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dialogue that is believable and genuine
on July 12, 2014
The action and adventure continues in Stephen A. North's Dead Tide Rising, the follow up to the first book in the Dead Tide series. The book begins at the beginning of the zom-pocalypse with the addition of yet another character, Dead Eye Johnny, and we are then hurled head first back into the continuing saga of the first book as the undead rip through the Tampa Bay area.
Again, as with the first novel, it's definitely a fun read. I love the blood and guts, the storytelling is adventurous and risky, and there is plenty of zombie action and death scenes to go 'round. But just like the first novel, the follow up was just as confusing. In addition to the already overwhelming number of character view points, North has added the president of The United States, Dead Eye Johnny the cart pusher, the president's wife, and so on and so forth. I can only say so on and so forth, because after now reading two of North's books in the same series (nearly back to back) I can barely recall all of the characters' names and I couldn't begin to tell you anything other than their occupation.
My favorite kind of story is one in which I can identify or relate with at least one of the characters. I truly enjoy and have the ability to immerse myself into a book in which I genuinely care about someone in it. Unfortunately that is not the case in Dead Tide Rising. For however much I enjoyed the content of the book, I never truly found myself ever caring about the characters and I found that if any one of them were killed off and the third book in the series has an entirely new cast of characters, I would be fine with it. I never truly got to the point in which I wanted to see any of these peoples' stories played out, and again, as with the first book, I never found that "hook, line, and sinker" protagonist that made me root for them in any way.
I'm not bashing North's books by any means, if that were the case I wouldn't have finished them. In fact, I still have the desire to read the next book in the series. I just wish there weren't as many characters, or that at least the characters were defined by something more than their name.
Another quick thing to point out if you're planning on reading this zombie adventure, is that there is quite a bit of sexual tension between everyone all of the time, and rape tends to gets brought up quite a bit. Something that just didn't seem to fit well with the story was the fact that during the end of the world, everyone seems to want to have sex with everyone that they meet, at all times.
All in all, Dead Tide Rising entertains. It's not a book that bores you and it's definitely a book you'll be able to finish and enjoy. Again, North creates dialogue that is believable and genuine, something that matters a great deal to me when reading a book in any genre. I think this is another great addition to any zombie lovers collection. Just don't expect to remember the differences between different people unless you're really good with names.