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Crusade (Eden Book 2) Paperback – September 30, 2013
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I admit I was a bit lost in terms of the sheer volume of characters and their relationships with each other, but the book was absolutely worth the effort of learning all the new names. Monchinski does a great job balancing complex personal relationships with the greater survival/quest story, and his dialogue is very impressive. And of course there's the gloriously described zombie warfare. Monchinski's depictions are long on technical detail (you're going to learn a lot about armor and weaponry), but also have some great choreographed battle scenes. You can almost see these fights unfold before your eyes.
Obviously you're going to get more out of Crusade if you've read Eden first (and believe me, that one is going to the top of my reading list), but Crusade is a very strong zombie novel that should appeal to just about anyone who is into this kind of tale.
I know that Tony had his critiques with Eden who couldn't get over the typos. Those drones miss a helluva story. And guess what, there will be a few in Crusade. Get over it and READ the story. Tony has a very gritty, and real voice that is engaging as well as quite capable of drawing you into his world and his story.
As always, when there is a need, I make full-disclosure. Tony was kind enough to read a preview of my debut novel and pen a testimonial for the cover. He didn't know me from Adam, and was very gracious--as has been the case with many of Permuted Press' writers. But, I approached him because of reading Eden, and because I was such a fan. I still am, and shall remain. However, simply put...Tony tells a damn good story.
A lot of people lately have teed off on novels with "too many characters" in them. I have a problem with these short-attention-span book hounds. I say this because there is no shortage of characters--major or minor--in Tony's book. And each one is rich, entertaining, and vital to the advancement of his story. Sure, he could have done an entire novel solely about Bear. But where's the fun in that? Tony gives the reader a cast of people they could sink into the midst of and join vicariously in their exploits.
As is my custom, with praise comes criticism. I did get a bit flustered at the lengthy opening scene. It was a carnage fest, and it made me tired just reading it.Read more ›
Crusade opens with a man in heavy protective gear readying himself for a battle against an entire town full of the dead. He pushes a wooden cart full of enough fire power to make a drug cartel jealous and carries with him a swaddled bundle. Amongst the dead vehicles he places weapons and barrels full of gasoline. A woman joins him and they stand off against a horde of the undead. In my opinion, in the opening sequence Monchinski establishes the nice balance he maintains through out the novel. The action in the opening scene is frantic yet methodical. It goes on for awhile (roughly twenty five to thirty pages) put the pages turn fast and easy.
Once the first chapter is over the story flies back in time and picks up with the aforementioned Eden refugees fleeing through a zombie infested world. They all bare the scars of their time in Eden and in between great zombie action Monchinski delves into the characters and develops each unflinchingly. We are introduced to another ill-fated convoy of survivors that eventually end up meeting the original core group of characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book starts off with some amazing zombie warfare....it grabs you and not let you put the book down..... Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is the continuation from Tony's Eden. I feel that this has more of a solid story. The characters are more likable and feel a little better developed. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Harvey Floyd Jr
I read and loved Eden. I could not wait to read Crusade. I was not disappointed, not even close. I love zombies and have been a fan for 30+ years. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Gina Niebergall
I read the series & truly enjoyed the journey. I loved Eden, & Crusade answered a lot of questions, but kept me guessing. I'm excited for the 4th book. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Kclyde12
So if your anything like me, after reading Eden, you were like "neeeed mooorrree" well, the wait is over. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by M. Delabar
I was dissapointed in this book. I really liked the first book and the writing style. The writing is different and at times I was confused about where the book was going and what... Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by P. Pranke
I love all Zombie books. I try to read all the zombie books I can get my hands on. This is the 2nd book in this series. I enjoyed it! Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by becperk
I agree with other reviews that the opening zombie battle was way too long.... really it was probably three times longer than it needed to be. Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by mikej