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All the twists and all the drama that are nestled into these pages are a wonderful touch. I did feel for the characters as they lived their day to day life. I will have to give Kings of the Dead 4 Undead Heads out of 5.
-Lyle Perez, Undead in the Head --http://www.undeadinthehead.com
What it lacks in finesse it makes up for in sincerity. Zombie fans wondering how they would fare in a zombie apocalypse should read Kings of the Dead, a journal by a committed fan of zombie media.
"The Zedword Blog" thezedword.blogspot.com
From the Author
Thank you for taking the time to look into my book, I do hope you have the opportunity to read and enjoy it as many others already have. I am open to any queries about the book via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony was born in Springfield, Oregon in the fall of 1969 and spent much of his childhood being moved from one location to another. Finally setting out on his own at age 16 Tony has since made his own way in the world with time spent in the military (USN 88-91), in the medical field(91-95), as an IT Guru during the dot.com era (95-2003), and as a professional Chef for many years. He wrote his first full length novel in 2009 for that years National Novel Writing Month. Since that time he has sold that book as a self published title until it was picked up for publication by Permuted Press. He is currently working on a significantly more ambitious project in between the rigors of working a full time job and trying to keep his life together during these rough economic times.
First off - my rating on a 1 to five scale would be a 3.5, but Amazon makes you stick to whole numbers and I don't feel comfortable with the 4, so 3 it is.
The book is a good read, but a fast one. I finished the book over the course of a few evenings.
Kings of the Dead, as other reviews have stated, is a journal style novel written by the main character for the most part. Telling the tale of an undead rising from the point of view of one person. I do enjoy this type of reading, I am a fan of Day by Day Armaggeddon by J.L. Bourne, so I was really looking forward to reading this.
The story grabbed me right away and was interested in following this group of survivors in the land of the dead. Several of the characters stood out and I enjoyed following them.
As for the zombies, the story started off with the classic Romero-style zombie shambling around. Later, faster and stronger zombies were introduced in a very clever and believable way - something very refreshing in zombiedom books.
There were also some very strong curve balls to the story that I did not see coming and applaud the author for these risks he took with the characters.
There were a couple of issues that I did have with the story. First off was the sheer number of characters in the first half of the book. It was difficult to keep all their stories straight and which characters were performing which tasks.
Second was the journal format itself. It was difficult to know exactly how much time had passed between each journal entry. It would have been nice if the entries were dated or time stamped in some way.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book from this first time author and I'm really looking forward to more from Tony in the future.
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Tony's wife, Heather, contacted me on Facebook. She said "Hey, my husband Tony has a book. You should review it." Next thing I know I have a book in the mail and two new good friends. I have been talking to Tony, the author, and because we have become friends it does not mean that I will give a biased review. As always I'll be 100% honest while reviewing the book.
Kings of the Dead is written in a first person narrative. The main character, played by Tony, keeps a journal of his experiences during a post apocalyptic world. The story takes place at a time not so long ago. Mid to late 2009 the Hemagglutinin Neuraminidase virus better known as H1N1 or Swine Flu is causing panic around the world. A vaccine is created but before they can inoculate those infected, the vaccine mutated into something no one expected. Those who received the vaccine expired and returned to life seeking the flesh of the living. One by one the infection spreads, turning most of the world's population into the living dead.
The story revolves around Tony and a group of survivors, which includes Heather, (Tony's wife), Derek and Bren (from the popular zombie podcast Mail Order Zombie '[...] With the living dead around every corner and the insane survivors that have turned to cannibalism lurking, nowhere is safe. Tony records their travels in his journal. He not only teaches you how to survive a world ruled by the undead but he also teaches you about the human factor. Every journal entry is another lesson in survival till the end. If you want to know what fate has in store for the survivors you'll have to pick up a copy.
Like I said before my friendship with Tony will not get involved in this review. I can say that I honestly enjoyed this book very much.Read more ›
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I am one of the few who did not care for Day by Day Armageddon. In the same way it's difficult to suspend disbelief during a shaky, handheld camera horror movie (why would they keep filming??), it's asking a lot to believe that someone would write something down in their diary after they just got done running from a pack of the undead. However, Kings of the Dead did what DBDA could not...it sucked me right in.
The main character comes to life on the page, as he should if we are to believe he is the one writing the story. The journal itself becomes part of the story. This is not just page after page of "we ran from zombies, we killed zombies, now we're hiding here and I'm writing about it." Sometimes the diary is neglected for weeks at a time. Sometimes the main character does not feel like writing in it (or can't) and the other characters pick up the slack for him. As more and more time passes, they even start to forget what day it is. This is as effective and believable as one can make this challenging story format.
I finished it in less than 24 hours because I found it so captivating. Very well done and I highly recommend it.
Just finished the Kings of the Dead and i'm no extreme reviewer nor am i good at writing up and makin things sound fancy schmancy.. HOWEVER, you gotta read "Kings of the Dead!!" Front to back the book is a great read and is very easy to get into.. You see the lead character Cole from a witty zombie survivalist funny man but page by page the man transforms and does what he needs to do to survive and care for the people who he leads. The novel's Journal format helps add a first person touch to it.
You also tap into the human psyche and it really goes to show when the people who are mentally defective get off their meds in mass numbers or when sadistic thinking people who are just hiding out pretending to live in the real world as a normal person because fear of law and incarceration, but once the government fully collapses what's to stop these madmen from living their lives the way they want to live???
without spoiling much this book has one of the most INSANELY Awesome endings of epic proportion rarely seen in the Zombie Survival genre. Cole is one of the best protagonists I've followed in the permuted lineup. Up there with JL Bourne and Craig DiLouie I would not pass this book up..
And a message to Tony Faville! You have earned a new fan for life and I hope this review will open doors for more members to follow.
When the ZPAW Happens i'll cya.. i'll remember to bring some MREs
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