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Excellent blend genres
on February 26, 2013
The books in this series are really more like long chapters rather than complete books. But for only $0.99 each they are a reasonable value even though they can't really even qualify as novellas in my opinion.
The author manages to draw the reader in with a likable main character and a reasonably smooth flowing story. As a series, he manages to blend multiple genres of fiction into a single integrated story in an interesting and entertaining manner. The series starts out in a typical zombie apocalypse fashion with a meteorite shower as the source of the zombie infection. Our hero is a meat cutter at a local supermarket who finds himself forced into a leadership position among fellow survivors as the number of flesh-eating "freaks" starts to rapidly multiply. The story then develops along predictable lines as he assemblies his crew of three women (two fellow grocery store staffers and a girl who has repeatedly rejected his past romantic overtures) as they go on the road in search of safety and missing relatives. Along the way the story takes on elements of extraterrestial science fiction, angelic/demonic horror, and good old fashioned governmental conspiracies.
After four "books", it looks like this series is going to go on for quite a while, so don't expect anything but cliffhanger endings. But given the success of The Walking Dead series of comics, that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
What is a bad thing in these books, like many others by inexperienced (and only marginally educated) authors, is that they suffer from almost intolerably bad grammar. It is not merely a question of poor editing, mispelling, and "typographical errors". It is an example of the incredibly poor job our modern day educational system does in allowing barely literate students to graduate from high school. Examples repeatedly found in this series are erratic sentence structure and tense, misuse of homonyms, and use of unnecessary or incorrect prepositions. I am not a grammar Nazi, but it is so aggravating to constantly read "he looked out of the window" instead of simply "he looked out the window". Or "he fell onto the ground" rather than "he fell to the ground". Reading such examples fifty times in a short book would be easy, but reading such nonsense five hundred times is irritating.
For those who don't care about grammar, no matter how bad, I highly recommend this series. For those who do care, I still recommend them as being moderately worth the effort of mentally rephrasing most of the sentences and dialog.