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He is currently hard at work on the third and fourth novels in the STAY DEAD series, as well as new collaboration with a fellow indie author.
Steve lives in New Jersey with his wife and sons. When he's not writing he's lettering Comic Books and Graphic Novels for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, and Random House on titles like Attack on Titan, FBP, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Next Testament, Six-Gun Gorilla, and a slew of others.
Top Customer Reviews
The story also jumps around a bit too suddenly. For instance we are taken from the zombie attacks to a secret lab in the hills of West Virginia and suddenly introduced to a new character. But how did she get there? Who is she, does she have a family, why was she selected to work in the lab?
Then there is the gore. I know zombie books are supposed to have gore, that's one of the reasons I read them. But when it is repeated over and over again it gets boring. Zombies walking, trailing their intestines really only needs to be done once.
I also took some star power away for believability. I know, expecting believability in zombie book is asking a lot. But to have corpses rise from the grave, without explanation, no matter how long or how deep they were buried really is a stretch. I mean does everyone who ever lived suddenly come back as a zombie? Then the discovery that the zombies are actually speaking, just pronouncing the words backwards. Maybe some of the "gore" was from Tipper? I was relieved to find that I had not been duped into reading some evangelical nonsense.
Finally, there is the editing. Please someone help this author (and too many others) with the differences between, their, there, they're, no, know, to and too.Read more ›
The story feels choppy and would benefit from smoother transitions. It's especially jarring when the story jumps from one group of survivors to the others, often without adequate introduction of the new scene or characters. The characters are underdeveloped, usually given only cursory backstories (if any). That's fine for the minor characters, but the major characters need more substance, especially if they're going to hook the reader emotionally. Reading the dialogue, you'd be hard-pressed to know which character was speaking if the author didn't identify them by name; none of them have particularly unique voices.
Wands often creates interesting situations (the introduction of a serial killer in the group of survivors being the best one), but rather than taking his time and fully exploring them over the course of the novel, or at least several chapters, he introduces them and resolves them in a short amount of time, missing some great opportunities for conflict and character development.
The author clearly loves zombie lit and wants to bring some new elements to the genre, however he has a tendency to fall back on zombie/horror movie cliches (a certain amount of that is unavoidable). While a proofreader would be extremely helpful, Wands really needs an editor. He has some good material and ideas; he just needs help focusing them and presenting them to maximum effect.
I am really forgiving of self-published ebooks, especially post-apocalyptic pulp. However, the author couldn't decide what he wanted this book to be, so he crammed in a lot of characters, a handful of plots (that in some ways converge with huge holes), and then gave up at the end without taking the book to a real conclusion. ("The book was awful and it was too short!")
Don't buy this. I can say with some confidence no one read this book before publishing it, even the author or his family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. I must have gotten an edited version as nothing horrible jumped out at me.
I liked the characters and I like the story line. Read more
This would most definitely benefit from a good editor and a proof reader. Perhaps a few lessons in character development wouldn't go amiss, either. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rachel Scalmer
I've read some really good Apocalypse type books on Amazon, but this one was not one of them. They always say "Don't judge a book by it's cover. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book and l am only ten years old and I wish everyone could read this book loved it.;)Published 21 months ago by Angel Kelly
I love horror literature and especially post apocalyptic stuff.
But this book is a huge disappointment. It didn't even worth the 0$ to download it for free. Read more
Intense. This is a novel of survival.....and death. I found myself holding my breath, catching sigh as one of the brave fell n mad as he'll as the idiots who should have died,... Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Talena
For the most part this was an ok read. Not the best, but certainly not the worst that I have read.
I thought the character development was really lacking. Read more
Stay Dead is filled with everything that those of us who love the zombie genre like. Zombie carnage with plenty of Gore and a story where no character is safe. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by George Cook
I'm about a third thru this book. I keep getting characters confused or going back to see if there's any info on a particular character. There is none... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer