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2.0 out of 5 stars This book needed an editor, January 15, 2012
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This review is from: No Easy Hope (Surviving the Dead Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I think this author has talent and I know how hard it is to finish a challenging project of this nature, but I think this book would have been vastly improved by an editor who would have challenged the writer to make better choices. For one, an editor would have told the author to radically scale back on the endless guns, ammo, and martial arts descriptions that quickly became tedious and are only really of interest to ardent gun enthusiasts. Weaponry is obviously an important part of the zombie world, but it kills any book where it becomes the main focus.

Also, the character development is lacking. All the male characters seem to be cut from the same generic blue collar meat and potatoes man template and the dialogue rarely rises above one dimensional locker room talk. There is little true vulnerability or growth and I found it hard to relate to or connect with the characters.

Also, the plotting suffered because the dialogue was mostly expository.

I do plan to buy the next book in the series because I think the author has promise, but he really needs to rethink some of what he does. I just read another zombie book called "Into the Badlands" that avoids all these pitfalls and generated a lot of suspense and character connection by making its characters 3 dimensional, vulnerable, and real.
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2012 7:41:56 PM PST
Spot on. I totally agree. I will buy the 2nd book because its cheap and I think the author has promise.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 1:18:48 PM PST
Yes, absolutely agree!
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