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Lucky Streak

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC (July 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936730073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936730070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,000,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Lucky isn't so lucky...at least that is what I thought at the beginning of this first person narrative. He has been rescued, or perhaps captured would be a better word for it, by the military, after getting attacked by a zombie. He has already taken a drug to resist the effects of the zombie infection, and while the military monitors his progress in dealing with the viral battle going on inside his body, he is asked to tell his story, being told more than once that the information he shares could help save lives. That is when the real story begins.

Lucky, aka Barney Pinocle, is an eighteen year old kid who has a rap sheet, spending days of his misspent youth getting caught for various heists, some of which he was guilty of and others he was not. Lucky is a good kid though, and with a father and two aunts in law enforcement, they have both watched out for him and also given him tips to avoid getting caught (unintentionally). Lucky's tale in flashback begins with a heist he is pulling off, stealing a valuable antique from a local home. He describes with pride how he avoids getting caught, and works with his partner, Snake, to fence the goods once he has made his escape. After that, Snake is nervous about getting caught another job, but Lucky needs the money after helping out his neighbor with her rent. You see, Lucky is a good guy despite his bad habit of stealing. Before and during the second heist, there are hints being dropped about the impending zombie apocalypse, but they are fairly subtle, and wouldn't make someone who wasn't completely paranoid too concerned. But when both Lucky and Snake get busted for the heist, and zombies start popping up all over the place, all subtlety is gone and hell breaks loose.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Dane's book "Lucky Streak" and I like it so much that I've ordered a hard copy directly from Dane's online site store so that he can sign it for me :)

One thing that I like about Dane's book is that he tells the tale of the life of "Lucky" (aka "Barney") before, during, and after the outbreak with a great pace and well written dialogue.

Lucky is a thief among a family of police officers-- kind of the "accepted" black sheep of the family to some extent, given his criminal preferences over that of his family's preference to protect and serve. He's young, impulsive, but also has a kind streak inside him. He reminded me of a Robin Hood type figure, robbing the rich to help people in need (himself included), which was portrayed very well, and something that I liked from the character.

The zombie outbreak doesn't really start to happen until a good deal of chapters within the book--so if you're looking for a book that starts off guns blazing...I just want to warn you, this is a snapshot of a survivor of an outbreak telling his own tale for better or for worse. So you won't get blood and guts for a bit, but Dane's writing style works in a way that you may not mind having all this background information before the crap hits the fan.

If you like character driven stories and zombies, check this book out. I enjoyed the ride :)

Sample a few pages before you buy it- don't just take my word for it.

Everybody is different.
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Format: Kindle Edition
He had me from page one. Great characters & characterization. I read the whole book in one setting.
He uses that device, so beloved of movies & TV drama, where the book starts close to the end & the bulk of the story is told in flashback. It works very well here.
I don't want to say too much more & give away the ending.

So, another perfect score for the zombie genre, huh?

Not exactly. It's well-written & kept me interested through 'til the end, but....

There's always a but isn't there?

The thing is, one of the successes of this book was that it enabled me to pin down just what I don't like about the zombie genre..... the zombies.

Yeah, they're scary, but what they aren't is mysterious, or in any way interesting.

The effect of this, for me is that it means all the good stuff... the characterization, the tragedy, the mystery etc. is on the side of the good guys. The zombies are just what they are, an unstoppable force, with no real character.

Dane Grannon IS a remarkably good writer though. Good enough that I never even considered giving up on the book. This is as good as any zombie book you're ever likely to find, but I don't really like zombies much, so it did leave me feeling that there was something lacking after I finished it. Like a delicious meal, lacking one ingredient that would have made it perfect.

I can't level that as a criticism against Dane Grannon's writing in any way, it's just a personal taste thing. I recommend this book highly, without reservation to anyone who likes the zombie genre.

Despie my personal distaste for this particular subgenre of horror story, I have to give Dane Grannon four stars for writing a zombie novel I couldn't put down until I'd finished it.

I will certainly be reading more of his work in the future.
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