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A childish attempt at story writing.,
This review is from: The Dead Shall Inherit The Earth (Paperback)I really wanted to like this book, I read it cover to cover and as I finished the last page I closed the book, tossed it into the nearest corner and said - and I quote "That book sucked."
The premise is rather encouraging. Crazy space virus that frizzles your brain and makes you go ravenous. Throw in some sort of governmental conspiracy to shake things up a bit. Mix it with a group of tough as nails hardcore, highly trained professional killers (with a troubled past*gasp*) to clean up the disaster. It's more than a bit formulaic, but you come to accept such things from the zombie genre. That alone wouldn't have made the book bad.
First, despite the author's attempts at creating engaging characters, I found I couldn't care less about any of them. They were all very shallow, stereotypical mercenaries. It felt like a lazy attempt at character creation. You did get a healthy description of how everyone looked though. Muscles with bulging veins, tattoos and scars for the main character. Every living female is at least moderately attractive, but the majority are beautiful. You can also expect a description of almost every female's breasts, yes, that includes the zombies. To top it all off, we get a sex scene between a main character (not THE main character) and his wife. This provides absolutely no benefit to the reader other than to display the author's prowess at using euphemisms for the pieces and parts.
Aside from a brief introduction to the zombies in the beginning, we didn't see them again until the last quarter of the book. That is where the characters broke the mold and instead of acting like the battle hardened mercenaries they were, they acted like horror movie idiots. The only thing that was really of any interest as the authors attempt to give us a look into what some of the zombies were thinking. Other than that, there wasn't much that was memorable about the zombie assault. I never really did feel the suspense or fear that I've come to expect from the genre.
Finally, the wrap up of the story was reminiscent of a bungee jump without the cord, abrupt and messy. It was like he had reached his assigned word count and slapped THE END at the bottom. It only succeeded in furthering my dislike for the book. I would not recommend this book to anyone, and am currently trying to find the most fitting way to dispose of it.