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Deliciously descriptive but B-grade at best
on August 2, 2011
First off, I will admit that this book was one of the most descriptive I have read in the genre thus far. However, it does still have its ups and downs.
-As stated earlier, it was amazingly descriptive. Like other reviewers, I found myself lost in the gory (literally) details of the scenes.
-A good fresh jump on the origin of the cause of the undead apocalypse.
-The author was quite ruthless in who survived or not. I never expected the deaths of half of the people at all. I actually had to re-read one part just because I thought I had the name of the victim wrong.
However, the book seemed to have more cons than pros:
-The characters were extremely flat; I'm talking thinner than paper here.
-As a military man, I will instantly nitpick at anything military-related in a novel. It seems as if the only knowledge of the military structure the author had was from B-grade movies from the SyFy channel. Also, all knowledge of weapons seemed to stem from playing Call of Duty (or other comparable FPSs).
-Continuity. At some parts rank, characters, and even gender seemed to freely interchange.
-Although I could get through it there were some points where the grammar needed to be revised. Some sentences had extra words, and there were common misuses of words. Also, near the end of the book, it appeared as if the author pulled out a thesaurus for some of the descriptions as I saw. Certain verbs and adjectives appear only once in the entire novel.
I'll give it three stars due to the awesome descriptions that the author provides (which is the only thing that got me to the end.) However, more character development and research on military subjects are vital to the next work, should it be so military-oriented.