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This review is from: Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End (Kindle Edition)
Too often in Z literature we see macho survivalist men taking it all in stride and simply dealing with the hordes that appear with almost aplomb. That is not what this novel is all about.
Loureiro has crafted a superb tale of horror and survival in the worst possible scenario. A lawyer and his cat, caught in the storm and taken along for a horrifying and amazing ride.
This tale is told specifically from the perspective of the lawyer - through his blog entries and then later his journal. The perspective is excellent, the writing compelling, and the story feels REAL! It's truly an artist who can grab a hold of the reader and not let go at all until the tale is done! The descriptions of the characters are superbly done, from the cat and the neighbor in the beginning, to the ship captain, Ukranian pilot, and Nun, it's the most compelling Z novel since World War Z!
The best part of this whole thing is that the Lawyer is NOT one of those macho types who thinks he can defeat the hordes and take back the world. He is a regular guy. A regular guy who learns through desperation how to survive in this post apocolyptic world. A man who has never fired a gun in his life, a man who loves his cat and risks his life for it, a man who cares about other human beings and makes every effort to keep those he finds alive.
The reader is taken along this roller coaster of a story through all the horrors, mistakes and injuries. Told from the perspective of a character thrust into this new insane world, it shows the amazing resilience of the human spirit.
A true page turner - You will have a hard time putting this one down!
There are a couple of areas where those who have technical hangups will spout "That's the wrong word", etc. Two things need to be understood:
1. this is written from the perspective of a person who may not have that technical expertise and therefore does not know the proper terminology.
2. The book was translated from Spanish and there may be some slight errors there.
Overall it's gripping, amazing and very hard to put down! Read this book!
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Initial post: Dec 2, 2012 10:29:19 PM PST
Tim Hermann says:
The technical hangups only got me once, when the lawyer first finds the GLOCK (confirmed by saying that the word "Glock" was on the side). It says that he found all the main functions of the gun. One of those functions listed was "the safety" - something that would not be found on such a gun. It's not the one build into the trigger, as he lists it "trigger, safety, magazine release, etc."
Probably only something that would bother a gun nerd, but still more than just a "the perspective was un-technical" screwup.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 10:31:54 PM PST
James Ridgway says:
As a 'gun nerd' I hear you. I actually missed that one as I gave up on Glock a long time ago. There are a couple of instances like that - yet I feel they don't really take away from the overall story....
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2013 8:25:24 AM PDT
On the writter's defence, it is quite difficult to get hold of a handgun for common people in Europe (and when he wrotte the first novel, it was HIS first novel). Even detailed gun manuals are hard to be found, only now with internet being easier to find those details (it was first wrotte in the early 2000s').
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