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Gritty and graphic, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the post apocalyptic genre. And the book ends with the possibility of a sequel, which I would be very interested in reading if it is written.
In the mid 1960's Italian film director Sergio Leone made three iconic westerns starring newcomer Clint Eastwood. They portrayed a world of hot deserts and dusty towns made of wooden shacks, where the gun was law and fear governed. Imagine a story where the setting for A Fistful of Dollars meets the Spanish Inquisition and you have The Zona in your sights.
Nathan L. Yocum has envisioned a world (a comparative paradise) that is destroyed by man's inability to control global warming. First rains and then floods, followed by the winds and disease. A catastrophe of biblical proportions removes the last two hundred years of human technological advancement with divine indifference. A small amount of tech survives but it is mainly military and controlled by The Church; a reprehensible organisation performing sadistic acts in God's name.
The story unfolds in post-apocalyptic Arizona, in an area now called The Zona.
We travel with Lead, full name Leonard Marchez, as he performs the Church's work as a Preacher by making sinners repent by rope or blanket. Either be bound and delivered to the local parish for mock trial and execution, or just cut to the chase and agree to be shot immediately (with an ancient .38 revolver), then covered by the blanket. Placing his trust in a Higher Authority means that Lead never really considers himself responsible for his own actions; in fact he never considers his actions at all. One day he is charged with making another sinner repent; Terence Wood. When he discovers that Terrence is an old Preacher, Lead cannot bring himself to pull the trigger, and so starts the process of questioning divine authority. This is an extremely unhealthy option when the Church is sole judge, jury and executioner...Read more ›
Our guide through this harsh, Wild-West world is Lead (named after his military division, Lead Group Two). Lead is a Preacher, an enforcer for the Zona's iron-fisted Theocracy; his job is to unquestioningly stamp out dissention by hunting down those who the Church have marked as troublemakers. When a Preacher tracks down a Mark, he gives them the Church's choice of rope or blanket -- to be tied with rope, and taken back to the Church for punishment, or to be shot dead and covered with a blanket.
At the beginning of the book Lead comes across as an arrogant, hard, instrument of the Church. However, as a series of life-changing encounters unfold, we see that he has a conscience and (even more surprisingly), a capacity for hope and joy in living, despite the bleak circumstances of his existence. Consider this passage, as he is running for his life: "The winds shifted, the sands settled. Night had fallen and the stars stretched out to infinity, tracing their slow spiral through the moonless sky. Despite his many and varied travels, Lead had never seen the evening sky so radiant.Read more ›
A new order has arrived. The Church controls western territories that haven't been subject to floods, pandemics, and nuclear radiations. The Zona is one of these territories. Lead is a Preacher. He knows how to spread the word of the Lord. His mission? Kill the infidels. Kill men who don't abide by the Church's rules anymore. The Church sends him to punish - by the blanket or the rope - a former Preacher, Terrence. But Lead can't kill him.
Lead has now failed in his holy mission. Cruisader Eliphaz comes after Terrence and him, hunting them like animals. Lead must repent for he has sinned.
The chase forces Lead and Terrence to stick together. Lead has no faith in the Church anymore and wants a way out. That way out is called New Pueblo, a hidden town away from the Zona where life like before the apocalypse is possible.
Will Eliphaz get hold of the fugitives before they reach New Pueblo?
The Zona is a gripping and dark tale that'll haunt your thoughts until the last chapter. Lead is a stunning character who searches for his true identity in a world where superficial dreams don't survive.
Back to basics. Be ready to start a journey into the bowels of the human nature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Writer killed off the only interesting character in the book.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read Rawls and American, all of their books. This book... I will give you my copy of this book. I stopped after page 50 and it was hard to get that far. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kon
I had a few problems with this book. First, with the day of the end of the world still in living memory, I don't see how the government collapsed that bad that fast, and I'm giving... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Growing_hair
I was really excited for this book, and it was good but not great. I was hoping for more of a post-apocalyptic survival thriller but it’s more dystopian themed book. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Drew (@drewsant)
***Note for the review: Amazon is showing the page count at 252, however the copy I received, direct from the publisher (not purchased from their website but a final copy received... Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Donna C
Book Info: Genre: Post-apocalyptic
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of dark post-apocalyptic fantasy
Trigger Warnings: religious persecution (by which I... Read more
"We're just winding down the clock until the Earth finishes us all off with weather and viruses or we finish ourselves with our own viciousness." -'The Zona. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Horror Novel Reviews
I'm glad I got this book when it was free because I just couldn't get into it. I struggled along to 10% and gave up. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Patricia Kenworthy
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