love The Ash.